Michael Grant

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A freelance woodwind musician based in Manchester but available for work throughout the universe.
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Michael A. Grant is a freelance musician, based in Manchester but available for work throughout the universe. He is an experienced performer in a variety of genres, including orchestral music, big band swing and traditional jazz. He is also in high demand as a reed player for musical theatre productions, on account of his strong sight-reading ability and proficiency across multiple instruments. Furthermore, he is a very capable arranger and orchestrator, as well as a keen composer.

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Classical, Baroque, Contemporary classical, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, Opera, Jazz, Cabaret, Dixieland, Gypsy jazz, Ragtime, Swing, Light music, Originals
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Theatre / Show, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Composer, Orchestrator, Transcription, Songwriter, Lyricist, Fluent improviser, Fluent sight-reader
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Michael's Song list

Note: I am an accomplished sight-reader so can feasibly play anything you want, giving me a theoretically infinite repertoire. However, Encore insists that I list at least 25 specific 'songs', so here are 122 jazz pieces (not all of them songs) to serve as examples (taken from the repertoire list of my jazz group The Jelly Roll Jazz Band):
After You’ve Gone
Ain’t Misbehavin’
Alexander’s Ragtime Band
All of Me
All the Things You Are
Anything Goes
Autumn Leaves
…Baby One More Time
Bare Necessities, The
Basin Street Blues
Beale Street Blues
Beer Barrel Polka
Bill Bailey, Won’t You Please Come Home?
Black Bottom
Bourbon Street Parade
Boy Friend, The
Bring Me Sunshine
Bye Bye Blackbird
Cantina Band
Careless Love
Come Josephine in My Flying Machine
Darktown Strutters’ Ball, The
Doctor Jazz
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
Down By the Riverside
Everybody Loves My Baby
Five Foot Two
Fly Me to the Moon
Happy Birthday
Hard Hearted Hannah
He Done Me Wrong (The Death of Bill Bailey)
Hello, Dolly!
Hello Mabel
Hiding Under the Bubble Wrap with You
(Home in) Pasadena
I Ain’t Gonna Give Nobody None of My Jelly Roll
I Ain’t Got Nobody
I Can’t Believe that You’re in Love with Me
Ice Cream
I Don’t Want to Set the World on Fire
I Get the Blues
I Got Rhythm
I’ll Fly Away
I’ll See You in My Dreams
I’m Beginning to See the Light
I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles
Is You Is, or Is You Ain’t
It Don’t Mean a Thing
I Wan’na Be Like You
I Wonder Why Bill Bailey Don’t Come Home
Just a Closer Walk with Thee
Just a Gigolo
Lady is a Tramp, The
La Vie en Rose
Les Champs-Elysees
Little Lawrence
Mack the Knife
Mama Don’t Allow
Match of the Day
Midnight in Moscow
Midnight, the Stars and You
Mister Jelly Lord
Moon River
Mr. Sandman
Muppet Show, The
Muskrat Ramble
My Baby Just Cares for Me
My Brother Makes the Noises for the Talkies
My Heart Will Go On
My Sweetie Went Away
My Way
Oh By Jingo
Oignons, Les
On a Slow Boat to China
On the Sunny Side of the Street
Pennies from Heaven
Petite Fleur
September in the Rain
Sheik of Araby, The
Since Bill Bailey Came Back Home
Si Tu Vois Ma Mère
Someday My Prince Will Come
Some of These Days
St. James Infirmary Blues
St. Louis Blues
Stompin’ at the Savoy
Stranger on the Shore
St. Thomas
Sweet Georgia Brown
Sweet Sue, Just You
Take the ‘A’ Train
Tiger in a Lemon Tree Baking
Tiger Rag
Tonight You Belong To Me
Tubas in the Moonlight
Unchained Melody
Under the Sea
Up a Lazy River
Way You Look Tonight, The
Wedding March
When the Saints
When You’re Smiling
When You Wish Upon A Star
Where did Robinson Crusoe Go?
Yakety Sax
Yes Sir, That’s My Baby
Yes, We Have No Bananas
You Are My Sunshine
You Rascal, You
You’re Driving Me Crazy!
Your Feet’s Too Big
You’ve Got a Friend in Me

Michael's Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

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Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£160
Up to 1 hour£160
Up to 2 hours£160
Up to 3 hours£160
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Michael's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Cath S
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

Michael’s playing was flawless, he was very accommodating with our choice of music. All of the guests were really impressed

Rob H
1 year ago
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5 out of 5

So accommodating, helpful in booking and rhe performance was flawless. So fitting! Thank you

Charlie C
3 years ago
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5 out of 5


From other customers:

Matthew L
5 years ago

Michael did a first-class job playing for our show. He was punctual and professional, sight-reading his part not only accurately but also with commitment and wonderful musicality. It was a pleasure working with him, and I have no hesitation in recommending him unreservedly.

John D
5 years ago

Michael was asked at short notice to cover a 2 week run of Guys and Dolls at York Theatre Royal. Initially he was going to play 2nd alto but his ability across all the reeds gave me the flexibility to send him the tenor/clarinet pad. Michael’s playing was top drawer and he was 100% reliable, punctual and great to have around for the run. I’ll happily book him again and recommend him to others. Thanks Michael!

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