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Katie is a passionate musician with over 20 years performing experience as a soloist and in various groups. All styles from jazz to pop.

Katie started her music career at primary school where she progressed from recorder to clarinet and finally found the saxophone as a teenager at high school. It was clear that this was her passion and she fell in love with all the music that the sax is so famous for. Katie played classically to start with but then through an influential teacher she learned about jazz and blues and learnt how to improvise. Katie eventually went to to study music at degree level and has enjoyed a wonderful music career of teaching and performing both nationally and internationally. Katie can provide subtle background jazz music for a drinks reception or can play more upbeat music ranging from soul to Ibiza style music. When she is not performing she can be found rehearsing with her Sax quartet, soul band or 17 piece swing band!

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Classical, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Jazz, Blues, Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Modern jazz, Swing, Easy listening, Light music, Pop, Covers, Disco, Funk, Motown, R&B, Soul, Top 40, Bossa nova, Latin
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Saxophone, Bb Clarinet, Flute
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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, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Fluent improviser, Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching
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Song list

Jubel - Klingande
Need U 100% - Duke Dumont
So Good to me - Chris Malinchak
Say Something - Karen Harding
One Day - Bakermat
This Girl - Kungs Vs Cookin On 3 Burners
Waiting for the beat - IcoS
Somebody Else's Guy - Jocelyn Brown
I Feel for You - Chaka Khan
Finally - CeCe Peniston
Teardrops - Womack and Womack
Never Too Much - Luther Vandross
Rather Be - Clean Bandit
Finesse - Bruno Mars
Treasure - Bruno Mars
Forget You - Ce Lo Green
Valerie - Amy Winehouse
Lullaby - Paloma Faith and Sigala
One Kiss - Calvin Harris with Dua Lipa
Over the Rainbow
My Funny Valentine
Autumn Leaves
You are too Beautiful to me
Girl from Ipanema
Night and Day
Mas Que Nada
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Customer questions

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

I’m always flexible to help your party/event run smoothly. If timings change within the time frame that’s absolutely fine. For example if you originally booked 2 x 45 mins but wanted to change to 3 x 30 mins that’s no problem.

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

I can play an iPod through my PA before and Inbetween sets. If you wish me to stay till the end of the event prices start from £100.

How much time do you need to set up?

I like to arrive about an hour before the performance time to make sure everything is all set in plenty of time.

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

I am happy to work with you to create a great set list to make sure all the guests enjoy themselves.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, I’m totally self contained. The only thing I need from a venue is 2 plug sockets!

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Yes I certainly can. Just let me know what you would like so I can source backing tracks and learn the piece.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Professional, has everyone on the dance floor and great communication.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Hotels, restaurants, wedding venues, private parties

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

I love the old jazz artists like Canonball Adderley and Charlie Parker. However I’m also influenced by singers like Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone and songs from the Great American songbook. More recently I love the sounds of the Ibiza dance music and admire Lovely Laura.

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

Yearly residency at RHS Harlow Carr


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)£120
Up to 1 hour£180
Up to 2 hours£250
Up to 3 hours£350
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
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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Simon D, 4 months ago

Created A Great Relaxed Vibe For Our Valentine's Event

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David C, 4 months ago

Fantastic would highly recommend

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Alana L, 5 months ago

Great service thanks for an amazing night

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Emma H, 5 months ago

Katie performed at our wedding reception and was amazing! All of our guests commented how much they loved her performance and she really made a great occasion better. Katie was very professional from the moment we booked, easy to communicate with and had a great range of music which was perfect for the age range in our guests. I would highly recommend Katie!

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Rachel S, 6 months ago

Just wanted to say thank you again for coming and playing for us on Friday. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed it on the evening and have still been mentioning how much they liked it today! I would also like to add that you kept me informed from the point of booking until the evening of the event too which was re-assuring.

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Lorna W, 1 year ago

We hired Katie for my daughters birthday party as we wanted an event with something a little different from a standard disco. We couldn't be more pleased with how it all went! We received a professional service from Katie from start to finish. We had great communication before the event so we were able to tailor make a playlist to include some of my daughters favourite songs. Katie's saxophone playing was AMAZING! It really got the party started and everyone was up dancing! We can't wait for the next family party to have Katie back again!!!

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