Saxophonist

Sam Craig

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Saxophonist
Birmingham
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Top jazz saxophonist available for weddings, corporate events and private functions across the UK and beyond.

Sam Craig (Silversax) is one a leading UK-saxophonist. Having graduated from the prestigious jazz programme at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire of Music, Sam’s eclectic range of influences have seen him become widely recognised across a whole range of musical genres, playing for clubs, theatres, West End shows, major festivals, studio sessions and radio broadcasts. Having taken to the stage alongside the likes of Bastille, Jamie Cullum, Tony Christie, X-factor winner Sam Bailey and Britain’s Got Talent finalist Julian Smith, amongst countless other leading artists, Sam’s vast experience allows him to play with effortless power and groove and has has a gift for playing the audience as well as the music. Available as a soloist or with his established jazz quartet, Sam can provide the perfect soundtrack for any event as either background entertainment or as a headline attraction.

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:
Christmas, Electronic, Drum 'n' Bass, House, Electro-Swing, Deep house, Ibiza club, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1960s era music, 1920s era music, Jazz, Blues, Cabaret, Dixieland, Gypsy jazz, Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Modern jazz, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Ragtime, Swing, Barbershop, Gospel, Light music, Easy listening, Pop, Covers, Funk, Funk rock, Soul, R&B, Motown, Vintage, Rock, Pop rock, Progressive rock
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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, Transcription, Fluent improviser, Fluent sight-reader, Live looping, Perfect pitch, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Singing teaching, Composition teaching, Music therapy
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Song list

Pop Tunes: (Selected Repertoire - Requests Welcome)
Love me like you do - Ellie Goulding
All of me - John Legend
Thousand years - Cristina Perry
New Rules - Due Lipa
I can't make you love me - Bon iver
Impossible - James Arthur
Say You Won’t Let Go - James Arthur
Love Yourself - Justin Bieber
Shape of You - Ed Sheeran
Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
I know I'm not the only one - sam smith
If I Ain’t Got You - Alicia Keys.
Hello - Adele
Someone Like You - Adele
Hold my hand - Jess Glynne
24K Magic - Bruno Mars
Treasure - Bruno Mars
Man In The Mirror - Michael Jackson
Rock With You - Michael Jackson
Isn’t She Lovely - Stevie Wonder
You and I - Stevie Wonder
Ain’t Nobody - Chaka Khan
Happy - Pharell Williams
Lady Marmalade - Patti Labelle
Put Your Records On - Corrine Bailey Rae
Crazy - Gnarles Barkley
Jazz Repertoire: (Selected Repertoire - Most songbook standards)
All of me
Lady is a tramp
Fly Me To The Moon
At Last
Summertime
Almost Like Being In Love
Georgia
Cheek To Cheek
Fascinating Rhythm
Sway
Just the way you look tonight
Misty
Have You Met Miss Jones
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Route 66
I Get A Kick Out Of You
I've Got The World On A String
It Ain't Necessarily So
L-O-V-E
That Old Black Magic
What A Difference A Day Made
You Make Me Feel So Young
Customer questions

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

Not a problem. Just get in touch as soon as possible and I will always endeavour to be flexible and fit in with your plans where possible.

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. If you'd like a DJ service via the PA after the final set until the venue closes, I can provide this for a small additional fee.

How much time do you need to set up?

On my own, with no P.A. set up, as little as 5 minutes! As a jazz quartet, we usually set up about 1 to 1.5 hours before the performance time. As soon as the PA is in place, we can provide a free playlist service to help set the atmosphere and get your guests ready for our live performance!

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

All of the set lists are crafted from countless performances and learning what works best to ensure guests dance and have an amazing time. However, I'm always happy to chat through and make sure that we find what will work best for your event.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, absolutely! I bring my own instrument to play acoustically. We can discuss P.A. requirements specifically for your event. I am able to provide a small P.A. set up free of charge.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

With the jazz library being so extensive, it wouldn't be possible to list all of my repertoire on the sample list so you may find there's a good chance that I, or my quartet, will already know it. My quartet and I do have a lot of experience in crafting set lists but if there is something specific that means something special to you then please let me know.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Audience interaction, genuine enthusiasm, extensive repertoire knowledge and a huge, unique saxophone sound!

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Birmingham Symphony Hall, London Arts Club, NIA, NEC, The Jamhouse, Royal Albert Hall and many more.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Michael Brecker, Sonny Rollins, Art Pepper, Grover Washington, Kenny Garrett,

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

BBC Sinatra Centenary Concert, live on BBC Radio 2.

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£250
Up to 2 hours£350
Up to 3 hours£400
Packages
Jazz Quartet
Instead of playing to backing tracks, Sam also leads a Jazz quartet who are available. The listed price is a guide price for 2 x 50 minute sets.
£1250

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Charley M, 5 days ago

Fantastic really set the mood for our wedding drinks reception and played well throughout our wedding breakfast. Very professional. Thank you!!

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Sue M, 14 days ago

Fantastic! Can’t praise and thank Sam enough for his amazing sets which really brought the party to life. All ages at party loved him, dancing and singing along. Very professional and knew just what we wanted. Have no hesitation in recommending Sam and would certainly book him again. Thanks Sam - you are amazing!

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Ross B, 17 days ago

Nothing but positive feedback for Sam, he was lovely and our client very much enjoyed the great music and performance he provided. Would be really happy to work with him again and would recommend to anyone.

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Anupam K, 1 month ago

Excellent service from Sam, was willing to go above and beyond what was required of him. Was very professional and listened to all our requests and gig briefings! Would definitely recommend :)

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Judith W, 1 month ago

I got in touch with StraightFIRE after a recommendation from a long-standing friend but didn't really know what we wanted to do in terms of entertainment for a large family gathering. Sam was so helpful on the phone, listened to all of my thoughts and put together the most perfect performance. They played all of my favorite Motown songs and also some new music that the children enjoyed - everyone thought they were amazing and danced the night away. Thank you so much - I will definitely be in touch again for any future family events.

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Ben G, 2 months ago

StraightFIRE made our wedding a night to never forget! They learned our first dance request and played all of our requests - even the Ska tunes. They were great at working with the DJ to make sure songs weren’t duplicated and coordinated brilliantly with the venue to make sure the evening went as smoothly as possible. Thank you so much.

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