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Nathan Hassall

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A professional Jazz, Pop and Classical Saxophonist based in London. Professor of Saxophone at London College of Music.
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Croydon
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Nathan Hassall studied classical and jazz saxophone with Martin Robertson and Kyle Horch at the Royal College of Music, graduating in 2004 with a First Class BMus(Hons) degree and in 2005 with a distinction level Postgraduate Diploma in Performance. These days Nathan pursues an extremely busy freelance career based in London. He is a founder member of the Java Saxophone Quartet, musical director of the critically acclaimed Miles Davis Project Band, and leader of one of the busiest jazz bands on the London events and weddings scene. He regularly performs all over the UK and has been a featured soloist on pop records, advertising commercials and even appeared on film alongside James McAvoy. Nathan is currently Professor of Saxophone at London College of Music and a Visiting Lecturer at the Royal College of Music.

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Musicianship
Genres:
Classical, Jazz, Pop, Modern jazz, Blues
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Event types:
Corporate event, Wedding, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching
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Nathan's Song list

Jazz Standards (Great American Songbook)
All Of Me - Seymour Simons and Gerald Marks
All Of You - Cole Porter
All Or Nothing At All - Arthur Altman
All The Things You Are - Oscar Hammerstein and Jerome Kern
Almost Like Being In Love - Frederick Loewe
Anything Goes - Cole Porter
As Time Goes By - Herman Hupfeld
Autumn In New York - Vernon Duke
Autumn Leaves - Joseph Kosma and Johnny Mercer
Beautiful Love - Victor Young
Bewitched – Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
Blue Moon - Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
Body And Soul - John Green and Edward Heyman
But Beautiful - Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke
But Not For Me - George Gershwin
Bye Bye Blackbird - Mort Dixon and Ray Henderson
Chelsea Bridge - Billy Strayhorn
Darn That Dream - Jimmy Van Heusen and Eddie DeLange
Days Of Wine And Roses - Henry Mancini
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore - Duke Ellington
Do Nothing ‘Til You Hear From Me - Duke Ellington
East Of The Sun - Brooks Bowman
Embraceable You - George Gershwin
A Foggy Day - George Gershwin
Gone With The Wind - Allie Wrubel
Here’s That Rainy Day - Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke
Honeysuckle Rose - Thomas “Fats” Waller and Andy Razaf
If I Were A Bell - Frank Loesser
I Could Write A Book - Richard Rodger and Lorenz Hart
I Hear A Rhapsody - George Fragos
I Remember You - Johnny Mercer
I Should Care - Sammy Cahn and Axel Stordahl
I Thought About You – Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Mercer
I Wish I Knew - Harry Warren and Mack Gordon
I’ll Take Romance - Ben Oakland and Oscar Hammerstein
I’ll Remember April - Don Raye and Gene De Paul
Just Friends - Jerome Kern
Let’s Fall In Love - Harold Arlen
Like Someone In Love - Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke
Love For Sale - Cole Porter
Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?) – Jimmy Davis and Robert Ramirez
Lullaby Of Birdland - George Shearing
Misty - Erroll Garner and Johnny Burke
Moon River - Henry Mancini
Moonlight In Vermont - Karl Suessdorf
My Foolish Heart - Victor Young
My Funny Valentine – Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
Nature Boy - Eden Ahbez
A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square - Manning Sherwin and Eric Maschwitz
Polkadots And Moonbeams - Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke
Satin Doll - Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn
September In The Rain - Harry Warren and Al Dubin
Skylark - Hoagy Carmichael
Someday My Prince Will Come - Frank Churchill and Larry Morey
The Song Is You - Jerome Kern
Speak Low - Kurt Weil
Star Eyes - Don Raye and Gene De Paul
Summertime - George Gershwin
S’Wonderful - George Gershwin
Take The “A” Train - Billy Strayhorn
Tea For Two – Vincent Youmans and Irving Caesar
There Will Never Be Another You - Harry Warren
These Foolish Things - Jack Strachey and Harry Link
Time After Time - Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn
Weaver of Dreams - Victor Young
What’s New? - Bob Haggard
Yesterdays - Jerome Kern
You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To - Cole Porter
You’re My Everything - Mort Dixon and Joe Young
Latin Jazz
Corcovado (Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars) - Antonio Carlos Jobim
Desafinado - Antonio Carlos Jobim
Girl From Ipanema - Antonio Carlos Jobim
How Insensitive - Antonio Carlos Jobim
Meditation - Antonio Carlos Jobim
My Little Suede Shoes - Charlie Parker
O Amor En Paz (Once I Loved) - Antonio Carlos Jobim
Recorda-Me - Joe Henderson
So Danco Samba – Antonio Carlos Jobim
Song For My Father - Horace Silver
Summer Samba (So Nice) - Marcos Valle and Sergio Valle
St. Thomas - Sonny Rollins
Triste - Antonio Carlos Jobim
Wave - Antonio Carlos Jobim
“Rat Pack” Standards
Come Fly With Me - Jimmy Van Heusen
Come Rain Or Come Shine - Johnny Mercer
Fly Me To The Moon - Bart Howard
Have You Met Miss Jones - Rodgers and Hart
I Get A Kick Out Of You - Cole Porter
I Got You Under My Skin - Cole Porter
Night And Day - Cole Porter
Pennies From Heaven - Johnny Burke and Arthur Johnston
They Can’t Take That Away From Me - George Gershwin
The Lady Is a Tramp - Rodgers and Hart
The Way You Look Tonight - Jerome Kern
Witchcraft - Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh
Blues
Billie’s Bounce - Charlie Parker
Blues For Alice - Charlie Parker
Blue Monk - Thelonious Monk
Georgia - Hoagy Carmichael
Now’s The Time - Charlie Parker
Sandu - Clifford Brown
Stormy Weather - Harold Arlen
Straight, No Chaser - Thelonious Monk
Sugar - Stanley Turrentine
When Sunny Gets Blue - Jack Segal and Marvin Fisher
Contemporary Jazz & Bebop
A Night In Tunisia - Dizzy Gillespie
Afternoon In Paris - John Lewis
Anthropology - Charlie Parker
Four - Miles Davis
Groovin’ High - Dizzy Gillespie
I Mean you - Thelonious Monk
Oleo - Sonny Rollins
‘Round Midnight - Thelonius Monk
Scrapple From The Apple - Charlie Parker
Speak No Evil - Wayne Shorter
Take Five - Paul Desmond
Yardbird Suite - Charlie Parker
Jazz Funk & ”Blue Note” Groove Tunes
Cantaloupe Island - Herbie Hancock
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy - Josef Zawinul
Red Clay - Freddie Hubbard
Road Song - Wes Montgomery
Sunny - Bobby Hebb
The Jody Grind - Horace Silver
The Sidewinder - Lee Morgan
Watermelon Man - Herbie Hancock
Various Pop
Ain’t No Sunshine – Bill Withers
All of Me – John Legend
Halo - Beyonce
Ho Hey - The Lumineers
Isn't She Lovely - Stevie Wonder
Killing Me Softly With His Song – Roberta Flack
Lovely Day – Bill Withers
Make You Feel My Love – Adele
Moondance – Van Morrison
Saving All My Love For You - Whitney Houston
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

It depends upon the type of performance! If playing jazz either as a soloist or with my jazz band then I think they love my/our sophisticated sounds and cool vibe. If playing House/Dance music with a DJ then I think they love how I get stuck in on the dance floor with guests (see instagram videos!).

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

National Gallery, Westminster Abbey, Kensington Palace, Blenheim Palace, Cutty Sark, Tate Modern, Tate Britain, British Museum, V&A Museum, Dartmouth House, 4 Hamilton Place, Merchant Taylors' Hall, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace and many, many more!

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Jazz wise I love the sounds of 1950s New York - so Miles Davies, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Sonny Rollins, Sonny Stitt, Stan Getz etc. I could go on! In terms of my pop playing, then I just love playing tracks by the likes of Hed Kandi ("Summer of Sax" is excellent)!

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

I performed for the CNN coverage of the marriage of Wills & Kate. I'm performing in a (slightly rubbish) film with James McAvoy called "Penelope", and I performed at Sir Michael Caine's 80th Birthday Party at the Museum of London. Plus a few others where we've had to sign NDAs too!

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

I try to be as flexible as possible with timings and so if things need to change please do just let me know as soon as you can. If the amount of time that I'm on site extends there may be an additional fee for this.

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

I can provide background music through my speaker for during my breaks, but I don't provide a DJ service unfortunately.

How much time do you need to set up?

Generally speaking I like to allow 30 mins to set up prior to the start of the performance.

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

Please do!

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes! I provide all necessary equipment suitable for up to approx . 80 guests as standard, and then can provide a full PA system for larger events for an extra fee.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

If I can find a backing track for the piece, and it works well on the saxophone then I'm happy to include up to 3 tunes free of charge.

Nathan's Prices

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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£300
Up to 1 hour£375
Up to 2 hours£450
Up to 3 hours£450

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Nathan's Reviews

From Encore customers:

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Cristina C
4 years ago
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5 out of 5

Thank you so much for your professionality. Very much appreciated! Super suitable for our Hotel lounge and event!

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Rebecca H
6 years ago
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5 out of 5

Nathan was fantastic, i had so many comments on how great he was and the music was just perfect for our occasion. I would definitely recommend him and have him play again for our Christmas party.

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Baroness H
9 years ago

Thank you all so much for creating just the right atmosphere last Thursday. Many of my guests commented on how the music set the mood for the occasion. As you know, I was particularly keen to have a female vocalist, and Amy was quite beautiful in voice and person. I really appreciated your professional advice and approach to the whole thing."

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C. M
10 years ago

Thank you Nathan, it was lovely to see you again last night. Just to let you know your trio were brilliant, it was just the right mix of music and sound. I'm hoping they enjoyed themselves as much as we enjoyed them. Look forward to seeing you on Monday.

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