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Professional, friendly and reliable saxophonist available for weddings, corporate events and private functions across the UK.
St Albans
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Comfortable playing solo, with backing tracks or with a jazz band, James has a deep understanding and interest in a variety of genres. This has allowed him to build up an extensive range of repertoire varying from pop and funk/soul to classic jazz standards. Graduating with a First Class Honours Degree 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. He has performed with various jazz artists and ensembles such as The Sarah Munro Band, Sam Brasher Trio, Charged Particles feat. Paul McCandless, Nigel Price Trio and Xantoné Blacq's Band.

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
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Jazz, Blues, Modern jazz, Latin jazz, Swing, Light music, Soul, Covers, Pop, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Top 40, Ibiza club, Electronic
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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
I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston
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:----
Ain’t Nobody - Felix Jaehn
Attention - Charlie Puth
Baby, I Love Your Way - Big Mountain
Bad Habits - Ed Sheeran
Be The One - Dua Lipa
Boyfriend - Ariana Grande
Break My Heart - Dua Lipa
Budapest - George Ezra
Crazy - Gnarls Barkley
Dance Monkey - Tones & I
Desire - Years & Years
Despacito - Luis Fonsi
Don’t Know Why - Norah Jones
Electricity - Dua Lipa
Finesse - Bruno Mars
Giant - Rag N Bone Man
Girls Like You - Maroon 5
Hallucinate - Dua Lipa
Happy - Pharrell Williams
Havana - Camila Cabello
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
Liar - Camila Cabello
Love Me Like You Do - Ellie Goulding
Love on Top - Beyoncé
Lush Life - Zara Larsson
Memories - Maroon 5
New Rules - Dua Lipa
One Kiss - Calvin Harris/Dua Lipa
One Touch - Jess Glynne
Passionfruit - Drake
Peaches - Justin Bieber
Perfect - Ed Sheeran
Promises - Sam Smith/Calvin Harris
Put Your Records On - Corinne Bailey Rae
Rather Be - Clean Bandit
Shallow - Lady Gaga
Shape of You - Ed Sheeran
Shotgun - George Ezra
Sorry - 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
We Don't Talk Anymore - Charlie Puth
What Do You Mean - Justin Bieber
Yummy - Justin Bieber
----Ibiza/House Style:----
Came Here For Love - Sigala
Changes - Faul, Wad Ad, Pnau
Easy Love - Sigala
Higher Love - Kygo
How Deep Is Your Love - Calvin Harris
Jubel - Klingande
Lean On - Major Lazer
Let Me Love You - Justin Bieber
Lullaby - Sigala
New Rules - Dua Lipa
No Man No Cry (Jimmy Sax) - Oliver Koletzki
One Day - Bakermat
Promises - Sam Smith/Calvin Harris
Rhythm of the Night (Deep House Remix)
Sweet Lovin - Sigala (House Remix)
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
Fly Me To The Moon
Have You Met Miss Jones
I've Got You Under My Skin
Isn't She Lovely
Just Friends
Lullaby Of Birdland
Mack the Knife
Mister Magic
On the Sunnyside of the Street
One Note Samba
Orange Coloured Sky
Over the Rainbow
Quiet Night Of Quiet Stars (Corcovado)
Stompin' At The Savoy
Strangers in the Night
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
----Motown & Soul Classics:----
At Last - Etta James
Can’t Help Falling in Love - Elvis Presley
Cry Me A River - Ella Fitzgerald
Get Ready - The Temptations
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
Let's Stay Together - Al Green
L-O-V-E - Nat King Cole
My Girl - The Temptations
My Guy - Mary Wells
Respect – Aretha Franklin
Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay - Otis Redding
Stand By Me - Ben E. King
Take Me To The River - Al Green
----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 in 2018.

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 arrive at least 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 required for both acoustic and amplified shows.

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)£200
Up to 1 hour£200
Up to 2 hours£300
Up to 3 hours£400


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Julie T, 26 days ago

Absolutely amazing. We booked James as a surprise to our daughter and son in law to play as guests had their welcome drinks at their wedding reception. He was a huge hit with everyone, such a beautiful start to the wedding celebrations. He is an excellent saxophonist and will definitely book him again. Thank you James, just what we wanted.

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Nina B, 1 month ago

James was absolutely brilliant!! He really made our tropical party. He was on time, communication was great and he was just amazing. So many people commented. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend him to everyone.

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Paul M, 1 month ago

James was brilliant. He played a fantastic array of songs to fill the gap between our ceremony and the wedding breakfast. Everyone was complimentary about James's performance. Thank you

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Rhea P, 1 month ago

Having James play at our wedding was amazing. He arrived ahead of schedule, was all set up and his music was fantastic. We still hear about how amazing he was even after our wedding, which is lovely. He was professional, polite and dressed the part for wedding. Would use his services again.

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Tyler S, 3 years ago

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.

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Robert G, 3 years ago

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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