James Banahan

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About James Banahan

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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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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Song list

Song list : Smooth Jazz and Jazz standards
This Masquerade - G Benson
Just the two of us - B Withers
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
September - Earth Wind Fire
Rock with you - M Jackson
Aint nobody- Chaka Khan
Im every woman - Chaka Khan
Baker Street - G Rafferty
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
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
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
Customer questions

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

I'm happy to be flexible with notice and within a wedding environment , especially regarding speeches.

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

Yes, I can provide a DJ playlist service in between sets or beforehand .

How much time do you need to set up?

Depending on the set up . A full DJ Sax service with disco lights and full PA can take 2 hours to a small PA , 1 hour set up.

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

I'm happy to either prepare songs of your choice with notice or to play alonsgide a DJ of your choice.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes , I always bring a full PA system .

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Yes , I can perform any song of your choice with due notice.


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)£100
Up to 1 hour£250
Up to 2 hours£375
Up to 3 hours£485
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Saxophone lessons
​ If your interested in playing an instrument , the Saxophone is a great choice . I teach regularly via Skype or Zoom and from the comfort of your own home and from any location worldwide , you can have instant access to hundreds of free resources . I can support you with step by step tuition as you learn to play classic songs . I teach all ages and cater for students wether learning for leisure or exam pathways . I also teach Clarinet , Flute and music theory . I can also provide an instrumental rental service if required too.
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From customers:

Megan R
1 year ago, for a Birthday party in Nottingham
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5 out of 5

BMegan Reid My husband hired James a saxophonist player as a surprise for our anniversary and let me tell you we was not disappointed. He was very efficient, learnt and played very well all the songs my husband asked and was very professional, honestly can not recommend him enough. Thankyou

Chloe K
2 years ago, for a Bar / Club / Venue event in Huddersfield
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5 out of 5

Chloe Khan ( TV celebrity and model ) Literally amazing! Thanks so much . Definitely booking next time . Sam Hewitt James played sax at our wedding reception and he was brilliant. We wanted to add something extra special to our day and his music did just that. He was a huge hit with our guests and the whole vibe was amazing. James himself was very professional from arriving to setting up and packing away he remained courteous and friendly. Absolutely highly recommended and I will either book again or recommend him to any family and friends in need of some fabulous live music Thanks again James BMegan Reid My husband hired James a saxophonist player as a surprise for our anniversary and let me tell you we was not disappointed. He was very efficient, learnt and played very well all the songs my husband asked and was very professional, honestly can not recommend him enough. Thankyou so much James xx Alysha I hired James to come and play at a private Hen Party festival and he was absolutely AMAZING. He just hopped straight on to any songs we liked and made our night fantastic. Would definitely hire again. THANK YOU!!!!