Tenor Saxophonist

Phil Haywood

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About Phil

Experienced Cheshire based sax player performing styles from Ibiza to Jazz
Tenor Saxophonist
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In 2003 at 16 I joined Youth Jazz & Big Bands as a saxophonist and ended up performing across the UK and Europe, then in 2005 was when I started working in the duo “Alternate Perceptions” performing as a saxophonist across England at restaurants, pubs and private functions. 2007 I moved to Manchester and found myself performing and doing studio work across the UK, with DJ's, Big Bands, Wedding bands and as a solo act. Since then I have been working regularly with MSH music agency, Genre music consultancy, and freelance as Rusty Keys. My vast experience performing to so many styles, and running my own projects mean that I can tailor the music to exactly what you want to get the party started while keeping you informed every step of the way to help you have a stress free event!

Phil's Reviews

From customers:

Claire P
5 years ago

Wow! What can I say! Rusty (Phil) was absolutely amazing. He arrived on time and was really professional and friendly. He managed to get everything set up secretly without my husband knowing as I wanted him to be a surprise! Rusty hand picked the set list from his huge repertoire for me, include our favourite songs and one that Rusty hadn't previously heard but he learned it for me and played it perfectly. I could not recommend Rusty more highly. Totally amazing, great musician and he really got our party started. I'll definitely use him again. Thanks so much Rusty!

​ P
6 years ago

We are both over the moon with Phil playing the sax at our party. He was so professional and organised on the run up to the event making it so easy for us. On the night Phil was outstanding the whole party loved him and brought an amazing atmosphere to the venue. We would definitely recommend Phil to any one and we will be using him again the in future.

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Phil's Song list

Just a Selection of tunes I have played in Function Bands and in Solo gigs - additional tunes can be added with the solo set upon request
Jazz & Latin
A Foggy Day In London Town - Frank Sinatra
A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square - Nat King Cole
Ain’t Misbehavin’ – Fats Waller
Alfies Theme - Sonny Rollins
All Blues - Miles Davis
All I Do Is Dream Of You - Dean Martin
All Of Me - Michael Buble / Tonny Bennett (STANDARD PARIS ARRANGEMENT)
All The Things You Are – Jerome Kern
Almost Like Being In Love - Frank Sinatra / Natalie Cole
At Last - Etta James
Autumn Leaves - Cannonbal Adderley
Beyond The Sea - Bobby Darin
Black Orpheus - Wayne Shorter
Blue Bossa - Dexter Gordon
Blue Monk - Thelonious Monk
Blue Moon - Billie Holiday
Blue Skies - Ella Fitzgerald
Blueberry Hill – fats domino
Body And Soul – Johnny Green
Brazil - Antonio Carlos Jobim
Buona Sera - Louis Prima
Bye Bye Blackbird – miles davis
Cantaloupe Island - Herbie Hancock
Caravan - Duke Ellington
Cheek To Cheek - Ella Fitzgerald & Lois Armstrong
Come Fly With Me - Frank Sinatra
Come Rain or Come Shine - Ella Fitgerald
Comin' Home Baby - Herbie Mann / Dave Bailey Quintet (MEL TOURNE)
Corcovado - Antonio Carlos Jobim
Cry Me A River - Ella Fitgerald
Desafinado – Jobim
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore – Duke Ellington / Ella Fitzgerald
Don't Know Why - Norah Jones
Dream A Little Dream Of Me - Ella Fitzgerald & Lois Armstrong
Feeling Good - Nina Simone
Fever- Peggy Lee
Fly Me To The Moon - Sinatra
Georgia – Hoagy Carmichael / Ray Charles
Get Me To The Church On Time - Frank Sinatra
Girl From Ipanema – Jobim / Stan Getz
God Bless The Child - Billie Holiday
Have You Met Miss Jones - Frank Sinatra
I Get a Kick Out Of You – Cole Porter / Ella Fitzgerald
I Only Have Eyes for You - Ella Fitzgerald
I Wish I Knew How (It Would Feel To Be Free) - Billy Taylor
I’ve Got Rhythm - Charlie Parker / George Gerswin / Ella Fitzgerald
I’ve Got The World On A String - Frank Sinatra
I’ve Got You Under My Skin - Frank Sinatra
In A Sentimental Mood- Duke Ellington
In The Mood - Glen Miller / The Andrews Sisters
It Don’t Mean A Thing (if it aint got that swing) - Ella Fitzgerald / Lois Armstrong
It Had To Be You – Isham Jones / Tony Bennet
It’s Only A Paper Moon - Ella Fitzgerald
James - Pat Metheny
Just A Gigilo - Lois Prima
L.O.V.E - Nat King Cole
La Vie En Rose - Lois Armstrong
Lady Is A Tramp – Rodger and Hart / Sammy Davis Jr / Frank Sinatra
Let It Flow - Grover Washington
Let There Be Love - Nat King Cole
Lets Face The Music And Dance - Nat King Cole
Linus And Lucy - Vince Guaraldi Trio
Loverman - Billie Holiday
Lullaby of Birdland - Ella Fitzgerald / Benny Golson
Mack The Knife - Frank Sinatra / Ella Fitzgerald
Make Someone Happy - Jimmy Durante
Makin Whoopee - Frank Sinatra
Mas Que Nada - Sergio Mendes
Masquarade - George Benson
Me And Mrs. Jones - Billie Paul
Meditation - Dexter Gordon
Mercy Mercy Mercy – Cannonball Adderley
Misty- Erroll Garner / Dexter Gordon
Moaning - Art Blakey
Moon River - Andy Williams / Audrey Hepburn
Moondance – Van Morrison
Morning Dance - Spyro Gyra
Mr Magic - Grover Washington Jnr
Mr Sandman - Chet Atikins
My Baby Just Cares For Me - Nina Simone
My Favourite Things - John Coltrane
My Funny Valentine – Rodger and Hart
New York, New York - Frank Sinatra
Nice And Easy
Night and Day
Night and Day – Cole Porter
Now’s The Time - Jaimie Cullum
Old Devil Moon
One For My Baby
Our Love is Here To Stay
Over The Rainbow
Oye Como Va- Tito Puente
Pennies From Heaven
Quiet Nights
Quizas Quizas Quizas (perhaps perhaps perhaps)
Rockin’ In Rhythm
Samba De Orfeu (sweet happy life)
Satin Doll
Sky Lark
Smile - Nat King Cole
So Nice (Summer Samba)
Someone To Watch Over Me - Frank Sinatra
Something Stupid
Somewhere Over The Rainbow – Arlen
Soul Bossa Nova - Quincy Jones (Austin Powers)
St Thomas - Sonny Rollins
Stanger’s in The Night - Frank Sinatra
Stormy Weather
Summer Samba
Summer Wind - Frank Sinatra
Summertime – Gershwin
Sunny Side Of The Street – Fields and McHugh
sway - dean martin
Sway (Quien Sera)
Sweet Georgia Brown
Take Five - Dave Brubeck
Take The 'A' Train - Ella Fitzgerald
That Old Black Magic
That Ole Devil Called Love – Alison Moyet
That’s All - Michael Buble
That’s Life
The First time Ever I Saw Your Face
The Girl From Ipanema- Antônio Carlos Jobim
The Jody Grind
The Lady is A Tramp - Frank Sinatra
The Look of Love  - Diana Krall
The Nearness of You - Norah Jones
The Pink Panther (Henry Mancini)
The Shadow of Your Smile
The Sidewinder - Lee Morgan
The Summer Wind
The Sunny Side of The Street
The Way You Look Tonight – Jerome Kern
There will Never Be Another You
These Foolish Things – Strachey & Link
They Can’t Take That Away From Me – Gershwin
This Masquerade – George Benson
Try a Little Tenderness
Unforgettable - Nat King Cole
Watermelon Man - Herbie Hancock
Wave - Antonio Carlos Jobim
What a difference a Day Made – Stanley Adams
What A Difference A Day Makes - Jaimie Cullum
What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
When I Fall In Love - Nat King Cole
When You Wish Upon A Star
Witchcraft - Frank Sinatra
Easy Listening
all night long - lionel ritchie
all of me - John Legend
angels - robbie williams
Baker St (Gerry Rafferty)
bell bottom blues - eric clapton
Can’t Help Falling In Love - haley reinhart / UB40
Careless Whisper (George Michael)
Change the world - Eric Clapton
come away with me - norah jones
Comin home baby - david sandborn
Daniel - Elton John
diamonds on the souls of her shoes - paul simon
don't know why - norah jones
Earth Song - Michael Jackson
Easy (Like Sunday Morning)
Every breath you take - Sting
Fields of Gold - Sting / Eva Cassidy
forever ini love - kenny G
Fresh - Kool and the Gang
graceland - paul simon
holding back the years - simply red
Home - Michael Buble
how deep is your love - beegees
how do I live without you - leanne rhymes
human nature - Michael Jackson
I got you babe - UB40 / sonny & Cher
I say a little prayer for you - aretha franklin
I will always love you - whitney houston
I wish I knew how it would feel to be free - lighthouse family
if I ain't got you - alicia keys
if you don't know me by now - simply red
I'll be there - jackson 5
just the 2 of us - Bill withers
just the way you are - billy joel
killing me softly - Roberta flack
Kingston town - lord creator / UB40
kissing you - Des'ree
let it be - beatles
let me love you - Mario
lets get it on - Marvin gaye
Let's Stay Together - Al Green
Like a star - Corrine Bailey Rae
Lilly Was Here - Dave Stewart/Candy Dulfer
lovin' you - minnie riperton
make you feel my love - adele
Man in the Mirror - Michael
Miss downtown sugargirl - chris standring
my cherie amour - stevie wonder
need you now - lady antebellum
never too much - luther vandross
new york state of mind - billy joel
no woman no cry - bob marley
Norwegian Wood - The Beatles
oh daddy - fleetwood mac
one hundred ways - james ingram
put your records on - corrine baily rae
rainy night in georgia - randy crawford
save the last dance - the drifters
Saved The Best Till Last - Vanessa Williams
Saving All My Love - Whitney Houston
She’s Always A Woman To Me - (Billy Joel)
smooth operator - sade
so sick - Ne-Yo
something about the way you look tonight
Songbird - fleetwood man
sorry seems to be the hardest word - elton john
Souful Strut (Grover Washington Jr)
spooky - dusty springfield
stand by me - ben e king
Stevie Wonder - Isn't She Lovely
stuck on you - lionel ritchie
summer breeze - the isley brothers
Sunday Morning – Maroon 5
sunny - bobbie herb
Sunrise - Norah Jones
sway - dean martin
Take Another Piece Of My Heart – A. Franklin
tears in heaven - eric clapton
That’s The Way Love Goes - (Janet Jackson)
The “In” Crowd – (gregory porter)
The Look Of Love (DustySpringfield)
The Police And Sting - Every Breath You Take
the way you make me feel - Michael Jackson
There's Nothing Like This - Omar
Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
This Masquarade – George Benson
Put your records on - corrine bailey rae
three little birds - Bob Marley
Time After Time (Cindy Lauper)
To Make You Feel My Love - Adele
Trouble – Ray Lamontagne
Truely, Madley, Deeply - Savage Garden
Waiting In Vain - Bob Marley
Walk on By - Dionne Warwick
Want You Back - Take That
What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong)
What the World Needs Now Is Love – (Dionne Warwick)
What's Going On - Marvin Gaye
when a man loves a woman - percy sledge
When You Say Nothing – Ronan Keating
Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You
Whitney Houston - The Greatest Love Of All
windmills of your mind - dusty springfield
Wishing On A Star - (Rose Royce) / Paul WELLER
Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
When your in love with a beautiful woman - Dr Hook
wonderful world - Sam Cooke
You Do Something To Me - Paul Weller
You Got A Friend in Me - (Randy Newman)
You’re Beautiful – James Blunt
Your latest trick - Dire Straits
Your Love is King - Sade
Your Precious Love (Marvin Gaye)
Your Song - (Elton John)
Up Tempo Party Set
1999 - prince
A B C - jackson 5
Ain't No Stopping Us Now - McFadden & Whitehead
All Night Long - Lionel Richie
All Shook Up - Elvis
Amarillo - Tony Christie
As Long As You Love Me - Backstreet Boys
Baker Street - Gerry Rafferty
Brown-Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
Build Me up Buttercup - The Foundations
Can’t Get By Without You - The Real Thing
Can’t Hurry Love - Supremes/ Phil Collins
Can’t Take My Eyes off You - Franki Valli
car wash - rose royce
Celebration - Kool & The Gang
Dance The Night Away – Mavericks
Dance With Me Tonight - Olly Murs
December 1963 - Frankie Valli
Finally - CC Peniston
Forget You - Cee Lo Green
Fresh - Kool & The Gang
Get Down On It - Kool and the Gang
Get Lucky - Daft Punk
Give Me The Night – George Benson
good times - Chic
Happy - Pharrell Williams
Haven’t Met You Yet - Michael Buble
Higher & Higher - Jackie Wilson
Hot Hot Hot - Arrow
How Sweet It Is - Marvin Gaye
I Feel Good - James Brown
I Heard it Throught the Grapevine - M. Gaye
I Saw Her Standing There - The Beatles
I want you back - jackson 5
I’m a Believer - The Monkees
In The Midnight Hour
it takes two - Marvin gaye & kim weston
It's A Man's Man's Man's World - James Brown
It's Not Unusual - Tom Jones
Jubel - klingande
Jungle Boogie - Kool and the Gang
just the 2 of us - Bill withers
kiss - prince
Knock On Wood - Edie Floyd
Ladies Night - Kool and the Gang
Let’s Stick Together – Brian Ferry
Love x Love - George Benson
Lovely Day - Bill Withers
Million Dollar Bill - Whiney Houston
Music To Watch The Girls Go By - Andy Williams
Mustang Sally - The Committments
Never Too Much – Luther Vandross
no air - chris brown
norwegian wood - the beatles
Our Day Will Come - Amy Winehouse
P.Y.T - Michael Jackson
Pick Up The Pieces - Average White Band
Play That Funky Music - Wild Cherry
rehab - Amy Winehouse
Rock with you - Michael Jackson
rule the world - take that
Save The Last Dance - The drifters
September - Earth Wind and Fire
shake your body to the ground - michael jackson
Signed Sealed Delivered - Stevie Wonder
Smooth - santana
street life - randy crawford
Stuck In The Middle With You – stealers wheel
summer breeze - the isley brothers
Sunday Morning – Maroon 5
super freak - rick james
Superstition - Stevie Wonder
Suspicious Minds – Elvis
Sway - Michael Buble
Sweet Home Chicago – Blues Bros
Sweetest Feeling - Jackie Wilson
Take Me To the River - Al Green
Tears of a Clown – Smokey Robinson
Temptations - Get Ready
That’s The Way I Like it - KC & The Sunshine Band
The Police - Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
The Police And Sting - Every Breath You Take
The Way You Make Me Feel (Michael Jackson)
this love - Maroon 5
Ticket to Ride (The Beatles)
Tina Turner - Simply The Best
Treasure – Bruno mars
Twist & Shout/La Bamba - The Beatles
Upside Down (Diana Ross)
Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars
Valerie - Amy Winehouse
We are family - sister sledge
What's Going On - Marvin Gaye
Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance With Somebody
Whitney Houston - The Greatest Love Of All
Wind Beneath My Wings. - Bette Middler
Wishing On A Star - (Rose Royce) Paul Wheller
Wonderwall - (Oasis)
You Can Leave Your Hat on - Tom Jones
You Can’t Hurry Love - Diana Ross And The Supremes
You Do Something To Me - Paul Weller
You To Me Are Everything - The Real Thing
Young Hearts Run Free - Candi Staton
Your Precious Love (Marvin Gaye)

Phil's 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)£125
Up to 1 hour£225
Up to 2 hours£320
Up to 3 hours£375
Customer questions

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

I always try to be as flexible as possible with timings, but please let me know soon as possible of any changes so we can adjust accordingly.

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

Absolutely. Please let me know in advance and background music can be arranged before and in-between the sets.

How much time do you need to set up?

With a PA set up I will need about 1 hour before the performance time. If I am set up using a small set up (amp and unamplified sax) then I can do this 20 mins before the performance time.

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

My set lists are crafted from countless performances and years of experience to ensure guests have an amazing time. When drafting a set list I will put together a provisional list and send it across to you so we can go through the music choices along with any changes you would like!

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, everything!

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

Yes Absolutley! If a song isn't in my usual catalogue then please let me know and I will try to source the track for you.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Not only do I organise the music for you keeping you updated to provide a stress free event, I can also roam about on location and create a great vibe that gets the party started!

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

The Symposium - Wilmslow The Florist - Liverpool The Ivy - Manchester Tattu - Manchester Red Door - Liverpool The Coachman - Northwich Matt & Phreds - Manchester Alexander's Live - Chester

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Grover Washington Jr, Lenny Pickett, Sonny Rollins, Snake Davis Maceo Parker and many more....

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

Sat in the first Alto and Tenor seats, I have been on tour around Europe in the Cheshire Youth Music for Life Big Band.
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