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About Jan Holena

Extremely versatile musician. Professional saxophone, clarinet and piano player with 21 years of experience.
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Originally from the Czech Republic, Jan relocated to the UK in 2019 to further pursue his music career. He has been performing since the age of 10 and toured most of Europe and also Texas, USA. Although he received a specialist degree in classical clarinet performance, Jan fell in love with the sound of the tenor saxophone and has enjoyed playing this beautiful instrument since. The experience gained in various bands and orchestras of all genres makes him an extremely versatile musician who can always adapt to any requirements. In 2021, he made a decision to focus on his solo career and has played at hundreds of parties, weddings, corporate events etc since. 2024 is the year of launching his own band, Holena Swing Company.

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Ibiza club, Jazz, Classical, Christmas, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Folk, Ceilidh, Folk rock, Blues, Dixieland, Gypsy jazz, Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Swing, Pop, Acoustic, Covers, Funk, Funk rock, Motown, R&B, Soul, Vintage, Rock, Pop rock, Rock 'n' Roll, World music, House, Electronic, Britpop, Bossa nova, Reggae, Klezmer
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Hotel / Restaurant event, Concert, Recording session, Birthday party, Christmas party, Theatre / Show
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Other skills:
Arranger, Composer, Accompanist, Fluent improviser, Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Transcription, Sound technician
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Jan Holena's Song list

Kungs vs Cookin' On 3 Burners: This Girl
Tones and I: Dance Monkey
Bruno Mars: 24K Magic
Bruno Mars: Marry You
Bruno Mars: Locked Out Of Heaven
Ed Sheeran: Shape Of You
Lionel Richie: All Night Long
Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance With Somebody
UB40: Red Red Wine
Bobby McFerrin: Don't Worry Be Happy
ABBA: Mamma Mia
Luther Vandross: Never Too Much
Sigala: Sweet Lovin
Gala: Freed From Desire
Klingande: Jubel
Weiss, Purple Disco Machine: Feel My Needs
Indeep: Last Night And DJ Saved My Life
Klangkarussell, Will Heard: Sonnentanz: Sun Don't Shine
Daft Punk: Get Lucky
Red Carpet: Alright - Radio Edit
Erik Prydz: Pjanoo - Radio Edit
Calvin Harris: Summer
Calvin Harris, Rihanna: This Is What You Came For
George Michael: Amazing
George Michael: Faith
Jocelyn Brown: Somebody Else's Guy
Michael Bublé: Everything
Michael Bublé: Sway
Amy Winehouse: Valerie
ABBA: Dancing Queen
Jonasu: Black Magic
The Weeknd: Can’t Feel My Face
Shane Codd: Get Out My Head
Robin S: Show Me Love
Love Inc: You’re A Superstar
Mike Posner: I Took A Pill In Ibiza
Vanessa Amorosi: Absolutely Everybody
Tones And I: Fly Away
Jax Jones: Jacques
Shouse: Love Tonight
Bakermat: One Day
Duke Dumont: Won’t Look Back
Galantis: Heartbreak Anthem
Pharrell Williams: Happy
Bruno Mars: Uptown Funk
Earth, Wind and Fire: September
Alex Gaudino: Destination Calabria
Wild Cherry: Play That Funky Music
Stevie Wonder: Sir Duke
Stevie Wonder: Superstition
Stevie Wonder: I Wish
Stevie Wonder: Happy Birthday
Boney M: Sunny
Joel Corry: Lonely
Dua Lipa: Don't Start Now
Alice DJ: Better Off Alone
Jubel: Dancing In The Moonlight
Livin' Joy: Dreamer
Joel Corry: Head And Heart
Faithless: Insomnia
Martin Solveig: Intoxicated
Avicii: Levels
Sigala, Paloma Faith: Lullaby
Calvis Harris, Dua Lipa: One Kiss
Endor: Pump It Up
Corona: The Rhythm Of The Night
Dombresky: Soul Sacrifice
Chaka Khan: Ain't Nobody
James Brown: I Feel Good
Bill Withers: Lovely Day
Elvis Presley: Suspicious Minds
Neil Diamond: Sweet Caroline
The Beatles: Twist And Shout
Sia: Chandelier
Bob Marley: Jammin'
Sade: Smooth Operator
Sade: The Sweetest Taboo
Sade: Your Love Is King
StoneBridge: Put 'Em High
Loud Luxury: Body
Beyoncé: Crazy In Love
Journey: Don't Stop Believing
Tina Turner: Proud Mary
Shania Twain: Man! I Feel Like A Woman
Van Morrison: Brown Eyed Girl
Van Morrison: Moondance
Dire Straits: Your Latest Trick
Gerry Rafferty: Baker Street
Bee Gees: You Should Be Dancing
Robbie Williams: Supreme
Rihanna: We Found Love
Sigala, Ella Eyre: Came Here For Love
Watermat, Becky Hill, TAI: All My Love
Jennifer Lopez: Let's Get Loud
Adele: Rolling In The Deep
Toto: Africa
OMI: Cheerleader
Spice Girls: If You Wanna Have Some Fun
Spice Girls: Say You'll Be There
Jackie Wilson: Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher
Room 5: Make Luv
Armand Van Helden: aNYway
Shouse: Won't Forget You
Blackstreet: No Diggity
SAINT: Walking Home
Montell Jordan: This Is How We Do It
TLC: No Scrubs
Roy Orbison: Penny Arcade
Flo Rida: Good Feeling
Rudimental: Feel The Love
Shakira: Waka Waka
LF SYSTEM: Afraid To Feel
The Jacksons: Blame It On The Boogie
Kygo, Whitney Houston: Higher Love
Michael Jackson: Billie Jean
Bakermat: Baiana
Swedish House Mafia: Heaven Takes You Home
Swedish House Mafia: Moth To A Flame
Fred Again: Kyle (I Found You)
Stardust: Music Sounds Better With You
Axwell: Nobody Else
Martin Solveig: Places
Becky Hill, David Guetta: Remember
ODESZA: The Last Goodbye
Michael Calfan: Treasured Soul
Jonas Blue: Mama
Lost Frequencies: Where Are You Now
The Rembrandts: I’ll Be There For You
Crystal Waters: Gypsy Woman
Candi Staton: Young Hearts Run Free
Madness: One Step Beyond
Ray LaMontagne: You Are The Best Thing
Whitney Houston: Higher Love
UB40: Kingston Town
Tears For Fears: Mad World
Elton John, Dua Lipa: Cold Heart
Tina Turner: The Best
Ultra Nate: Free
Alesso, Tove Lo: Heroes We Could Be
Wankelmut, Emma Louise: My Head Is A Jungle
Route 94: My Love
MK, Becky Hill: Piece Of Me
Robin Schulz: Sun Goes Down
Roberta Flack: Feel Like Makin' Love
Stevie Wonder: For Your Love
Van Morrison: Have I Told You Lately
Simply Red: If You Don't Know Me By Now
Fugees: Killing Me Softly
Dennis Brown: Love Has Found Its Way
Dionne Warwick: That's What Friends Are For
Celine Dion: Because You Loved Me
Luther Vandross: So Amazing
UB40: Can't Help Falling In Love
The Eagles: Hotel California
Alicia Keys: If I Ain't Got You
Shawn Mendes: Senorita
Bee Gees: How Deep Is Your Love
Al Green: Let's Stay Together
Stevie Wonder: Love’s In Need
Stevie Wonder: My Cherie Amour
Phil Collins: Against All Odds
Bette Midler: Wind Beneath My Wings
Bill Withers: Just The Two Of Us
Connie Constance: English Rose
Louis Armstrong: What A Wonderful World
Robbie Williams: Angels
Lionel Richie: Stuck On You
Adele: Make You Feel My Love
Celine Dion: Beauty And The Beast
Sylvia Tella: In A Special Way
Ben E King: Stand By Me
John Legend: All Of Me
Kansas: Dust In The Wind
Eric Clapton: Tears In Heaven
Spandau Ballet: True
Simply Red: Holding Back The Years
Elton John: Can You Feel The Love Tonight
Christina Perri: A Thousand Years
Coldplay: Sky Full Of Stars
George Michael: Careless Whisper
All Blues
All Of Me
Autumn Leaves
Blue Kiss
Body And Soul
Dancing On The Shore
Georgia On My Mind
Girl From Ipanema, The
Fly Me To The Moon
It Don't Mean A Thing
La Vie En Rose
Lady Be Good
Limehouse Blues
Mack The Knife
Moon River
My Funny Valentine
Nearness Of You, The
Route 66
Stranger On The Shore
Take The A-Train
You've Got A Friend In Me
You've Changed
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Professionalism, versatility, high quality of music

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Rockliffe Hall Hotel, Bartle Hall, The Villa Wrea Green, Stirk House Hotel, Hengrave Hall Bury St Edmunds, Black Horse Beamish, Seaham Hall, Ribby Hall, Dundas Castle, Peckforton Castle, Sneaton Castle, Foxfields Country Hotel, Newton Hall, Holland Hall, Ea, Northcote Hotel, Macdonald Leeming House, The Coniston Hotel, Shireburn Arms, Hidden River Cabins etc

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Bob Reynolds, Kirk Whalum, Andy Snitzer, George Garzone, Jason Weber

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

Rock Meets Classic Tour 2016 - saxophone solo with members of Thin Lizzy

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

It shouldn't be a big problem in most cases.

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


How much time do you need to set up?

1 hour

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

We can discuss the set list beforehand and choose the best tunes for the event.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?


Can you learn song requests before the event?

I'm very happy to learn new songs as long as I'm given enough notice.

Jan Holena's 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)£375
Up to 1 hour£375
Up to 2 hours£450
Up to 3 hours£550
Drinks reception
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception
Wedding ceremony
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
Full Wedding Package
1 x 30 min set when guests arrive Wedding ceremony 2 x 45 min sets at drinks reception 2 x 45 min sets at wedding breakfast or evening party


Special request (if more than 3 songs)
Special backing track
Background piano
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Jan Holena's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Jacob F
13 days ago
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5 out of 5

Jan was absolutely amazing! He made the our day that little bit more special, and got everyone up and dancing. Highly recommend him

Reply from Jan Holena
13 days ago

Thank you Jacob, my pleasure! 🙂

Chris T
22 days ago
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5 out of 5

What a great performance from Jan, did everything i asked of him and the guests loved him, 100% would recommend!!

Reply from Jan Holena
22 days ago

Thank you Chris! :)

Jane M
1 month ago
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5 out of 5

Brilliant set from Jan for our friend's 40th birthday party. He was extremely helpful when deciding on song list list and always replies to message promptly. Jan was very punctual on the night and friendly to all guests. I would most definitely recommend Jan to anyone looking for a sax player.

Reply from Jan Holena
1 month ago

Thank you for your kind words Jane! I had a great time playing for you. :)

Stacey W
3 months ago
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5 out of 5

Sax was absolutely brilliant - Thank you!

Reply from Jan Holena
3 months ago

Thank you Stacey! :)

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From other customers:

Chloe E
19 days ago, for a Wedding in Thornton Hough
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5 out of 5

Saxophone player was absolutely unreal had everyone up on the dance floor everyone hasn’t stopped saying how good you was that night just thought I’d leave a review definitely recommend to hire for your wedding 💒

Stacey L
1 month ago, for a Private event in Accrington
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5 out of 5

5 star!!! I booked Jan as a surprise sax player for my best friends engagement party. I needed strict instructions to follow, to make it an amazing surprise. Jan went above & beyond, speaking with our dj to make his entrance amazing. From the first point of contact, to the playing on the night it was amazing. We requested up beat party songs & he followed through. I will be hiring him again in the future & I would recommend him to anyone! Amazing service & fab music :)

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