James Reevell

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About James Reevell

James is a saxophonist specialising in weddings and civil ceremonies with nearly 20 years professional experience.
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James is a professional saxophonist who specialises in weddings and civil ceremonies. He has nearly 20 years professional experience. He provides music for up to 3 hours during your special day, normally for ceremonies, drinks receptions and wedding breakfasts, but this is as formal or as informal as you want; he is happy to make your plans work and work around your ideas for your day. He is committed to personalising your music for your day and has a broad repertoire, encompassing jazz standards, piano pop covers and well known tunes to help create the perfect atmosphere. As a performer, James specialises in choosing music to fit your special day and requirements, and prides himself on the level of communication before the event to ensure that your day runs perfectly. As a composer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist, he plays using backing tracks created and sourced especially for the occasion. James plays a broad selection of favourites, from jazz standards to pop and is happy to learn songs on request. He is absolutely committed to discussing what you want for your day with you – and doing what is needed to make sure he plays the perfect music for your perfect day. He is based in Manchester in the North of England but has played for weddings across the country and travels regularly to do so. If you are wondering about background music for your wedding or civil ceremony – please get in touch. James is always happy to have an informal discussion and a chat about how we can move forward.

James Reevell's Reviews

From customers:

Midnight Y
7 years ago

I have heard many appreciative comments about your playing carols on your saxophone before Midnight Mass that I wanted to formally say a big thank you for all the time, effort and feeling that you put into this. The warm tone of the saxophone and the sensitive way you played with the backing tracks added to a very worshipful feel in Church before the service that carried on into it.

6 years ago

I just wanted to say a massive thank you for playing at our wedding. It was fantastic and we’ve lost count of the amount of guests who said how brilliant you were.

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James Reevell's Song list

‘Round Midnight
A Nightingale Sang In Berkley Square
A Thousand Years
Ain’t Misbehavin’
Ain’t No Sunshine
Angel Eyes
Autumn Leaves
Big Yellow Taxi
Can You Feel The Love Tonight?
Can’t Take My Eyes Off You
Cantaloupe Island
Come Fly With Me
Don’t Know Why
Don’t Speak
Easy (Like Sunday Morning)
Embraceable You
Fast Car
Fields of Gold
Fly Me To The Moon
Georgia on my Mind
Girl on Fire
Greatest Day
Have You Met Miss Jones?
Here Comes The Sun
Here, There and Everywhere
Hold Back The River
Holding Back The Years
I’m Beginning To See The Light
I’m Yours
Just The Two Of Us
Let’s Stay Together
Lovely Day
Loving You
Mercy Mercy Mercy
My Funny Valentine
Nobody Does It Better
Over The Rainbow
Pure Imagination
Put Your Records On
Right To Be Wrong
Rolling In The Deep
Someone To Watch Over Me
Somethin’ Stupid
The Scientist
The Way You Look Tonight
They Can’t Take That Away From Me
We Found Love
What A Difference a Day Made
When I Fall In Love
Your Song

James Reevell's Prices

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£300
Up to 2 hours£400
Up to 3 hours£500
Customer questions

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

I always allow flexibility when you book the date. If I'm playing for your gig I won't be heading on elsewhere afterwards.

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


How much time do you need to set up?

About 15 minutes.

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

I'm happy to take a few requests from the set list - I'll even learn a couple. But it normally works best for me to choose songs that work for your audience and adapt on the day so I'd advise against choosing whole sets of songs.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes - a plug socket is all that's required!

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Yes - one or two within reason if I can (we can talk about this). There might be a small charge if I need to create a new bespoke backing track (in the region of £50).
Acoustic, Pop, Christmas, Ambient, EDM, Jazz
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Event types:
Corporate event, Wedding, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Recording session
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Other skills:
Arranger, Orchestrator, Producer, Audio engineer, Composer, Sound technician, Fluent improviser, Theory teaching, Examiner, Instrumental teaching, Composition teaching
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