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One of the most booked Encore Musicians! Professional, friendly and reliable saxophonist available for weddings, functions and events.
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James offers an extensive repertoire with genres ranging from pop & ibiza to classic jazz standards. By booking James, you can expect an upbeat pop performance with some chart-topping singles or laid back jazz perfect for dinners and drink receptions. Graduating with First Class Honours in Music, James Burwell is an alto and tenor jazz saxophonist. Originally classically trained, James later branched into jazz and developed his own jazz style.

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Pop, Jazz, Blues, Modern jazz, Latin jazz, Swing, Light music, Soul, Covers, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Top 40, Ibiza club, Electronic, Christmas, Ambient, 1980s era music, Easy listening, Motown, Bossa nova, Latin
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Event types:
Wedding, Private event, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Fluent sight-reader, Sound technician, Transcription, Audio engineer, Drum technician
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Song list

This is a selection of possible song choices; others can be added at your request (with at least two weeks notice). Feel free to choose your favourites and I can arrange a set list to suit your needs.
----Wedding Songs:----
A Thousand Years - Christina Perri
Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Marvin Gaye
All Of Me - John Legend
Can't Help Falling In Love With You - Elvis Presley
Crazy Love - Van Morrison
Dream A Little Dream - Ella Fitzgerald
How Long Will I Love You - Ellie Goulding
I'm Yours - Jason Mraz
Isn't She Lovely - Stevie Wonder
Kissing You - Des'ree
Let's Stay Together - Al Green
Love Me Like You Do - Ellie Goulding
Love Never Felt So Good - Michael Jackson
Make You Feel My Love - Adele
My Girl - The Temptations
Perfect - Ed Sheeran
Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours) - Stevie Wonder
Stay With Me - Sam Smith
Sugar - Maroon 5
Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
You Are The Sunshine Of My Life - Stevie Wonder
Your Song - Elton John
----Modern Pop:----
Adore You - Harry Styles
As It Was - Harry Styles
Attention - Charlie Puth
Baby, I Love Your Way - Big Mountain
Bad Habits - Ed Sheeran
Be The One - Dua Lipa
Bellyache - Billie Eilish
Billie Bossa Nova - Billie Eilish
Blinding Lights - The Weeknd
Boyfriend - Ariana Grande
Break My Heart - Dua Lipa
Budapest - George Ezra
Cold Heart - Elton John, Dua Lipa
Crazy - Gnarls Barkley
Dance Monkey - Tones & I
Desire - Years & Years
Despacito - Luis Fonsi
Don’t Know Why - Norah Jones
Easy On Me - Adele
Electricity - Dua Lipa
Everything I Wanted - Billie Eilish
Falling - Harry Styles
Finesse - Bruno Mars
Ghost - Justin Bieber
Giant - Rag N Bone Man
Girls Like You - Maroon 5
Hallucinate - Dua Lipa
Happy - Pharrell Williams
Havana - Camila Cabello
High Hopes - Panic! At The Disco
How Long Will I Love You - Ellie Goulding
Just Got Paid - Sigala
Just You and I - Tom Walker
Kiss Me More - Doja Cat
Lay It All On Me - Ed Sheeran
Levitating - Dua Lipa
Liar - Camila Cabello
Love Again - Dua Lipa
Love Me Like You Do - Ellie Goulding
Love on Top - Beyoncé
Lush Life - Zara Larsson
Memories - Maroon 5
New Rules - Dua Lipa
Ocean Eyes - Billie Eilish
Oh My God - Adele
One Touch - Jess Glynne
Passionfruit - Drake
Peaches - Justin Bieber
Perfect - Ed Sheeran
Positions - Ariana Grande
Pretty Please - Dua Lipa
Put Your Records On - Corinne Bailey Rae
Rather Be - Clean Bandit
Remember - Becky Hill
Shallow - Lady Gaga
Shape of You - Ed Sheeran
Shivers - Ed Sheeran
Shotgun - George Ezra
Sorry - Justin Bieber
Stay - The Kid Laroi & Justin Bieber
Stay With Me - Sam Smith
Sugar - Maroon 5
Thank u, next - Ariana Grande
That's What I Like - Bruno Mars
There's Nothing Holding Me Back - Shawn Mendes
These Days - Rudimental
Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
Titanium - David Guetta
Treasure - Bruno Mars
Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars
Versace On The Floor - Bruno Mars
Watermelon Sugar - Harry Styles
We Don't Talk Anymore - Charlie Puth
We're Good - Dua Lipa
What Do You Mean - Justin Bieber
Wonderwall - Oasis
----Ibiza/House Style:----
Ibiza/House Style:
Ain’t Nobody - Felix Jaehn
Body - Loud Luxury, Brando
Came Here For Love - Sigala
Changes - Faul, Wad Ad, Pnau
Cold Heart - Elton John, Dua Lipa, PNAU
Destination Calabria - Alex Gaudino
Easy Love - Sigala
Electricity - Silk City, Diplo, Dua Lipa
Finally - CeCe Peniston (Mr. Belt & Wezol Remix)
Freed From Desire - Gala
Give Me Your Love - Sigala
Head & Heart - Joel Corry x MNEK
HEAT - Paul Woolford, Amber Mark
Higher Love - Kygo
How Deep Is Your Love - Calvin Harris
How Will I Know - Whitney Houston, Clean Bandit Remix
Intoxicated - Martin Solveig
Jubel - Klingande
Juliet & Romeo - Martin Solveig, Roy Woods
Lean On - Major Lazer
Let Me Love You - Justin Bieber
Levels - Avicii
Looking For Me - Paul Woolford, Diplo, Kareen Lomax
Lose Control - Meduza, Becky Hill
Lullaby - Sigala
Mr Saxobeat – Alexandra Stan
My Heart Goes (La Di Da) - Becky Hill, Topic
New Rules - Dua Lipa
No Man No Cry (Jimmy Sax) - Oliver Koletzki
Oh Baby - Seizo
One Day - Bakermat
One Kiss - Calvin Harris/Dua Lipa
Piece Of Your Heart - MEDUZA
Places - Martin Solveig, Ina Wroldsen
Promises - Sam Smith/Calvin Harris
Remember - Becky Hill
Rhythm Is A Dancer (feat. Kaleena Zanders) - Breathe Carolina
Rhythm of the Night (Deep House Remix)
Say Something - Karen Harding, Zac Samuel
Show Me Love - Robin S/Steve Angello
Sonnentanz Sun Don't Shine - Klangkarussell, Will Heard
Sweet Lovin' - Sigala
The Business - Tiesto
This Girl - Kungs
----Jazz Classics/American Songbook:----
All Of Me
All The Things You Are
At Last
Autumn Leaves
Beyond the Sea
Blue Moon
Cheek to Cheek
Come Fly With Me
Cry Me A River
Dream A Little Dream Of Me
Fields of Gold
Fly Me To The Moon
Have You Met Miss Jones
I Get A Kick Out Of You
I Just Called To Say I Love You
I've Got You Under My Skin
Isn't She Lovely
Just Friends
Lullaby Of Birdland
Mack the Knife
Mister Magic
New York, New York
Night In Tunisia
On the Sunnyside of the Street
One Note Samba
Orange Coloured Sky
Over the Rainbow
Quiet Night Of Quiet Stars (Corcovado)
Someday My Prince Will Come
Stompin' At The Savoy
Strangers in the Night
Take The 'A' Train
That's Life
The Girl From Ipanema
The Lady Is A Tramp
The Way You Look Tonight
There Will Never Be Another You
Yardbird Suite
You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
You Make Me Feel So Young
----60s/70s/80s/Motown & Soul Classics:----
At Last - Etta James
Baker Street - Gerry Rafferty
Can You Feel The Love Tonight - Elton John
Can’t Help Falling in Love - Elvis Presley
Careless Whisper - George Michael
Cry Me A River - Ella Fitzgerald
Do You Love Me - The Contours
Get Ready - The Temptations
Higher & Higher - Jackie Wilson
I Get The Sweetest Feeling - Jackie Wilson
I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Marvin Gaye
I Say A Little Prayer - Aretha Franklin
I Want You Back - Jackson 5
In The Midnight Hour - Wilson Pickett
Killing Me Softly With His Song - Fugees
L-O-V-E - Nat King Cole
Let's Stay Together - Al Green
Love Really Hurts Without You - Billy Ocean
My Girl - The Temptations
My Guy - Mary Wells
Respect - Aretha Franklin
Rocket Man - Elton John
Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay - Otis Redding
Soul Man - Sam & Dave
Stand By Me - Ben E. King
Take Me To The River - Al Green
Tequila - The Champs
Tiny Dancer - Elton John
Your Song - Elton John
----Christmas Party:----
All I Want For Christmas - Mariah Carey
Frosty the Snowman
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Let It Snow
Santa Baby
Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)
White Christmas
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

According to my clients, my performance is professional, well prepared and engaging. The repertoire is adaptable, diverse and appropriate for the occasion.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

I have performed in a variety of different venues, ranging from small intimate gatherings to larger upscale events. Some of these venues include the London Pizza Express Live Jazz Club, Bush Hall, The Ned and Bath Assembly Rooms.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

As a multi-instrumentalist, my performance style has been greatly influenced by a wide variety of artists. These include Dexter Gordon, Calvin Harris and Stevie Wonder.

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

The most high profile gig I've performed at is Bush Hall, London, with the Sarah Munro Band as part of her UK Tour.

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

I try to be as flexible as possible, but please give me as much notice as you can regarding time changes.

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

Yes I can provide background music via my PA. If you would like a tailored playlist just let me know and I can organise it for you.

How much time do you need to set up?

I always aim to arrive between 30 mins to 1 hour before my performance to set up. As soon as my PA is set up I can provide a free playlist service to help set the atmosphere.

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

I do take requests and can tailor the set list to your requirements as long as I am given at least two weeks notice.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes I provide all equipment needed.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Yes as long as I am given at least two weeks 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)£275
Up to 1 hour£275
Up to 2 hours£375
Up to 3 hours£475
Wedding Ceremony
This includes music before the service begins, down the aisle, 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 Dinner
- 2 x 45 min performances as dinner is being served.
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From Encore customers:

Ellie L
2 days ago
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5 out of 5

James performed at our wedding on 4.11.22 at Gate Street Barn in Surrey and was absolutely fantastic - faultless. James has been so lovely throughout the booking and even learnt a new song that I walked down the aisle to which made it even more special. If I was getting married again tomorrow I would be calling up James in a heartbeat. Thank you James !!!! You are so talented

Asmita R
21 days ago
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5 out of 5

James was amazing. There were a few songs that we wanted him to play (that weren’t on his song list) and he was more than happy to learn them! All the guests were so impressed and we are so happy we went with him! Thanks so much James for making it a night to remember!!

Lisa O
1 month ago
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5 out of 5

James was amazing! Beautiful songs being played on a beautiful day. Would highly recommend using him for wedding reception. Really was a fantastic addition to the day!! Xx

Keeley C
1 month ago
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5 out of 5

Omg where do i start James was incredible everyone including us loved him would highly recommend he played so good and didnt want him to stop playing the saxophone

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From other customers:

Tyler S
4 years ago, for a Corporate event in Bath BA2
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5 out of 5

James is a consummate professional: on time, reliable and always prepared. His tone is beautiful, his timing perfect and his improvisation inspiring. His work added immeasurably to the recorded TV performance of my original music.

Robert G
4 years ago, for a Recording session in BA29BN
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5 out of 5

A dedicated musician, with a reliably professional and flexible approach to playing and recording. James has proved to be a capable player, and his experience in the studio has aided him to preside over sessions for me admirably.

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