Saxophonist

Dave Taylor

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Saxophonist
Swaffham
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Dave is a very experienced saxophonist. He's a one man show using backing tracks or a duo, a quartet or quintet depending on your needs.

I'm a very experienced saxophonist who has amassed over 30 years of professional working life. I have a history that includes 24 years service as an army musician. I'm currently spending my days and some evenings teaching and gigging wherever I am needed. I play to backing tracks for dinners, parties or conference receptions. I can be joined by up to 4 other musicians to really boost the sound and versatility. I also play in pit orchestras on anything up to 6 instruments.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
Classical, Jazz, Folk, Pop, Rock, Electronic, Blues, Latin jazz, Modern jazz, Dixieland, Swing, Classical crossover, Film / TV music, Contemporary classical, Musical theatre
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Composer, Transcription, Orchestrator, Fluent improviser, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Composition teaching, Fluent sight-reader, MC, Repetiteur
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Song list

Set 1.... Ain't misbehavin'.
My Funny Valentine
O Got Rhythm
Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered
It's Alright With Me
A Foggy Day
Have You Met Miss Jones
But Not For Me
My Ship
Thou Swell
All The things You Are
Embraceable You
Just In Time
I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face
Fascinating Rhythm
Summertime
Set 2.... Sweet Georgia Brown
Over The Rainbow
I've Got A Crush On You
Bye Bye Blackbird
'S Wonderful
As Time Goes By
How Long Has This Been Going On?
The Days Of Wine And Roses
Nice Work If You Can Get It
Emily
The Way You Look Tonight
Misty
On Green Dolphin Street
Someone To Watch Over Me
Almost Like Being In Love
Strike Up The Band
Set 3/additional Numbers
Chasing Pavements
I've Got You Under My Skin
All I Do Is Dream Of You
Bring Him Home
Don't Get Around Much Any More
All Blues
Georgia On My Mind
A Slow Boat To China
Here's That Rainy Day Again
Mr PC
The Nearness Of You
Nostalgia In Times Square.
Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

I try to be as flexible as possible. Weddings are notoriously vague when it comes to timings. The most difficult one to negotiate is where the new time crosses over midnight. Please also be aware that it is sometimes the rules of the venue that can prevent changes from being possible. Having said that, if it is allowed, I can usually accommodate.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

I can usually provide this service for free as long as it falls within the agreed times of the event. Only in unusual circumstances is an addition charge possibly needed.

How much time do you need to set up?

This varies massively from venue to venue. Usually about 30-40 minutes provided access and parking are reasonable. I try to arrive an hour before the first playing time so that I can set up and sound check well before the performance begins.

Can I pick the songs you play from the set list?

You can but please be aware that I usually play them in the order they are on in the iPad. I can add songs given enough notice and can skip ones that don't want played.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes. I bring PAT tested PA, extension cables, music stand, stand light and everything.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Yes I can. The only stipulation is that any requests are compatible with a saxophone and that backing track can be generated or bought. There is usually a fee for adding new songs and requests must be made within reasonable time of the event. Good things take time!

What do your clients love most about your performances?

The most repeated phrase is the added ambiance to an event. I've often complimented on my easy sounding style, my flexibility and varied song choice.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

I've played in everything from a small semi-detached house dining room to a church to a marquee. I've wandered around gardens playing A Capella and have entertained guests at weddings, birthdays, funerals, retirement parties and many more.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

My saxophone hero was the late great Michael Brecker. Having said that, I have such a wide experience of playing so many styles that I would probably say it is impossible to select one person.

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

Way back in 1988 I was posted in Gibraltar. Out of the blue came a call to provide a horn section for the very famous 4 Tops. I was flabbergasted to be playing behind the legend Levi Stubbs and it was possibly the highlight of my musical career. I've played for royalty on several occasions and have both played and sung in the Royal Albert Hall.

Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£150
Up to 1 hour£250
Up to 2 hours£350
Up to 3 hours£500
Packages
Wedding ceremony
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
£200
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception + Dinner
- Music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. - 2 x 45 min performances at the drinks reception of Sax with tracks. - 2 x 45 min performances as dinner is being served with live duo of Sax and Piano.
£700
Available services
Skype Consultation and 3 New Songs Learned
+£75

Reviews

From customers:

Email, 1 year ago

Dear Dave, Just a small thank you for the wonderful music you played at our wedding last Saturday afternoon. It was exactly what we thought we were going to get and set the tone of the afternoon very nicely.

Email, 2 years ago

Hi Dave, My wife and I would like to thank you for the performance you gave at our father's birthday party yesterday. He's loved the surprise., particularly the rendition of "summertime" you played. He will remember it for a long time to come.