Saxophonist

Kelvin J Parker

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An experienced professional, playing all saxophones, clarinet & flute. Plays all genres. Reads exceptionally well & also able to improvise.

Over the last year or so i have spent alot of time (& money) setting up my new venture. This was completed in May 2017 and I now go out on my own with an amazing BOSE p.a system and backing tracks. I love this as I can play music across all genres for any occasion be it a Glenn Miller evening or a classical clarinet concerto. I am concentrating on weddings, anniversaries and other special occasions now to give you the perfect day you wished for. I want to make your day/evening unique for you and will find, write and arrange any music for your special occasion. During the last five years I have played extensively for some of the worlds largest cruise companies with numerous contracts for P & O, Holland America, RCCL and Carnival. This entails backing west end style shows, world famous singers and cabaret acts. In 2013 I played for the show Chicago . The show is a tough multi doubling chair, incorporating tenor & soprano saxes, clarinet and piccolo. Up to 2011 apart from performing with the Joe Loss Orchestra I worked with various big bands, played for theatre productions in musicals such as “The Light in the Piazza”,“The Wild Party”, “Parade”, “Annie”, “Guys n Dolls” and many more. I have recorded with my own band and for others. In July 2oo8 I started my new band “Sticky Fingers” . The band is a fusion of funk/jazz/latin and rock. Since June 2004 I have had the privilege of playing lead alto with the Joe Loss Orchestra which travels all over the country playing concerts as well as formal/informal dances. In January 1999 I set up my own function band, Easy Street. This was a six piece band playing all styles of music for various occasions. From 1989 - 2011 during the Christmas period I played in pantomime (oh no I didn’t!) for Paul Holman Productions, responsible for both arranging and playing everything from Bass Clarinet to piccolo. During 1996 I worked in the resident band at Butlins, Ayr where I played for various production shows and provided backing for cabaret shows including Grease, the Butlins Story and the Sound of the Drifters. Peripatetic Music Teacher Teaching Saxophones, Flute & Clarinet I taught woodwind at the Knightsbridge school from May 2006 - July 2012, ages here are eight to thirteen. From January 1997 to April 1999 I worked for Surrey Music and Performing Arts as a peripatetic music teacher where I taught a range of ages and abilities. From 1990 to 1992 I taught clarinet, saxophone and flute to pupils aged from 11 to 18 at Bearwood College, Reading. Musician with the Staff Band of the Irish Guards (British Army) Principal Saxophonist (also Clarinet) March 1989 – October 1994 Whilst I was with the Irish Guards Band I played at events such as Trooping the Colour, State Opening of Parliament, Royal Garden Parties and Changing of the Guard. The band also regularly played with the RPO at various venues around the country performing the Classical Spectacular. I played lead alto for the All Guards Big Band at Wembley Arena. During my time with the Irish Guards Band I also took on various roles as a freelance musician, including working as Musical Director for Gerry Cottle’s Circus. The Band also played at other events such as the FA Cup Final and the Rugby World Cup. Musician at the Royal Military School Of Music (Kneller Hall) Studied clarinet under Paul Harvey. I was in the Number One Band as well as playing lead alto in the Big Band. Studied saxophone under John Sands. Musician with 16/5 Queen’s Royal Lancers (British Army) Clarinet & Saxophone September 1982 – March 1989 During my time with the 16/5 Lancers I attended various John Dankworth Jazz Courses, where I was able to meet and play with Tony Coe, Jimmy Hastings and Don Rendell. I also spent 2 years in Germany with the band where I played at various events, including the Monte Carlo Rugby Sevens, and toured many European countries. Achieved Distinction in Grade VIII Clarinet – Associated Board (1985). Achieved Grade VIII in Music Theory – Associated Board (1985).

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I can perform with backing tracks
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1970s era music, 1960s era music, 1980s era music, Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Swing, Dixieland, Blues, Easy listening, Light music, Covers, Funk, Funk rock, Motown, R&B, Soul, Top 40, Christmas
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Instruments:
Saxophone, 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 sight-reader, Fluent improviser, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching
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Song list

SWING
Accentuate The Positive
After You've Gone
Aguascalientes's De Beber
Airgin
Alfie's Theme
Alice In Wonderland
All Blues
All Of You
Along Came Betty
Alright Ok You Win
Angel Eyes
All Of Me
Ain't Misbehavin'
All The Things You Are
Anthropology
Apple Core
April In Paris
Autumn In New York
Begin The Beguine
Basin St Blues
Beauty & The Beast
Bernies Tune
Birdland
Blue Skies
The Chicken
Body & Soul
Bye Bye Blackbird
Call Me
Call Me Irresponsible
Caravan
A Child Is Born
Cruella De Vil
Cute
Do Nothing Til You Hear From Me
C Jam Blues
Eleanor Rigby
Cantelope Is
Billies Bounce
My Little Suede Shoes
Georgia On My Mind
A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Sq
Night & Day
I Got Rhythm
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Easy To Love
Fly Me To The Moon
Family Guy
Freddie Freeloader
Frim Fram Sauce
Have You Met Miss Jones
Here's That Rainy Day
Honeysuckle Rose
How High The Moon
How Insensitive
I Can't Get Started
It Don't Mean A Thing
I Love Paris
I Remember Clifford
I'll Remember April
I'm Beginning To See The Light
It's All Right With Me
It Might As Well Be Spring
I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
I've Got You Under My Skin
In A Mellow Tone
Just The Two Of Us
Killer Joe
Lady Is A Tramp
Lazy River
Let's Face The Music & Dance
Lover Man
Lullaby Of Birdland
Maiden Voyage
Makin' Whoopee
Moanin'
Misty
Moon River
Move
My Favourite Things
My Foolish Heart
My Funny Valentine
New York State Of Mind
Now's The Time
One O'Clock Jump
On Green Dolphin St
Over The Rainbow
Perdido
Pick Up The Pieces
Prelude To A Kiss
Respect
Rock With You
Salt Peanuts
Satin Doll
Shadow Of Your Smile
Sidewinder
Simpsons
Someday My Prince Will Come
Some Enchanted Evening
Song For My Father
Song Is You
Songbird (Kenny G)
Spider-Man
St Louis Blues
Stardust
Stella By Starlight
Stormy Weather
Swinging Shepherd Blues
Sweet Georgia Brown
Take 5
Take The A Train
Tenderly
There Will Never Be Another You
Things Ain't What They Used To Be
Time After Time
Too Close For Comfort
Top Hat White Tie & Tails
The Very Thought Of You
Watermelon Man
The Way You Look Tonight
A Weaver Of Dreams
Well You Needn't
When I Fall In Love
When You Wish Upon A Star
Who's Afraid Of The Big Bad Wolf
Willow Weep For Me
You Are So Beautiful
You Are Too Beautiful
SMOOTH JAZZ
Angela
Feels So Good
Give Me The Night
Just The Two Of Us
Minute By Minute
Street Life
Winelight
FUNK
Always There
Cantaloupe Is
Chameleon
Hideaway
LATIN AMERICAN
Desafinado
Girl From Ipanema
Meditation
Black Orpheus
Chega De Saudade
Invitation
Morning Dance
One Night Samba
Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars
St Thomas
Summer Samba
Triste
Wave
BIG BAND
Play That Funky Music
Sax To The Max
Now What
Goodbye My Heart
2 1/2 Men
Burritos To Go
Drummin' Man
Swingin' Shanty
GLENN MILLER
Opus 1
Tuxedo Junction
I've Got You Under My Skin
A String Of Pearls
Jersey Bounce
Stompin' At The Savoy
Every Time We Say Goodbye
Begin The Beguine
Mood Indigo
In The Mood
POP ROCK & MOTOWN
Against All Odds
Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing
All About That Bass
All I Ask
All My Loving
All Of Me (John Legend)
Always There
Another Star
A Team (Ed Sheehan)
Baby Grand
Baby I Need Your Lovin'
Baker St
Ben
Big Girls Don't Cry
Bird Of Beauty
Bye Bye Baby
Can't Buy Me Love
Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You
Chasing Pavements
Compared To What
Eight Days A Week
Fields Of Gold
Girl Is Mine
Good Time
Green Onions
Halo
Happy
Heal The World
Heatwave
Hello (Adele)
I Gotta Feeling
I Just Called To Say I Love You
Imagine
In My Life
In The Midnight Hour
Isn't She Lovely
I Wish
Jazzman
Jump Jive & Wail
Just The Way You Are
Let It Be
Let's Hang On
Let's Stay Together
Listen Here
Live While We're Young
Long & Winding Rd
Make You Feel My Love
Man In The Mirror
Mercy Mercy Me
Michelle
Million Years Ago
Moondance
My Cherie Amour
My Eyes Adored You
My Life
My Guy
Need You Now
New York State Of Mind
Oh What A Night
On Broadway
Ooh Baby Baby
Part Time Lover
Pick Up The Pieces
Respect
Rainy Days & Mondays
Reach Out, I'll Be There
Remedy
Remember The Time
Ribbon In The Sky
River Of Dreams
Roar
Rock With You
Rolling In The Deep
Rumour Has It
Set Fire To The Rain
Shake It Off
Sherry
She's Always A Woman
Signed Sealed Delivered
Sir Duke
Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay
Skyfall
Sky Full Of Stars
Someone Like You
Soul Finger
Soul Man
Street Life
Stronger
Superstition
Thinking Out Loud
Thriller
Too High
Viva La Vida
Valerie
Walk Like A Man
When I Was Your Man
When We Were Young
Whisper Not
Yellow Submarine
Yesterday
You Are Not Alone
You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
You've Got A Friend In Me
CHRISTMAS
Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire
Frosty The Snowman
Here Comes Santa Claus
Merry Xmas Darling
Let It Snow
The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
Customer questions

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

I will always try and accommodate any slight changes in timings etc in order for your event to be the best possible. Just let me know and I will do my best to help.

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

Yes, no problem at all. I offer this as part of the package, no extra money! If you would like this service after I have finished, using my PA it will cost an additional £75.

How much time do you need to set up?

I need approximately 45 mins to set up before the performance. I will always set up a min 2 hrs before so I can set the atmosphere with background music for you.

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

Yes, there will be things I will want to use at certain times as after 30 years in the business I have gained vast experience in ‘reading the room’ and keeping most happy. I will always offer to play your choices and even write or arrange new material (for an additional fee).

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Absolutely, and in most cases with leads etc I will bring 2 of everything, just in case!

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Yes, no problem at all. As long as it is not on the day of the event as I will need time to transcribe/arrange and rehearse. There is a small fee of £30 for this.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

People most enjoy my sound and the way I project. They like my attention to detail and the incredible sound through my PA. They like the way I tailor make their night, so by reading the room I keep as many as possible happy. I don’t do as much work as others through Encore as I work on the cruise ships a fair amount but my feedback speaks volumes.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

I have performed at most venues in the UK: Royal Albert Hall, Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Ronnie Scotts, Bulls Head, Glasgow City Hall, Wembley Stadium, Twickenham Stadium, Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, Royal Palace Monte Carlo, Berlin Olympic Stadium, Blackpool Tower Ballrom, Bridlington Spa, Blackpool Grand Theatre, Floral Halls, Southport.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

All class acts on a musical level. Phil Woods, Michael Brecker, Nigel Hitchcock, Miles Davis, Andy Mackintosh, Eric Marienthal, Steely Dan, Elvis Costello These and many more great musicians knock me out every time I hear them, be it live or through recordings.

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

I have performed at Wembley Arena with the Brigade Of Guards Big Band to a sell out audience. Guest of honour was HRH Diana, Princess Of Wales.

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)£100
Up to 1 hour£160
Up to 2 hours£220
Up to 3 hours£280

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Rachel J, 9 months ago

1st time booking. To be honest I was dubious with booking. That soon went on the day. Kelvin was spot on. Music was great. Definitely recommend Kelvin

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Michelle M, 9 months ago

Wow, we don't really know where to start with Kelvin, but we think you’ve just found the musician you’re after. We had so many quotes come through, but none seemed quite right until we heard Kelvin and he was just in a different league to anyone else we heard! There might be others with more reviews, but Kelvin was just incredible at our wedding! Playing everything from Adele through to Duke Ellington, he was able to create the perfect atmosphere for everyone to enjoy the afternoon. He also puts a lot of time and effort into making sure he plays what you’re after; whereas some other musicians we spoke to were only able to play a set playlist of tracks. Kelvin was professional and approachable when it came to helping us understand what we were after. He was also such good value for money, especially for a musician of his standard, we would have paid much more! On the day, he was brilliant, punctual, and blended in with ease. We had so many guests come and tell us how talented they thought Kelvin was; even the people living near the venue, who hear umpteen musicians in wedding season came and sat out in their gardens to listen to him and let the staff know how incredible they thought he was! We’d urge you to trust us (as much as you can trust an essentially anonymous online review), and go with Kelvin – you won’t regret it! Thank you again Kelvin for creating the perfect atmosphere for our day, we honestly cannot thank you enough!!

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Charles O, 1 year ago

It's difficult to know where to start with Kelvin. If he had have been half as dedicated, professional, helpful or accommodating, I would have been absolutely delighted but the fact that he had all of those things in abundance as well as being a fantastic musician made this a booking I am so pleased I made. My communication with Kelvin was frequent, timely and clear and his dedication to ensuring what he provided for the night was what we wanted was brilliant. Numerous guests throughout the night (and since) have commented on how great he was and he was instrumental (no pun intended) to the successful vibe of the evening. In case you can't tell - I would definitely recommend him

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Mr E, 1 year ago

What can I say, Kelvin provided a first class session on the saxophone / clarinet for my sister and brother in law on there 40th Anniversary . The songs were great ,kelvin provided the music we asked for,and he was first class in everything he did .If you are thinking of booking kelvin I can honestly say you will not be disappointed . I would just like to say a personal thank you so much kelvin for making our evening ,you were excellent . Thanks Dennis

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Josh R, 9 months ago

Kelvin is a joy to work with. His professionalism and utmost hard work makes him a great player of choice for any future commitments. Kelvin is a strong Reed player and delivers a quality of sound that supports an ensemble. I recommend Kelvin to anyone looking for a top-player and they should relish the opportunity to work with him.

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Simon B, 1 year ago

Kelvin has displayed an excellent standard of musicianship on all three instruments, saxophone, clarinet and flute. A highly competent reader and soloist. Kelvin is an asset to the Orchestra and I hope to see him in the foreseeable future as a permanent member.

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