Nicholas James

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International Saxophonist as heard live on BBC2 and BBC Radio 3, specializing in pop, jazz and improvising.

Nicholas is a saxophonist, clarinetist, improviser, composer and blogger. Nicholas graduated from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire with a 1st Class Honours Degree in 2017. Through an array of line-ups, Nicholas regularly plays at many venues across the city including Symphony Hall, Town Hall, CBSO Centre and Ana Rocha Bar & Gallery as well as having been heard at Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Trondheim Jazz Festival, Southport Jazz Festival, at Oxford University, Live on BBC2 and BBCR3.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Jazz, Pop, Christmas, House, Electronic, Ambient, Deep house, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, Blues, Cabaret, Dixieland, Modern jazz, Latin jazz, Jazz fusion, Gypsy jazz, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Ragtime, Swing, Acoustic, Ambient pop, Covers, R&B, Hip Hop, Soul, Top 40, Tribute, World music, Bollywood, Asian music, Bossa nova, Brazilian music, Cuban music, Indian music, Latin, Spanish music, Salsa
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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, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Composer, Songwriter, Producer, Orchestrator, Transcription, Ableton Live, Fluent sight-reader, Fluent improviser, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Composition teaching, Music therapy, Community music worker, Musicologist
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Song list

Passionfruit - Drake
Perfect - Ed Sheeran
Despacito - Justin Bieber
Attention - Charlie Puth
Thousand Years - Christina Perry
Happier - Bastille
These Days - Jess Glynn
Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
All of Me - John Legend
Bailando - Enrique Englesias
Ibiza - Various
7 Years - Lukas Graham
Human Nature - Michael Jackson
The A Team - Ed Sheeran
All of Me
Fly Me To The Moon
In A Sentimental Mood
Embraceable You
I'll Be Seeing You
Blue Moon
The Girl From Ipanema
But Beautiful
St. Thomas
The Nearness of You
Bye Bye Blackbird
There Is No Greater Love


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)£150
Up to 1 hour£250
Up to 2 hours£350
Up to 3 hours£450
Available services
DJ set


Booked 23 times through Encore!

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Kirsty J, 24 days ago

Very impressed with Nicholas on the saxophone. All the guests enjoyed and played a variety of music x

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Jennie W, 1 month ago

Nicholas was absolutely fantastic and blew us all away on our wedding day! Thank you so so much for making it so special!

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Katie M, 3 months ago

Nick was an absolute gem from the moment he started corresponding with us. He very kindly agreed to fly all the way to France to help us celebrate our wedding and even learnt a new song for the occasion. Nick turned up exactly when he said he would, and was invaluable from the moment he arrived - he helped set up tables, carry heavy items and more. He got on with everyone so well and was an absolute pleasure for the three days he was with us. Nick's musical talents helped us to create the atmosphere and ambience we were looking for at our wedding and nothing was too much for him. He played at important points throughout the day and all of our guests commented at how impressed they were with him. He played great background music, and then helped us get the party started in the evening by playing along with our chosen playlist. Nick, thank you from the bottoms of our hearts - you're an absolute star and we would not hesitate for one moment to recommend you.

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Stephanie G, 6 months ago

Nicholas was so good at our wedding! Everyone was so impressed! Definitely recommend

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Charlotte C, 6 months ago

Thank you so much for playing at our wedding yesterday, there was lots of amazing feedback from our guests. A great verity of songs played, we were so pleased with how it all went even a week on from our wedding our guests are still texting saying how good you were. Thank you again

Client, 1 year ago

Everyone couldn't stop going on about how brilliant Nicholas was!

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