Saxophonist

Katie laycock

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About Katie

Saxophonist
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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
Musicianship
Genres:
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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Instruments:
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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

IBIZA SET LIST
Destination Calabria – radio edit – Alex Gaudino feat Crystal Waters
Baby – Bakermat
Somebody Elses Guy – Jocelyn Brown
Finally – Ce Ce Peniston
Teardrops – single version - Womack and Womack
Show Me Love – Robin S
Lullaby – Paloma Faith
Jubel – Klingande
It Just won’t do – radio edit – Tim Deluxe, Sam Obernik
Flowers – Sunship radio edit – Sweet Female Attitude
Sing it Back – Boris Dlugosch Mix – Moloko
One Day – Vandaag – Radio edit – Bakermat
Waiting for the beat – IcoS
This Girl – (Kungs Vs Cooking on 3 burners)
Intoxicated – Radio Edit – Martin Solveig
Most Precious Love – Blaze feat Barbara Tucker
Pasilda – Afro Medusa
Discos Revenge – Short Dirty Mix – Gusto
Call on Me – Eric Prydz
Piece of me – MK Becky Hill
Funky Sensation – Disclosure, Gwen Mckay
One Kiss – Dua Lipa and Calvin Harris
Somethin Going on – Todd Terry……….
Do Your Thing – Basement Jaxx
Where Love Lives – radio edit – Alison Limerick
Needin U – radio mix – David Morales
Giant – Calving Harris and Rag and Bone Man
Liquid Spirit – Claptone Remix – Gregory Porter and Claptone
Lolas Theme – The Shapeshifters
Changes – radio mix – Faul & Wad ad, PNAU
Big Love – Pete Heller
DISCO/FUNK/SOUL
Somebody Else's Guy - Jocelyn Brown
I Feel for You - Chaka Khan
Finally - CeCe Peniston
Teardrops - Womack and Womack
Never Too Much - Luther Vandross
Signed Sealed Delivered – Stevie Wonder
Young Hearts – Candi Staton
I’m Coming Out – Diana Ross
Got to Be Real – Cheryl Lynn
Everybody Dance – Nile Rogers and Chic
POP
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
Love on Top – Beyonce
Happy – Pharrell Williams
SOS – Avicci
Sweet Lovin – Sigala
Wake me Up – Avicci
Came here for love – Sigala feat. Ella Eyre
Valerie – Amy Winehouse
All I am – Jess Glynn
Symphony – Clean Bandit
Shotgun – George Ezra
JAZZ/BALLADS
Over the Rainbow – Harold Arlen
My Funny Valentine – Rogers and Hart
Autumn Leaves – Joseph Kosma
Summertime -George Gershwin
You are too Beautiful to me – Joe Cocker
Girl from Ipanema - Jobim
Night and Day – Cole Porter
Mas Que Nada – Jorge Ben
Hit the Road Jack – Ray Charles
I wish I knew how it would feel to be free – Taylor and Dallas
The Way you Look Tonight – Dorothy Fields
Fly Me to the Moon – Bart Howard
Smells Like Teen Spirit (Paul Anka version)
Thinking out loud – Ed Sheeran
Time After Time – Cyndi Lauper
Natural Woman – Carole King
Ain’t No Sunshine – Bill Withers
Take Five – Dave Brubeck
Lily Was Here – Candy Dulfer and Dave Stewart
ROCK
Rockin all over the World – Status Quo
Half the World away – Oasis
Tender – Blur
Fix You – Coldplay
You do something to me – Paul Wellar
Shining Light – Ash
Waterfall – Stone Roses
Friday I’m in Love – The Cure
Sex on Fire – Kings of Leon
Mardy Bum – Artic Monkeys
She’s Electric – Oasis
Fools Gold – Stone Roses
It Must Be Love – Madness
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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

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)£120
Up to 1 hour£180
Up to 2 hours£250
Up to 3 hours£350
Packages
Wedding ceremony
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
£300
Drinks reception
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception
£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.
£850

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Stacey B, 2 months ago

Kate was amazing at my wedding party from the minute she started till she finished she had everyone up dancing extremely satisfied with her

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Kim H, 2 months ago

Katie was fantastic at our wedding, she was really accommodating and split her set for us so we could have her play to both our day guest and evening guest. Katie also learnt a song for us which she play brilliantly. All our guest complimented how good she was and she got everyone up and dancing. Thank you so much for making our special day even more special. I would highly recommend Katie she is just fantastic.

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Ruby W, 3 months ago

Wow Katie what a amazing women. She played at my 21st all the songs I wanted and everyone loved her. It made my birthday and she was the sweetest woman. Thanks for making my 21st unforgettable Katie 🧡

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Simon D, 8 months ago

Created A Great Relaxed Vibe For Our Valentine's Event

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Rachel S, 11 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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