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About Jan Holena

Extremely versatile musician. Jan has been performing on saxophone, clarinet and piano for 20 years.
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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 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 been enjoying playing this beautiful instrument since. The experience gained in various bands of all genres makes him an extremely versatile musician, who can always adapt to any requirements.

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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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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
Michael Bublé: Sway
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
James Brown: I Feel Good
Spice Girls: If You Wanna Have Some Fun
Spice Girls: Say You'll Be There
Jackie Wilson: Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher
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
Johne Legend: All Of Me
Kansas: Dust In The Wind
Eric Clapton: Tears In Heaven
All Blues
All Of Me
Autumn Leaves
Blue Kiss
Body And Soul
Dancing On The Shore
Georgia On My Mind
Girl From Ipanema, The
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
You've Got A Friend In Me
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...

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.


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)£250
Up to 1 hour£250
Up to 2 hours£250
Up to 3 hours£375
Wedding ceremony
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
Drinks reception
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception
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


Special request (if more than 3 songs)
Special backing track
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From Encore customers:

4 days ago
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5 out of 5

He listened over excelled would book him again!

Reply from Jan Holena
4 days ago

Thank you Chrissie! 😊

Carl G
15 days ago
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5 out of 5

Jan was tremendous and give us all a good night . Let's just say it was a long time since we all got together and Jan helped us all party hard. Thank you

Reply from Jan Holena
15 days ago

Thank you Carl!

Chelsie R
17 days ago
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5 out of 5

My experience with Jan was amazing, his performance was outstanding it made my 21st birthday so special. Highly recommend!

Reply from Jan Holena
17 days ago

Thank you Chelsie! :)

Mark G
23 days ago
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5 out of 5

Jan played at the ground breaking event to mark the start of construction of the JDR Cables factory in Cambois, near Byth, Northumberland. Jan is a very professional and affable man who was punctual, smartly turned out and played excellently! I would strongly recommend his services and we'll be using again at any future corporate events. Thank you Jan!

Reply from Jan Holena
23 days ago

Thank you for your kind words Mark, hope to work with you again at some point!

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From other customers:

Lynne M
11 days ago, for a Wedding in Whalley Rd
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5 out of 5

Jan is an absolutely wonderful musician who played the saxophone at our wedding at the weekend. It’s fair to say he set the mood perfectly and his talent is exceptional, so much so during the wedding breakfast our guests loved the music so much they burst in to dance leaving the hotel staff a dilemma as they were about to serve dessert. Jan arrived punctual to set up in time and has an extensive playlist covering all genres of music appealing to all our guests. Our wedding would not have been the same without him, I think the hotel would agree as they also stated they had never experienced a wedding quite like ours. Wonderful and highly recommend. We will be booking him for future events again. Well done Jan and a big thank you 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Charlotte H
1 month ago, for a Wedding in Newstead Village NG15 8NA
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5 out of 5

INCREDIBLE! Jan was simply amazing. His music repertoire is extensive, and he was a huge highlight of our day. I can’t thank him enough!

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