James Curgenven - Saxophone

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Hit saxophonist across the north! James will play all the biggest hits from across the decades! Perfect for background music or for a show!
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Solo saxophone is in fashion - so why not get the saxophonist who cares the most! James puts the utmost thought and care into creating, practicing and performing the music that you choose for your event. James has a masters degree in music and entered the gigging scene before he finished his studies. He has now performed across the country and abroad appearing at renowned festivals such as Cork Jazz Festival and venues such as Pizza Express Jazz Club, London. Working with bands such as New York Brass Band, Special Bru and Purple Cosmos James has a wealth of experience across a long list of different styles. From ska, to jazz, to pop, to rock, to hip-hop, James can cover it all! James brings energy, flair and passion to every gig that he does making sure that he can help create the vibe and atmosphere that you are after.

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Anne S
11 months ago, for a Birthday party in Deanhouse Ln
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5 out of 5

I had heard James play with his trio, Equilibrium, at the Huddersfield Winter Festival in December 2022, and being impressed with their style and genre of music it was an easy decision to invite them to play at my ‘Big’ (60th!) birthday celebrations last summer. James is very approachable and was happy to discuss the selection of music prior to the event. A varied programme was presented very professionally, and the audience was highly impressed by the standard and quality of playing. Not only is James an excellent saxophonist and clarinettist, he is also a talented arranger, and incorporated his own arrangements into the set. The boys arrived punctually to set up and sound check with ample time before the gig (there was another group on before Equilibrium). The feedback from all who attended was very positive, and I know that he is in demand locally. I would not hesitate to recommend James to anyone looking for this style of music for any function.

2 years ago

James created just the atmosphere for my party! He is a versatile performer and catered to all of the weird and wacky requests I had! Would definitely recommend booking him.

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James' Song list

|| Jazz Standards and American Songbook Tunes ||
L-O-V-E - Nat King Cole
My Way - Frank Sinatra
Fly Me to the Moon - Frank Sinatra
New York, New York - Frank Sinatra
That's Life - Frank Sinatra
|| Soul and Motown ||
I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor
Stand By Me - Ben E. King
September - Earth, Wind and Fire
Superstition - Stevie Wonder
My Girl - The Temptations
(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher - Jackie Wilson
All Night Long (All Night) Lionel Ritchie
You to Me Are Everything - The Real Thing
Young Hearts Run Free - Candi Staton
Mustang Sally - The Commitments
Red Light Spells Danger - Billy Ocean
For Once in My Life - Stevie Wonder
(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding
Isn't She Lovely - Stevie Wonder
|| Pop and Rock Hits ||
Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) - Eurhythmics
Valerie - Amy Winehouse
Mr Brightside - The Killers
Don't Stop Believing - Journey
Dancing Queen - ABBA
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
Never Gonna Give You Up - Rick Astley
Livin' on a Prayer - Bon Jovi
I Wanna Dance with Somebody - Whitney Houston
Don't Stop Me Now - Queen
Man I Feel Like a Woman - Shania Twain
Go Your Own Way - Fleetwood Mac
Teenage Dirtbag - Wheatus
Take on Me - A-ha
Don't Look Back in Anger - Oasis
Dancing in the Moonlight - Toploader
Somebody to Love - Queen
Green Green Grass - George Ezra
Forget You - Cee Lo Green
Y.M.C.A. - Village People
How Will I Know - Whitney Houston
Stacy's Mom - Fountains of Wayne
Shape of You - Ed Sheeran
|| 50s/60s Pop and Rock ||
Oh, Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison
Here Comes the Sun - The Beatles
Twist and Shout - The Beatles
Will You Love Me Tomorrow - The Shirelles
Hey Jude - The Beatles
Can't Take My Eyes Off You - Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
|| Classic Love Songs ||
Love Story - Taylor Swift
A Thousand Years - Christina Perri
Can't Help Falling in Love - Elvis Presley
All of Me - John Legend
I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston
|| Films, TV and Musicals ||
Shallow - Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper
Dance the Night - Dua Lipa
A Million Dreams - The Greatest Showman
I'll Be There For You - The Rembrants
You've Got a Friend in Me - Randy Newman
|| Country ||
What's Up (What's Going on) - Lainey Wilson
Take Me Home, Country Roads - John Denver
Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry
9 to 5 - Dolly Parton
Take it Easy - Eagles
Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd
Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash
|| Reggae and Ska ||
Three Little Birds - Bob Marley
It Must Be Love - Madness
Red, Red Wine - UB40
One Step Beyond - Madness
Kingston Town - UB40
|| Other ||

James' Prices

Last updated: 2024

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£187.50
Up to 2 hours£300
Up to 3 hours£450


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Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Clients love my sound on sax. It can be bright for the party vibes or mellow to fit into the background. They also love the fact I can span lots and lots of genres of music.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

The Royal Albert Hall, all across Cork for Cork Jazz Festival, Pizza Express Jazz Club London and many many more!

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

I will always be as flexible as possible, as long as you keep me in the loop I will try and fit around you and make sure your event is the best it can possibly be!

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

Yes! I provide a DJ service free of charge between sets and for a small charge I can provide the service before or after I play.

How much time do you need to set up?

I usually need between 45 minutes and an hour. I can provide the playlist service as soon as the PA is set up.

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

Yes! You can pick any songs you like from the song list on the site. You can also pay a small fee for me to learn and perform three songs that aren’t on the list. I will always offer a phone call so that we can get the set list just right.

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Can you learn song requests before the event?

Yes absolutely. There is a small fee for specific requests, this is to cover practise time to learn the song.
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