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An experienced professional, playing all saxophones, clarinet & flute. Plays all genres. Reads exceptionally well & also able to improvise.
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Alton
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Over the last few years 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 Ibiza style birthday party, a Glenn Miller evening, a pop based wedding 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 - present during the Christmas period I play music for pantomimes, (oh no I don’t!) 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
We can perform outdoors
We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
We require car parking close to venues
We can perform while walking around a venue
Our equipment is PAT tested
We own a PA system
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This act has been working with Encore for over 6 years
50 gigs
Veteran: 50 bookings through Encore
Musicianship
Genres:
Pop, Classical, Jazz, 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, Baroque, Classical crossover, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, Ambient pop, Bossa nova, Caribbean music, German music, Latin, Polka, Samba, Tango, Brazilian music, Reggae, Ska, 1990s era music, Cabaret, Modern jazz, Disco, 1930s era music, Classic rock, Pop rock, Rock 'n' Roll
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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, Cruise, Virtual event
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Other skills:
Fluent sight-reader, Fluent improviser, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching
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Song list

SAXY MUST HAVES
Against All Odds
Baker St
Blue Water
Candy
Cantaloupe Island
Careless Whisper
Desafinado
Englishman In New York
Georgia
Going Home (Dire Straits)
Honey Dipped
In A Sentimental Mood
In The Mood
Jubel
Just The 2 Of Us
Just The Way You Are
Let’s Groove
Lily Was Here
Logical Song
(A)Million Love Songs
Mr Saxobeat
Misty
Pink Panther
Sax
Sir Duke
Songbird
Take 5
Yakety Sax
IBIZA/CLUB/HOUSE
Ain’t No Other Man
Ain’t No Sunshine (Deep House Covers)
Baby
Baker Street (Undercover Club Version)
Candy
Can’t Stop The Feeling
Changes
Despacito
Destination Calabria
Games Continued
I Feel It Coming (feat. Daft Punk)
I Gotta Feeling
Infinity
Jubel
Let’s Groove
Lola’s Theme
Man With The Red Face
Mr Saxobeat
One Day
One Kiss
Proud Mary
Rasputin (Majestic reg mix)
Rasputin (Majestic club remix)
Rather Be
Riva
Sax
Shape Of You
Single Ladies
Spottie
This Girl
Uptown Funk
You’ve Got The Love
POP & ROCK
Against All Odds
Ain’t No Other Man
Ain’t No Sunshine (Deep House Covers)
All About That Bass
All I Ask
All My Loving
All Of Me (John Legend)
Alone
Always There
And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going
Angels
Another One Bites The Dust
Another Star
Arms Of An Angel
A Team (Ed Sheeran)
Baby Grand
Baby I Need Your Lovin'
Baby Love
Baker St (Original Version)
Ben
Big Girls Don't Cry
Bird Of Beauty
Bye Bye Baby
Candy
Can't Buy Me Love
Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You
Careless Whisper
Chasing Pavements
Compared To What
Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Defying Gravity
Despacito
Don’t Stop Believin’
Drugs Don’t Work
Eight Days A Week
Englishman In New York
Fields Of Gold
Girl Is Mine
Good Time
Going Home
Green Onions
Halo
Happy
Happy Birthday (Stevie Wonder)
Heal The World
Heatwave
Hello (Lionel Ritchie)
Hello (Adele)
Hit The Road Jack
Hound Dog
I Feel It Coming
I Gotta Feeling
I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues
I Just Called To Say I Love You
Imagine
In My Life
I Shot The Sheriff
Isn't She Lovely
I Wanna Dance With Somebody
I Wish
Jazzman
Jubel
Jump Jive & Wail
Just The Way You Are
Lean On Me
Let It Be
Let’s Groove
Let's Hang On
Let's Stay Together
Listen Here
Live While We're Young
Logical Song
Long & Winding Rd
Love Is A Losing Game
Love Me Tender
Make You Feel My Love
Man In The Mirror
Mercy Mercy Me
Michelle
(A) Million Love Songs
Million Years Ago
Minute By Minute
Moondance
My Cherie Amour
My Eyes Adored You
My Life
My Guy
Need You Now
New York State Of Mind
No One
Oh What A Night
On Broadway
Ooh Baby Baby
Over The Rainbow
Part Time Lover
Pick Up The Pieces
Play That Funky Music
Poker Face
(The) Power Of Love (J. Rush)
Proud Mary
Rainy Days & Mondays
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
She
Sherry
She's Always A Woman
Single Ladies
Sir Duke
Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay
Skyfall
Someone Like You
Soul Finger
Soul Man
Spottie
Street Life
Stronger
Sweet Caroline
Take Me Home
Thinking Out Loud
This Girl
Thriller
Time After Time
Too High
To Love Somebody
True Colours
Uptown Funk
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 Know I’m No Good
Your Latest Trick
Your Song
You've Got A Friend In Me
MOTOWN
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing
Baby I Need Your Lovin'
Baby Love
Endless Love
How Sweet It Is
I Can’t Help Myself
I’ll Be There
Midnight Hour
My Girl
Ooh Baby Baby
Part Time Lover
Reach Out, I’ll Be There
Respect
Signed Sealed Delivered
Stop In The Name Of Love
Superstition
Three Times A Lady
The Tracks Of My Tears
What’s Going On
You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me
SMOOTH JAZZ
All I See Is You
Bang Bang
Bermuda Nights
Blue Water
Can’t Let You Go
The Dream
Emily
Europa
Feels So Good
Flirt
Honey-Dipped
Just The Two Of Us
Know You By Heart
Love Is On The Way
Maputo
Minute By Minute
Put The Top Down
Slam
Songbird
Straight To The Heart
Streetlife
Together Again
Winelight
You Make Me Smile
SWING
Accentuate The Positive
After You've Gone
Agua De Beber
Airegin
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
Cheek To Cheek
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
In A Sentimental Mood
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
L.O.V.E
Lover Man
Lullaby Of Birdland
Maiden Voyage
Makin' Whoopee
Me & My Gal
Me & My Girl
Moanin'
Misty
Moon River
Move
Mr Bojangles
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
Prelude To A Kiss
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
FUNK
Always There
Cantaloupe Is
Chameleon
Chicken
Cissy Strut
Hideaway
Pick Up The Pieces
LATIN AMERICAN
Black Orpheus
Chega De Saudade
Desafinado
Girl From Ipanema
Invitation
Meditation
Morning Dance
One Night Samba
Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars
St Thomas
Summer Samba
Triste
Wave
BIG BAND
Burritos To Go
Drummin' Man
Goodbye My Heart
Now What
Play That Funky Music
Sax To The Max
Swingin' Shanty
Two 1/2 Men
GLENN MILLER
American Patrol
A String Of Pearls
Begin The Beguine
Every Time We Say Goodbye
In The Mood
I've Got You Under My Skin
Jersey Bounce
Mood Indigo
Moonlight Serenade
Opus 1
Pennsylvania 65000
Stompin' At The Savoy
Take The A Train
Tuxedo Junction
CLASSICAL
Blue Danube
Can Can (Orpheus)
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Grand March (Aida)
Habanera (Carmen)
Hornpipe (Water Music)
Hungarian Dance No 5
Jesu Joy Of Man’s Desiring
Largo (New World Symphony)
Morning (Peer Gynt)
Ode To Joy
Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Spring (4 Seasons)
Surprise Symphony
William Tell
CHRISTMAS
All I Want For Christmas
Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire
Christmas Time Is Here
Frosty The Snowman
Happy Holiday
Here Comes Santa Claus
Let It Snow
Marshmallow World
Merry Xmas Darling
The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square
Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town
JAMES BOND
Diamonds Are Forever
For Your Eyes Only
From Russia With Love
Goldfinger
James Bond Theme
Live & Let Die
Nobody Does It Better
OHMSS
Skyfall
View To A Kill
Writing’s On The Wall
You Only Live Twice
MUSICALS
A Million Dreams
Beauty & The Beast
Defying Gravity
Me & My Gal
Me & My Girl
BOLLYWOOD
London Thumakda
Singh Is Kinng
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

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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£99
Up to 1 hour£170
Up to 2 hours£260
Up to 3 hours£310
Packages
Drinks reception
Two performances of up to 45 mins each during your drinks reception
£220
Wedding ceremony
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
£250
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.
£400
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Reviews

From Encore customers:

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Karen G
15 hours ago
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5 out of 5

So pleased we found Kelvin for our corporate event. He was fantastic and everyone enjoyed his music. Highly recommended!

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Megan J
1 day ago
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5 out of 5

Kelvin was great from the very beginning. Very thorough and made sure to make sure he played what we wanted. Including learning a new song at short notice, which also was fantastically played on the night and touched a lot of people's hearts. Thank you so much for providing a spectacular evening and I will definitely be recommending you for any future events. Thanks, Megan & Francis

Reply from Kelvin
1 day ago

Thank you Megan, you were very supportive and helpful after my nerve jangling drive, being stranded on the M25. I’m so glad I was able to give you the evening you had planned and deserved. Best wishes to you and Francis for a great life together.

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Tori B
7 days ago
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5 out of 5

Kelvin was great, from start to finish

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Charlene S
14 days ago
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5 out of 5

Kelvin was really pleasant and was really accommodating to my special day. He played alot of the songs I asked and was genuinely a lovely and friendly guy. I was so happy with his set and he has alot of experience with playing for different venues. I definitely would book with Kelvin again. ☺️

Reply from Kelvin
13 days ago

Thank you Charlene, it was a pleasure to play for you and all your friends. Lovely food from your Mum (Wendy) and thankfully the weather stayed dry. Thanks for all your help during the day. Best wishes, Kelvin

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Sam B
1 month ago, for a Birthday party in Bristol
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5 out of 5

Kelvin is a fantastic human he was so helpful and attentive with the booking. He went above and beyond with additional extras like, lights and smoke machine (although venue wouldn't allow smoke machine lol). When sorting the music he went above and beyond learning and playing my favourite song ❤️ and with the picking of the music we worked well together with what I wanted a mixture of genres and his expertise in how to arrange them....!!!! I loved the night as did everyone at my 40th and everyone spoke so highly of you i think my auntie might book you at some point. Thank you for being awesome and amazing and 100% If you want a saxophonist you will be in safe hands with Kelvin.

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Josh R
3 years ago, for a Theatre / Show in Henley-on-Thames RG9
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4 out of 5

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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