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London based award winning multi instrumentalist saxophonist/woodwind specialist, curator and bandleader of Groucho Club Soho jazz events.
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London based award winning multi instrumentalist with diverse credits across the London and international music business, Plays all saxes, flutes and clarinets professionally. "Best Musician" Edinburgh International Jazz Festival. Numerous International tours throughout Norway, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, Austria, Monaco, Croatia, Belgium, Kosovo, Germany, France, Ireland, Portugal, New Zealand, Greece, Russia, Japan, Malaysia, North America and Taiwan with extended engagements in Monte Carlo, Berlin,Tokyo with a variety of artists including: * Frank Sinatra * The Brand New Heavies * Eliza Doolittle * Brian May * Shirley Bassey * Amber Riley * The Proclaimers * Mica Paris * The Temptations * Mel C * Alfie Boe * Frances Ruffelle * Hackney Colliery Band * David Hasslehoff * Michele Dockery * Sadie Frost * Rose Royce * Pamela Anderson * Urban Soul Orchestra * Marti Pellow * Sheridan Smith * Paul O’Grady * Bryn Terfel * Elaine Paige * Midge Ure * Ruby Wax * Paolo Conti * Paul Young * Ute Lemper * Gareth Gates * Bonnie Langford * Madeline Bell * Leo Sayer * Jayne McDonald * Lorna Luft * Charles Hazelwood - in addition to appearing with various support acts opening for * James Brown * Annie Lennox * Diana Ross * Beverley Knight * Blake * Marsha Ambrosius * Matt Cardle * The Average White Band * The Stranglers * Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers * Ronnie Scott * Joe Cocker Numerous TV appearances and recording sessions worldwide including the weird and wonderful: “Car Wash” on Blue Peter with Rose Royce vocalist Gwen Dickie , performing contemporary classical music with Charles Hazelwood at the ICA London, miming on German TV with an oompah band , pop videos , Radio 2 broadcasts, numerous sessions including punk legends GBH and their dog(!), BBC1 , BBC 2, BBC3 ,ITV1, Channel 4, Russian, Japanese, Taiwanese, German and Norwegian TV appearances. To date Nick Smith has performed in 16 West End shows including Michael Grandage’s Olivier award winning “Grand Hotel” .

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
Encore awards
3rd Encoreversary
Jazz, Classical, Pop, Musical theatre, IDM, Electronic, Ambient, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Blues, Cabaret, Dixieland, Gypsy jazz, Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Modern jazz, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Ragtime, Swing, Barbershop, Gospel, Light music, Experimental, Easy listening, Originals, Acoustic, Covers, Soul, Top 40, Motown, Tribute, Vintage, R&B, Funk rock, Ambient pop, Rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Classic rock, Film / TV music, Opera, Baroque, Contemporary classical, Classical crossover, Folk, Folk rock, Americana, Disco, Funk, Hip Hop, Karaoke, World music, Bossa nova, Christmas, Renaissance, Alternative rock, Britpop, Latin, Ska
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Event types:
Private event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Orchestrator, Producer, Transcription, Audio engineer, Composer, Songwriter, Lyricist, Fluent improviser, Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Composition teaching, Examiner
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Song list

Top 40 songs by arrangement - too many to list! jazz standards and example repertoire as below:
Alfie’s Theme
Ain't Misbehavin
All of Me
All The Things You Are
April in Paris
Autumn Leaves
Au Privave
Begin the Beguine
Besame Mucho
Blues for Alice
Blue Bossa
Blue Monk
Body and Soul
Bye Bye Blackbird
The Chicken
Come Rain or Come Shine
Cry Me A River
Days of Wine and Rose
Don’t Get Around Anymore
Embracable You
Honeysuckle Rose
Good Bait
I Got it Bad
In Sentimental Mood
It Don't Mean a Thing
(If It Ain't Got That Swing)
Joy Spring
Lil Darlin
Lush Life
My Little Suede Shoes
My Romance
No Moe
Night and Day
Round Midnight
Some Day My Prince Will Come
Stella by Starlight
St Thomas
Take the "A" Train
There is No Greater Love
What Is This Thing Called Love
Watermelon Man
Work Song
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Impeccable musicianship and professionalism. Great players, people and respectful courteous and understanding professionals with a huge amount of experience in all areas of the music industry.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Albert Hall Groucho Club Soho ( curator and bandleader of all Groucho Jazz events) Monaco Sporting Club ( with Frank Sinatra) Dominion Theatre ( supporting the Proclaimers) Tokyo Grand Hall Berlin Ostpalast New York Green Room New York 42 Below Los Angeles Royce Hall ( with Tim Lefevre from David Bowie's Blackstar band) Hammersmith Apollo ( many occasions)

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Frank Sinatra Brand New Heavies Aretha Franklin Bob Berg Michael Brecker Chris Potter David Sanborn John Coltrane Miles David

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

Frank Sinatra, Croix Rouge Ball VIP invited guests Monaco Sporting Club with Monaco Philharmonic Orchestra, Frank Sinatra's band conducted by Frank Sinatra Jnr.

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

I can accomodate changes to playing duration, location within the venue up to the day of the event. For postponements or cancellations a minimum 48 hours notice is required in line with current Musicians Union guidelines. I will always try my utmost to accommodate clients wishes and am very flexible and understanding!

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

Absolutely. This is a really popular request and we actually offer this service for free. If you'd like a DJ service via our PA after the final set until the venue closes, we provide this for an additional £100.”

How much time do you need to set up?

Solo sax: 20-30 minutes maximum

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

Absolutely ! I work very closely with clients to ensure they have all the music they wish wherever possible. Bespoke set lists are included in the fee.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?


Can you learn song requests before the event?

Of course - please give notice for this to allow sourcing the material and/or creating a backing track and allow a incremental fee of £40.


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£200
Up to 2 hours£250
Up to 3 hours£250


Skype Consultation and 3 New Songs Learned


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Terry W, 1 year ago

Hi Katanya. Just wanted to thank you for a fantastic evening, the feedback I got on the night was nothing but praise and I'm sure more will follow in the coming days. I will have absolutely no hesitation in booking you again for future events. Thanks again Katanya.

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Abbie M, 1 year ago

Hi Katanya, I just wanted to personally thank you again for an amazing performance at our wedding, Dan and I thought you were brilliant and we have had so many lovely comments from family and friends about how much they enjoyed the music. Thanks, Abbie

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