Josh Kemp

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Top Jazz Saxophonist for your event/party. 'Smokin' Robert Downey Jr. Any style. 'A Subtle and Original Sound' Time Out
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'Smokin' Robert Downey Jr. ‘A Fierce Talent’ Jazzwise Magazine 'A Subtle and Original Sound’ Time Out Top london-based saxophonist, Josh is happy performing in every style from Swing to Contemporary Pop. He maintains a busy performing schedule with around 200 gigs a year. With a relaxed melodic sound, Josh can bring lively swing, mellow jazz, or energetic grooves to your event. Josh has an impressive CV, with Venues performed at including The Dorchester and Savoy Hotels, St James Palace, Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club and jazz clubs all around the country. Josh won Scholarships to study at the Guildhall and Trinity College of Music, as as well as wining many awards for his playing including 'Young Jazz Band of the Year'. Since then he has played professionally in London, being house musician at London's Savoy and Dorchester Hotels, and playing at events, across the UK as well as touring with his Jazz quartet. He has released 5 albums of original music.

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Josh's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Sabina G
3 months ago
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5 out of 5

Josh played at my birthday party and was amazing! He matched the atmosphere we wanted perfectly. Everyone absolutely loved him! Cannot recommend highly enough!

Emanuela T
4 months ago
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5 out of 5

Very good player, lovely person, punctual and reliable. Definitely recommend.

From other customers:

Ruth A
6 months ago, for a Corporate event in SW11 4DS
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5 out of 5

Dear Josh, Many thanks for your great performance yesterday. All the team enjoyed the music and I wanted to thank you. Looking forward to seeing you again soon.

Peter L
8 months ago, for a Bar / Club / Venue event in Sawbridgeworth
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5 out of 5

I run a venue in Hertfordshire, Josh Kemp has played many times for us and is one of Londons finest jazz sax players but can play a whole host of other music. He will delight you either solo or in a band he is a great musician and he is professional and a really nice person too.

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Josh's Song list

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Pop and Soul
They Can't take that away from me
All Blues
All the things you are
Alright with me
Autumn leaves
I Wish I Knew How it Feels to be Free
Beyond the sea
Black coffee
Black Orpheus
Body & soul -
ByeBye blackbird
Call me
Can't take my eyes off you
Ain’t nobody here but us Chickens
Dat dere
Do it the hard way
Don't get around much Anymore
Everytime we say goodbye
Feel like making love
Feelin good
My Foolish heart
Just a Gigolo
glory of love
God bless the child
On Green Dolphin St
Hit the road Jack
How high the Moon
I get a kick out of you
Is you is
Isn't she lovely
It might as well be Spring
La bamba
The Lady is a tramp mix
Let there be love
Let's fall in love
Lets stay together
Light my fire
The Look of love
Love for sale
Lover man
Mack the knife
Mad about the Boy
Mas que nada
Midnight at the oasis
Have you Met Miss Jones
Moon river
Mr Bojangles
Night & day
One note samba
Oye como va
Paper moon
Peel me a grape
Shadow of your smile
Something stupid
Song for my father
Speak low
Stella by starlight
Stolen moments
Straighten up and Fly Right
Summer sun
The way you look tonight
A Night in Tunisia
I’ve got you Under my skin
What a difference a Day Made
Work song
Almost Like Being in Love
All or Nothing At All
As Time Goes By
Blue Moon
Blue Skies
But Not For Me
Bye Bye Blackbird
Close Your Eyes
Come Fly With Me
Come Rain or Come Shine
Deed I Do
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore East of the Sun
Exactly Like You
Fly Me to the Moon
Gee Baby Ain’t I Good to You Hallelujah I Love Him So
I Can’t Give You Anything but Love I Only Have Eyes For You
I Love Being Here With YouI Thought About You
Is You Is or Is You Ain’t my Baby
It Could Happen to You ItHadtobeYou
I’ve Got You Under my Skin
I’ve Never Been in Love Before
I’ve Got the World on a String
Just Squeeze Me
Let’s Face the Music and Dance
Let There be Love
My Baby Just Cares For Me Moonglow
Night and Day
On the Sunny Side of the Street Pennies from Heaven
Straighten Up and Fly Right S’Wonderful
They Can’t Take that Away from Me This Can’t be Love
The Way You Look Tonight
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square At Last
Baby Baby All the Time
Body and Soul
Cry Me a River
Dream a Little Dream of Me Embraceable You
Every Time We Say Goodbye Georgia on my Mind
Honeysuckle Rose
How Deep is the Ocean
I’ll String Along With You
I Remember You
The Nearness of You Nature Boy
Over the Rainbow
Pick Yourself Up September in the Rain Stormy Weather Straighten up and Fly Right Summertime
The Very Thought of You What a Difference Day Made What a Wonderful World When I Fall in Love
You Go to my Head
Black Orpheus
Corcovado (Quiet Nights)
No More Blues
So Nice (Summer Samba) The Girl from Ipanema
Pop and Soul
At Last
Don’t Know Why
Easy (Like Sunday Morning)
Feel Like Makin’ Love
Hotel California
Just the Two of Us
Just the Way You Are
Killing Me Softly
Lovely Day Moondance
The Look of Love
Thinking Out Loud
Walk on By
You Are the Sunshine of My Life

Josh'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)£150
Up to 1 hour£200
Up to 2 hours£225
Up to 3 hours£250
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.
Wedding ceremony + Drinks reception + Dinner
- Music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave. - 2 x 45 min performances at the drinks reception. - 2 x 45 min performances as dinner is being served.


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Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

A direct connection with the audience. The Feel-Good factor. Music that is expressive and fun and makes you want to dance or tap your feet.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club, Pizza Express Jazz Club, The Savoy, The Ritz, The Dorchester Hotels. St James Palace. Corporate events at all major London locations including The Shard, Canary Wharf, The Banqueting House, The Foreign Office, NATO headquarters. Performances for BBC.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Ben Webster, Stan Getz, Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins, Grover Washington, Kenny G

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

Playing live on ITV's 'Motormouth'

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

We always try our best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let us know

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

Absolutely. This is a really popular request and we actually offer this service for free.

How much time do you need to set up?

We usually set up about 45min before the performance time for jazz/accoustic set, and allow longer if there is more equipment, e.g. big PA, drum kit. As soon as our PA is set up we can provide a free playlist service to help set the atmosphere and get your guests ready for our live performance!

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

Our set lists are crafted from countless performances and learning what works best to ensure guests dance and have an amazing time. However, we're definitely happy to chat through and make sure we find what works for your event.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, absolutely! We are also happy leasing with venue technicians or in-house crew if there is equipment there already.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

If a song isn't included in our song list there may still be a chance we already know it. If there is a special song you'd like us to learn we are happy to do this for you. There is a fee of £30 for this service to take into account rehearsal times etc.
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Event types:
Private event, Wedding, Concert, Recording session, Virtual event, Wedding proposal, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Birthday party, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Christmas party, New Year's Eve, Corporate event, Charity event
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Other skills:
Arranger, Audio engineer, Composer, Orchestrator, Producer, Sound technician, Accompanist, Fluent improviser, Fluent sight-reader, MC, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Composition teaching, Examiner
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