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James has 20+ years experience in performance and has a wide repertoire of Jazz and Classical music. Friendly, professional and reliable.
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James attended the Royal Academy of Music in London before going on to play in various jazz and popular music ensembles. He’s has toured with various bands playing in Russia, Czech Republic, Germany, France, Belgium, Northern Ireland and more. James currently directs the Red Fez Orchestra as well as leading his own quartet and playing saxophone and clarinet in various function bands.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
I have my own portable piano/keyboard
I can perform with backing tracks
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Encore awards
4th Encoreversary
Jazz, Blues, Ragtime, Swing, Dixieland, Latin jazz
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Event types:
Private event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching
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Song list

St Thomas
Mercy mercy mercy
Golden Lady
Somewhere Over The Rainbow
Take the A Train
Pennies From Heaven
On The Sunny Side Of The Street
Ain't No Sunshine
Georgia On My Mind
Days Of Wine and Roses
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Lullaby Of Birdland
Take Five
Just The Way You Are
All Of Me
Our Love Is Here to Stay
Like Someone In Love
The Girl From Ipanema
Groovin High
Mood Indigo
Have You Met Miss Jones
Night Train
In a Mellow Tone
Honeysuckle Rose
Oye Coma Va
Tenor Madness
This Masquerade
Basin Street Blues
Customer questions

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

I am flexible with changes in timings as long as you let me know in plenty of time before the performance.

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

Yes, music can be played in between my sets through the P.A. system.

How much time do you need to set up?

I usually allow 1 hour to set up before a performance,

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

Yes. I am happy for you to pick from my available songs and given time I can add others.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes. I bring all required equipment.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Other songs can be added if suitable. Depending on the particular song, a fee of £30 might be applicable.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

The variety of jazz, blues and popular music I play. Clients have also commented positively about my reliability, punctuality and smart dress code.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Burgh Island, Lulworth Castle, Buckingham Palace, Southampton Guildhall, RAC Club (Pall Mall) and many more!

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Ben Webster, Stan Getz, Phil Woods, Grover Washington Jr, David Sanborn, Gerald Albright.

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

Buckingham Palace for the Queens Coronation Celebrations.


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£180
Up to 2 hours£200
Up to 3 hours£250


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Zoe D, 1 year ago

Red Fez returned to Shelley Theatre this year with two outstanding and very different performances. We started early in the year in the theatre, with a more traditional concert which was much loved, we then did a summer dance event where people came dressed for the occasion and danced the night away to fantastic music. We love having the guys come and play at the theatre, and look forward to working with James and his band next year.

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Emma S, 2 years ago

James was fantastic at my birthday party! He played a mixture of jazz from different decades which kept all my guests happy. Thanks!

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