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Live saxophonists are a great and versatile choice for any event and James Banahan is the no1 Sax player to bring your party event to life !
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James Banahan has studied Music up to Degree Level and has been performing for over 25 years as a Saxophonist , from Soul bands to Jazz Ensembles . James has recently had media success with his band The Light Disciples and had BBC airplay with a song he wrote and produced '' Wont You Guide Me " which can be downloaded from this site . Along with his Saxophone skills, James also writes music for Media companies on request and teaches music in schools . James has experience performing alongside with DJ's , having been a regular Sax player at Revs de Cuba , Nottingham and performed regularly at the Nottingham Summer Ibiza " Playa day Club " in the Market out door arena with top DJ's from around the UK in front of a full house . Live Saxophonists are a great and versatile entertainment choice for any event . Hire a Saxophone player to play beautiful Classical music , Funky Ibiza or Smooth Jazz easy listening favourites . James Banahan can perform unaccompanied or along with professionally recorded backing tracks to create the sound of a full band with just one live performer. I also offer a DJ service . Please enquire for more details. Saxophonists are perfect for venues with sound restrictions , allowing you to enjoy live music no matter the limitations of the location of your event. James has 25 years of experience and will treat you to a memorable performance that can be tailor suited for your clients event . Be assured that James has Public Liability Insurance cover and all electrical equipment is PAT tested with documented paperwork that can be downloaded on request . If you are a bar or club and want to put on a night with an entertaining performance or booking your wedding ceremony , a Saxophone player adds a sensational visual impact to your night . James will create the perfect atmosphere for your special day .

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James Banahan's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Abigail T
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

James was amazing, the videos don’t do him justice he was even better live. On time and did extra for us. Highly recommend

Reply from James Banahan
1 year ago

Thank you for your kind words Abigail . It was my pleasure to perform for you .

From other customers:

Amy B
7 months ago, for a Wedding in The Plough Inn
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5 out of 5

James , Just want to thank you for yesterdays performance. Everyone loved you and your sax playlist ! You are the nicest guy and we are so happy we chose you for our wedding . Amy Vernon (Wedding) 10/10

Leanne H
7 months ago, for a Wedding in Rainworth
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5 out of 5

Wow !! We recently booked James to come and play at our wedding reception and he absolutely amazed us and our guests. We spoke prior to to the wedding and discussed what songs he was to play and timings which he delivered perfectly on the night . James played some songs with his backing tracks to fill the space between the speeches and the DJ starting and then came on for a second set with the DJ. James engaged with the guests and everyone commented on how brilliant and exceptionally talented James was, playing a mixture of ibiza classics and pop songs . What a perfect addition to our wedding ,thank you so much for creating a fabulous atmosphere , we are so grateful. Leanne Hallam (Wedding) 10/10

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James Banahan's Song list

Song list : Smooth Jazz and Jazz standards
This Masquerade - G Benson
Just the two of us - B Withers
Never too much- George Benson
Street Life - The Crusaders
Pick up the pieces - Average white band
Smooth Operator - Sade
Your love is king - Sade
Forget me not - P Rushen
Never too much - Luther Vandross
Take five - Dave Brubeck
My way - F Sinatra
Fly me to the moon - F Sinatra
The way you look tonight - F Sinatra
New York - F Sinatra
Moon River - F Sinatra
Come fly with me - F Sinatra
Everything- Michael Buble
Feeling good- Michael Buble
Sway - Michael Buble
I’ve got you under my skin- M Buble
Moondance - Michael Buble
September - Earth Wind Fire
Rock with you - M Jackson
Aint nobody- Chaka Khan
Dancing Queen- ABBA
Im every woman - Chaka Khan
Okay that funky music- AWB
Love Train - O Jays
YMCA - Village people
Soul -
Respect- A Franklin
My Cherie Armour- S Wonder
Dancing in the street - M Reeves
River deep - Tina Turner
Brown eyed girl- V Morrison
Midnight hour - W Pickett
Uptight - S Wonder
Ain’t no mountain higher- M Gaye
I’ve got you - James Brown
Baker Street - G Rafferty
Pop classics
Careless whisper - G Michael
Saving all my love - W Houston
I will always love you - W Houston
Most beautiful girl - Prince
Lily was here - Dave Stewart
Just the way you are - Billy Joel
Against all odds - Phil Collins
Waiting for a star- Boy meets Girl
Sailing - Christopher Cross
Aint no mountain higher - M Mcdonald
Isn't she lovely - Stevie Wonder
Cant help falling in love - Elvis Presley
Stand by me - Sam Cooke
I wanna dance with somebody- Whitney H
Valerie - Any Winehouse
ibiza / Pop / Ballads
Pill in ibiza - M Posner
Dance monkey -Tones and I
Just got the feeling - J Timberlake
Rather be - Clean Bandit
This Girl - Kungs
Jubel - Klingande
Uptown Funk - Bruno Mars
Ordinary people- John Legend
Thinking out aloud - Ed Sheeran
Perfect - Ed Sheeran
Shape of you - Ed Sheeran
Shallow - Lady Ga Ga
A star is born - Lady Ga Ga ( Shallow)
Unthinkable - Alicia Keys
Sweet lovin' - Sigala
Easy love - Sigala
Cant feel my face - Saxtribution
Latch - Sam Smith
Let me love you - DJ Snake
Havana - C Cabello
Most beautiful girl - Prince
Time after time - C Lauper
Thousand years - Christina Perri
Beautiful - C Aguilera
Angels - Robbie Williams
Baker Street - Ibiza version
Mr Saxobeat - Alexandra S
Descapacito - Luis Fonsi
Watermelon sugar - Harry Styles
Easy love - Singala
Show me love Robin S
Freed from desire - Gala
One Kiss - Calvin Harris
Levels - Avicii
Waves - Robin S
Baby - Bakermat
Don’t be so - Jess Glynne
The rhythm of the night- Corona
Murder on the dance floor- Sophie E
We found love - Rihanna / C Harris
Please note I can perform freestyle with any DJ or play songs of your choice upon request .
Please call for further enquiries : 07895021715

James Banahan's 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)£125
Up to 1 hour£275
Up to 2 hours£437.50
Up to 3 hours£500
Wedding ceremony
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
Drinks reception
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception
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. - 2 x 45 min performances as dinner is being served.
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

If you check my reviews, most clients comment on my professional attitude in terms engaging with guests and giving a 100 percent performance . I always play a few extra songs at the end of the duration stated as this gesture is a token of my appreciation for booking my services and I'm always flexible with timings on your event date.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

I have performed at prestigious charity award events around the UK and worked for Revs de Cuba at events through out the UK. I specialise in Wedding ceremonies and have performed at most major venues in England .

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

I studied Jazz music at University and I listen and try to emulate the style of David Sandborn .

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

I've performed for X Factor celebrities at private events such as Chloe Khan ( check my reviews) and football team party events over the years including Liverpool FC.

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

“We always try our 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 us know.”

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

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

How much time do you need to set up?

“We usually set up about 1 to 1.5 hours before the performance time. As soon as our PA is set up we can provide a free playlist service to help set the atmosphere and get your guests ready for our live performance!”

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

“Our set lists are crafted from countless performances and learning what works best to ensure guests dance and have an amazing time. However, we're definitely happy to chat through and make sure we find what works for your event.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

“Yes, absolutely! I bring my own instrument to play acoustically.”

Can you learn song requests before the event?

“If a song isn't included in our song list there may still be a chance we already know it. If there is a special song you'd like us to learn we are happy to do this for you. There is a fee of £30 for this service to take into account rehearsal times etc. ”
Pop, Christmas, Classical, Film / TV music, Ibiza club, 1950s era music, 1980s era music, Jazz, Jazz fusion, Blues, Modern jazz, Gospel, Swing, Acoustic, Funk, Disco, Motown, R&B, Soul, Top 40, Traditional church music, Musical theatre, Contemporary classical, Electronic, Ambient, Breakbeat, Deep house, Electro-Swing, IDM, House, EDM, Dubstep, Garage, Electronica, Drum 'n' Bass, Industrial, Jungle, Techno, Triphop, Folk, Rockabilly, Country, Gypsy jazz, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Latin jazz, Easy listening, Light music
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Event types:
Wedding, Virtual event, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Charity event, Corporate event, Private event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Hotel / Restaurant event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party
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Other skills:
Producer, Songwriter, Lyricist, Transcription, Arranger, Fluent improviser
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