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About Firat

Did anything one can do with a saxophone in Turkey, looking forward to do the same in London.
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I have been playing saxophone since the age of fifteen. During the sixteen years of playing I have grown from an amateur to a professional musician. I have taught students, played in a variety of blues, funk, ska, pop, reggae, latin and rock-n-roll bands, recorded and toured with top Turkey’s performers and played in TV shows and more - possibly everything one can do with a sax. I toured with my bands all those years, including Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Germany, Belgium and Pakistan. I played in international festivals, with touring famous pop musicians, TV shows, advertisements, movie tracks, corporate events as well as weddings and promotional events. I have now moved to London for family reasons. I am looking to establish myself as a musician here, too.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
Encore awards
3rd Encoreversary
Electronic, Dubstep, House, Triphop, Electro-Swing, Folk, Bluegrass, Pop, Covers, Disco, Funk, Motown, R&B, Vintage, Funk rock, Soul, Acoustic, Rock, Indie, Pop rock, Hard rock, Rock 'n' Roll, World music, Ska, Reggae, Greek music, Flamenco, Balkan, Bossa nova, Latin, Blues, Latin jazz, Jazz fusion, Gospel, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Musical theatre, Christmas, Easy listening, Hip Hop, Afrobeat, Cuban music, Deep house, Drum 'n' Bass, 1960s era music, Modern jazz, Arabic, Film / TV music, Country, Jazz, Light music, Classic rock, Punk rock, Armenian, Ambient
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Event types:
Concert, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Composer, Arranger, Fluent improviser, Instrumental teaching
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Song list

Funk&Soul& R&B
Incognito - Talkin Loud
Brand New Heavies - Boogie
Jamiroquai - Canned Heat
Rick James - Super Freak
Stevie Wonder - Superstitious
Benny Benassi - Satisfaction
Jennifer Lopez - Get Right
Jason Derulo - Talk Dirty
Fifth Harmony - Worth It
Alex Gaudino - Destination Calabria
Simply Red - Something Got Me Started
Ed Sheeran - Shape of You
Sting - Englishman in New York
George Michael - Careless Whisper
Sade - Smooth Operator
Whitney Houston - I will always love you
Mainstream Jazz
Sonny Rollins - Doxy
Dexter Gordon - Blue Bossa
Charlie Parker - Now's The Time
Sonny Rollins - St Thomas
John Coltrane - My Favourite Things
John Coltrane - Afro Blue
Antonio Carlos Jobim - Wave
Charlie Parker - My Little Suede Shoes
Tadd Dameron - Lady Bird
Madness - One Step Beyond
Madness - Night Boat to Cairo
The Specials - A Message to You Rudy
Buena Vista Social Club - Chan Chan
Buena Vista Social Club - Besame Mucho
Tito Puente - Brazil
Bob Marley - No Woman No Cry
Thievery Corporation - Amerimacka
Bob Marley - Buffalo Soldier
Bob Marley - I Shot the Sheriff
Blues& Rock'n Roll
Blues Brothers - Everbody Needs Somebody to Love
Blues Brothers - Shake a Tail Feather
Blues Brothers - Sweet Home Chicago
Gerry Raferty - Baker Street
Joe Cocker - You Can Leave Your Hat On
Joe Cocker - With a Little Help of My Friends
Chubby Checker - Let's Twist Again
Elvis Presley - Jailhouse Rock
Customer questions

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

I always try my best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let me know.

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

Absolutely. This is a really popular request and I actually offer this service for free. If you'd like a DJ service via our PA after the final set until the venue closes, I provide this for an additional £100.

How much time do you need to set up?

I only need 15 mins to set up.

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

I am also quite flexible. I will provide a playlist which best suits you, but if you have special request, or if you want to delete the song or add another it is all fine for me.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, absolutely. I will bring my own instrument to play acoustically or I can bring my small PA if needed.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

I'd love to do that. As a musician, learning new songs is my passion.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

My professionalisation, my playing, my ability to play all kinds of music, my attitude and respect to my music and work.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Hard Rock Cafe London, The Dome, Pelton Arms, Hackeny Downs Park, Aristocrat, The Bell Inn, The White Swan Charlton, The Cavern Freehouse, Portobello Road Festival, Kibele Restaurant, Yaz Restaurant, Shish Meze Restaurant. London, Reading, Southend, Split, Berlin, Mostar, Sibenik, Zadar, Gent, Koln, Munich, Baku, Istanbul big festivals and concert venues

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Michael Brecker, Simply Red, Incognito, Bill Evans, George Duke, Madness, Kenny Garrett,

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

I played Split Blues Festival, This is Ska Festival Berlin, Mostar Blues Festival, Yavuz Cetin Blues Festival, more than 100 festivals, TV shows with well known Turkish artists for thousands.


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)£75
Up to 1 hour£160
Up to 2 hours£250
Up to 3 hours£340


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Derek W, 2 years ago

We engaged Firat for a 2 hours Jazz Concert as part of a quintet. Despite being relatively new to Jazz Firat produced a stunning performance combining technical brilliance and flawless articulation. The concert was a huge success and was thoroughly enjoyed by all who were lucky enough to be there

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Oscar A, 2 years ago

I have met Firat through an audition. He was well prepared on the day (by knowing the songs before hand ). What it did show more from Firat is his ability to gel and sound well with other instruments/parts. On our 3rd meeting he was playing with the band in a gig at Hard Rock London. He did make the band sound even better by putting his stamp and arrangements beautifully. Firat is very committed person and a very good musician.