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About Nick

Soul, Blues, Pop, Rock, Funk, Theatre, Jazz; all comfortable styles for me. Reader, improviser, happy to play by ear. Jolly chap, too...
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Born to parents, Nick was a slow starter with music; a "child prodigy" was how no one described him. After leaving University and getting a real job, Nick remembered he used to play sax, and pausing only to earn a living for a few years and pay off the student loans, Nick threw off the shackles of stable income to become a freelance muso. Fifteen years on, he's no better off, but likes life more. Solo or band work equally welcome, willing to travel and happy to perform in any style, please get it touch.

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Musicianship
Genres:
Soul, Pop, Rock, Musical theatre, Film / TV music, House, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, Jazz, Blues, Cabaret, Dixieland, Latin jazz, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Ragtime, Swing, Easy listening, Covers, Top 40, Tribute, Vintage, Motown, Funk, Ska, Gypsy jazz, Marching, Christmas
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Event types:
Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party
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Other skills:
Arranger, Transcription, Fluent improviser, Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching
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Song list

** A typical setlist performed for your pleasure can include:
All Blues - Miles Davis
All of Me - John Legend
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
Can't Stop the Feeling - Trolls/Justin Timberlake
Careless Whisper - George Michael
Crazy Love - Michael Bublé
December '63 - The Four Seasons
Every Breath You Take - The Police
Fever - Michael Bublé
Fly Me to the Moon - Frank Sinatra
Got My Mind Set on You - George Harrison
How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You - Junior Walker/James Taylor
I Can See Clearly Now - Jimmy Cliff
I'm a Believer - Shrek/The Monkees
Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley
Just the Two of Us - Austin Powers/Bill Withers
Let's Face the Music and Dance - Robbie Williams
Let There Be Love - Nat King Cole
Moon River - Audrey Hepburn
Night and Day - Frank Sinatra
Perfect- Ed Sheeran
Rather Be - Clean Bandit/Jess Glynne
Sunny Afternoon - The Kinks
Signed, Sealed, Delivered... - Stevie Wonder
Up All Night - Take That
The Way You Make Me Feel - Michael Jackson
We Are Young - Fun
Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
** Jazz Standards include:
As Time Goes By - Herman Hupfeld (from Casablanca)
Take the A-Train - Billy Strayhorn
Bésame Mucho - Consuelo Velázquez
Canteloupe Island - Herbie Hancock
Chameleon - Herbie Hancock
Comin' Home Baby - Mel Tormé
Crazy Rhythm - Kahn/Ceasar/Mayer
Days of Wine and Roses - Henry Mancini
Del Sasser - Cannonball Adderley
Girl from Ipanema - Astrid Gilberto
Grazin' in the Grass - Hugh Masekela
(On) Green Dolphin Street - Bronisław Kaper
Honeysuckle Rose - Fats Waller
How High the Moon - Morgan Lewis
Jeannine - Cannonball Adderley
I Just Wanna Make Love to You - Willie Dixon
Joy Spring - Clifford Brown
Mambo Italiano - Bob Merrill
Mas Que Nada - Jorge Ben Jor
Mercy Mercy Mercy - Joe Zawinul
Mr Bojangles - Jerry Jeff Walker
Never Too Much - Luther Vandross
Route 66 - Nat 'King' Cole
Satin Doll - Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn
Summertime - George Gershwin
Stranger on the Shore - Acker Bilk
Unforgettable - Irving Gordon
When the Saints... - Traditional
Work Song - Nat Adderley
**Party songs include:
All Shook Up - Elvis Presley
Baby Come Back - Pato Banton
Baby I Love Your Way - Peter Frampton
Baggy Trousers - Madness
Baker Street - Gerry Rafferty
Blueberry Hill - Fats Domino
Brown Sugar - Rolling Stones
Can't Help Falling In Love - Elvis Presley
Can't Take My Eyes off You - Andy Williams
Dancing in the Street - Martha and the Vandellas
Forget You - Cee Lo Green
Get Ready - The Temptations
Great Balls of Fire - Jerry Lee Lewis
Golden Lady - Stevie Wonder
Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
Hit the Road Jack - Ray Charles
I Wanna Dance With Somebody - Whitney Houston
I Wish - Stevie Wonder
I'll Be There For You - Rembrandts
Johnny B Goode - Chuck Berry
La Bamba - Richie Valens
Living Doll - Cliff Richard
Lonely Together - Avicii/Rita Ora
Marry You - Bruno Mars
Never Give Up on a Good Thing - George Benson
Mr Brightside - Killers
You're My First, My Last, My Everything - Barry White
One Step Beyond - Madness
Play That Funky Music - Wild Cherry
The Prayer - Josh Groben/Celine Dion
Reet Petite - Jackie Wilson
Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash
Rock Around the Clock - Bill Haley
Save the Last Dance for Me - Michael Bublé
Somebody that I Used to Know - Gotye
Soul With a Capital S - Tower of Power
Streetlife - Crusaders
Stuck in the Middle With You - Stealers Wheel
Superstition - Stevie Wonder
Sway - Michael Bublé
Teddy Bear - Elvis Presley
Tequila - The Champs
The Thrill Is Gone - B B King
Uptown Funk - Bruno Mars
Valerie - Amy Winehouse
Walk On By - Dionne Warwick
We Are In Love - Harry Connick Jr
You Can Get it if You Really Want - Jimmy Cliff
** Frank Sinatra classics:
April in Paris
Have You Met Miss Jones
I've Got You Under My Skin
The Lady is a Tramp
Me and My Shadow
More
My Kinda Town
My Way
New York, New York
One For My Baby (and One More for the Road)
The Shadow of Your Smile
Something Stupid
The Way You Look Tonight
(I've Got the) World on a String
** Epic Ballads include:
Always on My Mind - Michael Bublé
Angels - Robbie Williams
Careless Whisper - George Michael
Cry Me a River - Michael Bublé
Everything - Michael Bublé
Home - Michael Bublé
Imagine - John Lennon
Love is All Around - Wet Wet Wet
Me and Mrs Jones - Michael Bublé
Our Day Will Come - Mort Garson
Shine - Take That
Skyfall - Adele
Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheehan
What a Difference a Day Makes - Dinah Washington
When You Say Nothing at All - Ronan Keating
Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
Writing's On the Wall - Sam Smith
** Disney classics include:
Can You Feel the Love Tonight
Beauty and the Beast
Circle of Life
Hakuna Matata
I Just Can't Wait to be King
A Whole New World
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Clients and their guests love my saxophone! It's actually a modern instrument, though it looks vintage. It's been well used!

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

As a solo artist I have performed at venues throughout the south such as 10 Castle Street in Cranbourne, and the Ageas Bowl (Hants Cricket Ground) in Southampton, while in my career with other bands I've performed at festivals and events all over Europe.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

I'm fairly eclectic, taking influence from musicians like Queen, Sidney Bechet, Ella Fitzgerald, Michael Jackson, Peggy Lee, George Ezra, Mr. Scruff, Amy Winehouse and Frank Sinatra.

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

As a band member I've performed gigs and tours all over the UK, Norway, Israel, France, Ireland, Greece, Germany, Czechia, Poland and probably most notably supporting Gary Moore in front of around 40,000 people at the Moto Clube Faro biker festival in Portugal. That was a fun one!

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

I always try my best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let me know.

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

Absolutely. This is a really popular request and I actually offer this service for free. I can accommodate any music player with a standard headphone socket, or play a shared Spotify playlist for you if that's easier. I also offer a virtual DJ service after my final set. Please ask for details.

How much time do you need to set up?

I usually take around 20 minutes to set up my equipment, plus a little time to check the volume levels. Packing away again takes around the same sort of time, and I do try to be as discreet as possible!

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

I'm very happy to take direction on this - I often get requests during my sets. Please get in touch if you'd like me to play any particular style.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, I'm fully self-contained. Everything is PAT checked and insured, too.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

If you'd like a specific song for your first dance or another reason, I'd be pleased to learn it for you; given enough notice that's not a problem!

Prices

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)£190
Up to 1 hour£250
Up to 2 hours£300
Up to 3 hours£330
Packages
Wedding ceremony
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
£190
Drinks reception
Two performances of up to 60 mins each during your drinks reception
£300
Party Rate
Three performances of up to 45 mins each during your event
£330
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

Add-ons

Skype Consultation and 3 New Songs Learned
+£30
DJ set
+£50
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Reviews

From Encore customers:

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Steven W
2 years ago
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4.5 out of 5

Nick was absolutely fantastic. Guest at our wedding reception raved about his saxophone playing and s lovely guy too. Would have no problems in booking him again. If you want a professional Sax player book this guy .

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Pete B
3 years ago
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5 out of 5

Great communication / great musician! Highly recommended!

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Katy K
3 years ago, for a Corporate event in 28 High St
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5 out of 5

Hi Nick, I wanted to say a huge thank you for playing last night. You created an amazing atmosphere and the guests loved it! I will definitely be recommending you :) Kind regards Katy

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Mandy, S
5 years ago

Nick recently played at our wedding during the ceremony and drinks reception. Nick spent lots of time emailing before the ceremony to ensure we were happy with song choices which was such a lovely touch. Nick was absolutely amazing on the big day, it sounded incredible. Lots of our guests also came up to us commenting on how brilliant he was as well. I would definitely, definitely recommend.

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