Saxophonist

Nick Smith

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Saxophonist
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Soul, Blues, Pop, Rock, Funk, Theatre, Jazz; all comfortable styles for me. Reader, improviser, happy to play by ear. Jolly chap, too...

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. Ten years on, he's no better off, but likes life more.

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
Musicianship
Genres:
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, Soul, Top 40, Tribute, Vintage, Motown, Funk, Ska
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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

Tunes 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
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
Customer questions

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.

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!

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!

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£235
Up to 2 hours£250
Up to 3 hours£330

Reviews

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Steven W, 4 months ago

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, 1 year ago

Great communication / great musician! Highly recommended!

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Campbell M, 2 years ago

Excellent 4-piece, with just the right sound to make our evening swing.

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Katy K, 1 year ago

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

Mandy, S, 2 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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