Saxophonist

Kal Vaikla

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Saxophonist
Ashbourne
Public liability insurance of £10 million
Solo sax/vocalist and 4 great bands - Weddingeventsaxplayer or Kal’s Kats or Kalamazoo Dance Band or Soultown Kats plus Tipsy Pony Bar

Having successfully led many bands - I now run 4 very successful bands plus my Solo wedding sax set and our very popular vocal duo - Vintage Vie - Kal's Kats (50’s jump jive and swing/20’s Gatsby theme/Peaky Blinders Theme) - The Kalamazoo Dance Band ( Glenn Miller Dance Band or Rat Pack) - The Regency Dance Orchestra (Strict tempo ballroom dancing) - Soultown Kats - excellent Soul and Motown style band - Wedding Event Sax Player (solo tenor sax ballads and tunes as well as vocals eg Rat Pack for weddings, corporate events) - Vintage Vie this is Laura and me as a vocal duo performing songs of the 20’s to 40’s and 50’s plus party numbers and a Christmas selection - being dancers as well, we always involved the guests and teach them the moves to get them involved. Why not have Vintage Vie to start your event followed by one of our band line ups We always present with immaculate stage lighting presentation to create a wow effect every time -= whether that be with a band or directly as a solo sax player. We actively engage the audience with dance steps and moves to get them all involved and can teach Lindy, Charleston stroll, gay gordons, barn dance etc - all of which create such a part atmosphere. We have numerous videos available and play at a staggering number of events across the UK, Europe and Middle East. We have also featured on BBC TV, BBC Radio and most recently played as the swing band in the Hollywood oscar nominated film Phantom Thread starring Sir Daniel Day Lewis. We take every booking extremely seriously as if it were our first or last event such that nothing is left to chance for complacency to slip in. If you're kind enough to book us and trust us with your event, we will reciprocate and exceed your expectations.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I have my own portable piano/keyboard
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
Jazz, Blues, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Swing, Latin jazz, Cabaret, Dixieland, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Actor, Dancer, Musical comedy, Fluent improviser, Fluent sight-reader, MC, Instrumental teaching
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Song list

Whether it be a full live band we provide or a solo sax player - I have the backing tracks to play a huge range of music according to your requirement, whether that be modern pop songs, jazz, gentle ballads, swing tunes, rock n roll
- I will also teach your guests various dance styles to get them all involved in the party atmosphere
Here is a small selection - but not limited to at all -
Do nothin' 'till you hear from me
It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing
Misty
Jeepers Creepers
Moonlight in Vermont
On Greene Dolphin Street
Jump, jive n wail
Anything Is possible
come away with me
Come undone
Cry me a river
Hero
On the Horizon
Sound of the underground
Hit the road jack
Spirit in the sky
Fever
Harlem Nocturne
Li'l darlin'
I wish I dealt in Harlem
Moonglow
Round Midnight
Why don't you do right
Blue Monday
Everything I do, I do it for you
Theme from Titanic
I don't want to miss a thing
I will always love you
Star Wars theme
The Wind beneath my wings
You can leave your hat on
Ain't nobody hear but us chickens
Swing that music
Zoot suit riot
Fly me to the moon
A large selection of Christmas tunes
Blue Suede shoes
Jailhouse rock
Hound dog
Rock around the clock
Summertime
Stardust
Shadow of your smile
Customer questions

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. If you'd like a DJ service via our PA after the final set until the venue closes, we provide this for an additional £100.” - We can also use your playlist if you have one - that way it is set to the music you love and want

How much time do you need to set up?

“We usually set up about 1 to 1.5 hours before the performance time. 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! I bring my own instrument to play acoustically or via a PA system If you book the full band - then we provide the same equipment

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. ”

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I have been serving clients for over 25 years - either solo sax or via one of my 4 band line ups - We always work with the client to ensure your event goes exactly to your plan -afterall, it is your event. Will play a vast range a music all discussed and planned with you in advance. - We also actively teach dance moves to get everyone involved and have fun

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Have played at large venues as support to Jools Holland, Clare Teal and Chris Evans (Children in Need) - Large festivals such as Retrofestival, Carfest and over 112 weddings including the bands and solo sax while guests arrive etc. We have played nearly 2000 events across the UK, Europe and Middle East.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Influenced by a large number of artists including those from the 40's age Glenn Miller etc to Ray Charles and Louis Prima in the 50's then on to Soul and Motown greats - and then back to the 30's for our Art Deco band - however, as a solo sax player, I will play a range of music from all genres

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

Most High profile gig we have played is for a Hollywood Film called Phantom Thread with Sir Daniel Day Lewis. Also played for the Peaky Blinders film set and played support to Jools Holland and Clare Teal.

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)£250
Up to 1 hour£250
Up to 2 hours£400
Up to 3 hours£600
Packages
Drinks reception
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception
£300
Solo sax
Will play during the guest arrival, signing of the wedding vows, party tunes for your guests afterwards
£300
Wedding ceremony
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
£300
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.
£500
full band options
Having successfully led many of the midlands big bands - I now run 4 very successful bands plus my Solo wedding sax set : - Kal's Kats (jump jive and swing/Gatsby theme/Peaky Blinders Theme) - The Kalamazoo Dance Band ( Glenn Miller Dance Band or Rat Pack) - The Regency Dance Orchestra (Strict tempo ballroom dancing) - Soultown Kats - excellent Soul and Motown style band - Wedding Event Sax Player (solo tenor sax ballads and tunes as well as vocals eg Rat Pack for weddings, corporate events) We always present with immaculate stage lighting presentation to create a wow effect every time -= whether that be with a band or directly as a solo sax player. We actively engage the audience with dance steps and moves to get them all involved and can teach Lindy, Charleston stroll, gay gordons, barn dance etc - all of which create such a part atmosphere. We have numerous videos available and play at a staggering number of events across the UK, Europe and Middle East. We have also featured on BBC TV, BBC Radio and most recently played as the swing band in the Hollywood oscar nominated film Phantom Thread starring Sir Daniel Day Lewis. We take every booking extremely seriously as if it were our first or last event such that nothing is left to chance for complacency to slip in. If you're kind enough to book us and trust us with your event, we will reciprocate and exceed your expectations.
£1000
Available services
Skype Consultation and 3 New Songs Learned
+£200
DJ set
+£300
Band options
+£1000

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Simon W, 1 month ago

Hi Kal - Really good to meet you and Laura and the rest of the band on Saturday and thank you for your kind words about the hotel and the event. What a fantastic evening, we have had many good comments back and the whole event was a great success. You guys were absolutely superb and I’d like to congratulate you on your professionalism throughout. The music was brilliant and the whole setup was first class. Would definitely be interested in discussing future events and will have to get some plans together for next year. Possibly a summer garden party in a marquee on the lawns would be something we’d be keen to look at. What might you suggest in terms of theme and music style? Probably be looking at a Saturday in June/July. Also for future reference what do you charge for the band for a New Year’s Eve performance? Would be great to get any photos or video from the event that you may have too that we could put on social media and other marketing for similar events for the future. Look forward to hearing from you and once again thank you and the rest of the band for such a fantastic night of entertainment. Kind regards Simon

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Dee E, 2 months ago

This set up of Laura and Kal as Vintage Vie and the band is fabulous x they will take you right back x with their authentic sounds of the past. Your feet won’t stop tapping and your soul won’t stop moving. Their dancers and singers are amazing. The 1920s ball in Leicester was perfection x well done guys xx - Dee Evans - City Rooms Leiceste

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