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Saxophonist playing jazz standards and Great American Songbook classics, and/or pop through the decades.
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Saxophonist (Baritone, Tenor, C-melody, Alto, Soprano, and Sopranino), composer, songwriter, recording artist, band leader, and producer. I've been gigging my bands around the midlands since 2012 and now also perform solo (with backing tracks). I have all my own gear including PA, radio mics, stage lights if required, and mini performance "tent-gazebo" (lawn based) if needed. I can play without electrical power supply using fully battery powered gear when needed and have £10,000,000 of public liability insurance cover. I commonly perform jazz standards and Great American Songbook classics or original music (in a similar vein) or a mix thereof, or at Christmas I play a mix of jazzy Christmas classics (optionally in full Santa Suit!) I play the lighter end of jazz rather than the deep and heavy stuff! Think melodic, easily accessible, singalong, dance-along, enjoyable to jazz lovers and non-jazz lovers alike. Somewhere between trad and modern. I've had over 20 original tracks played on local BBC Introducing radio stations and been BBC Hereford & Worcester artist of the week, as well as having been invited in for a BBC live recording and videoing session. I'm available 24/7 for all types of gigs around the midlands, and will always also consider gigs further afield. I love to play! I pride myself on being utterly reliably and professional, and extremely flexible to ensure every gig goes smoothly and provides complete satisfaction. I've played weddings, anniversaries, parties, corporate events, food festivals, music festivals, cafes, jazz clubs, garden centres, care homes, fayres and fetes, and pubs and clubs. I've played on a bandstand, a rooftop, a beach, a steam train, in a volcano, and outside a hairdressers, and of course on many many stages, and I'd love to play for you!

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Shadow Sax's Reviews

From Encore customers:

Anna L
5 days ago
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5 out of 5

Just brilliant. Our guests thoroughly enjoyed the performance and Shadow Sax was SO easily to work with. Definitely Recommend.

Reply from Shadow Sax
5 days ago

Thank you very much Anna, it was a joy to perform at your event, and especially for such a worthy cause. Massive congratulations on your super fund raising.

Sarah T
8 months ago
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5 out of 5

Absolutely Amazing **** Thomas played for my Dads 70th Birthday Garden Gathering on Sunday he was absolutely brilliant we had so many compliments from our guests he was professional & so helpful from start to finish he has an awesome playlist and had even learned a few extra of my Dads favourite songs I had requested beforehand can’t wait to organise another event will definitely be booking him again !!! Thanks again Sarah & Family xx

Reply from Shadow Sax
8 months ago

Thank you so much Sarah. I'm overwhelmed by your lovely review. It was such a pleasure to perform you and such a lovely crowd of your friends and family. I had an absolutely delightful afternoon. Thank you do much for booking me.

Sheryl H
8 months ago
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5 out of 5

A-MAZING! Thomas was the perfect person for our booking. We had SO many compliments about him playing…and the videos look insane! Sadly we were pulled in every direction so didn’t get to experience but can’t WAIT for our videography back. Thomas was very flexible as I needed to move things round. Nothing was too much trouble for him. It was due to be bad weather so he was set up but when the weather picked up and the sun came out he literally picked everything up and moved out for us without me even having to ask! Perfect perfect 😍

Reply from Shadow Sax
8 months ago

Thank you so much Sheryl, for booking me, for your kind words, and for being such gracious hosts. What a beautiful day it turned in to, and I thoroughly enjoyed the delightful experience. My very best wishes to you and your groom for a wonderful future together.

Jan D
9 months ago
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5 out of 5

Thomas was the perfect addition to our Wedding. The feedback from our guests was so positive, they loved listening to his sounds on arrival. We would definitely recommend him! Thank you Thomas. Jan & Will

Reply from Shadow Sax
9 months ago

Thank you so much Jan and Will, both for trusting me with your special day, and for your kind words. I absolutely loved performing for your gorgeous wedding, and you looked after me brilliantly!

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From other customers:

Graham H
2 years ago, for a Private event in Bromsgrove
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5 out of 5

Exactly what we wanted. The ballads were lovely background music while we ate, and then Thomas stepped the tempo up after dinner for a bit of a boogie. Brilliant.

Ron M
2 years ago, for a Birthday party in Cirencester GL7
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5 out of 5

Thomas, My dad asked me to pass on his thanks for your music and for the bonus CD you so kindly gave him. Your music was just perfect for an 80th birthday party and brought back so many memories for him. Thanks so much! We’d love to have you back next year.

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Shadow Sax's Song list

JAZZ STANDARDS (in alphabetic order)
A Foggy Day
Ain’t Misbehavin'
All Blues
All Of Me
Almost Like Being In Love
As Time Goes By
Autumn Leaves
Begin The Beguine
Bewitched (Bothered & Bewildered)
Black Orpheus
Blue Bossa
Blue Monk
Blue Moon
Chatanooga Choo Choo
Cheek To Cheek
Fly Me To The Moon
Have You Met Miss Jones
Honeysuckle Rose
I Got Rhythm
I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free
In A Sentimental Mood
It Could Happen To You
It Don't Mean A Thing
It's Only A Paper Moon
Just Friends
Meet The Flintstones Theme
Moonlight in Vermont
Moonlight Serenade
Moon River
My Funny Valentine
My One And Only Love
Night & Day
On Green Dolphin Street
On The Sunny Side Of The Street
Pink Panther
Polkadots & Moonbeams
Quizas, Quizas, Quizas (Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps)
Softly As In A Morning Sunrise
Song For My Father
Stranger On The Shore
Swingin’ Shepherd Blues
Sweet Georgia Brown
Take The A Train
The Days Of Wine And Roses
The Girl From Ipanema
The Lady Is A Tramp
The Nearness Of You
Watermelon Man
What A Difference a Day Makes
What A Wonderful World
When Sunny Gets Blue
When You're Smiling
You Are My Sunshine
You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
Theme From Romeo And Juliet "A Time For Us" (H. Mancini - also famous as Simon Bate's "Our Tune" theme music)
Love Theme from The Godfather (Nino Rota)
In A Moment's Madness
Can't Stop
Buskin' Blues
All Of Me (John Legend)
Alone Again (Gilbert O'Sullivan)
And I Love Her (Beatles)
A Thousand Years (Christina Perri)
Baker Street (Gerry Rafferty)
Can You Feel The Love Tonight (Elton John)
Candle In The Wind (Elton John)
Careless Whisper (George Michael)
Close To You (Carpenters - Burt Bacharach)
Dancing Queen (ABBA)
Endless Love (Lionel Richie)
Englishman In New York (Sting)
Flowers (Miley Cyrus)
Happy Birthday (Stevie Wonder)
Havana (Camila Cabello)
Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen / Jeff Buckley)
Hey Jude (The Beatles)
Hello (Lionel Richie)
Imagine (John Lennon)
I Say A Little Prayer For You (Aretha Franklin - Burt Bacharach)
Isn't She Lovely (Stevie wonder)
It's Not Unusual (George Benson)
It's Now Or Never (Elvis Presley)
Just The Two Of Us (Bill Withers / Grover Washington Jr)
Just You And I (Tom Walker)
La Bamba (Ritchie Valens)
Let's Stay Together (Al Green)
Make You Feel My Love (Adele/Bob Dylan)
My Girl (The Temptations)
My Way (Frank Sinatra)
Nothings Gonna Change My Love For You (George Benson)
Overjoyed (Stevie Wonder)
Perfect (Ed Sheerhan)
Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head (B J Thomas - Burt Bacharach)
Rolling In The Deep (Adele)
Señorita (Camila Cabello, Shawn Mendes)
She (Elvis Costello / Charles Aznavour)
Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay (Otis Reading)
Smooth Operator (Sade)
Sunny (Bobby Hebb / Boney M - jazz version)
Tale As Old As Time (theme from Beauty And The Beast)
The Look Of Love (Dusty Springfield / Diana Krall - Burt Bacharach)
The Sound Of Silence (Simon and Garfunkel / Disturbed)
Thinking Out Loud (Ed Sheerhan)
This Guy's In Love With You (Herb Alpert - Burt Bacharach)
Three Times A Lady (Commodores/Lionel Richie)
Up On The Roof (The Drifters)
Watermelon Sugar (Harry Styles)
What The World Needs Now Is Love Sweet Love (Dionne Warwick - Burt Bacharach)
When A Man Loves A Woman (Percy Sledge)
Wonderful Tonight (Eric Clapton)
Wonderwall (Oasis)
Yesterday (Beatles)
You Are So Beautiful (Joe Cocker)
You Are The Sunshine Of My Life (Stevie Wonder)
You Know I'm No Good (Amy Winehouse)
Your Teddy Bear (Elvis Presley)
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Winter Wonderland
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Here Comes Santa Claus
White Christmas [Latin Bossa Nova version]
The Christmas Song
A Holly Jolly Christmas
Feliz Navidad
Baby, It’s Cold Outside
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
Let It Snow Let It Snow Let It Snow
Santa Baby
Jingle Bells
All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth
Once A year [original composition]
I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
Jingle Bell Rock
I’ll Be Home For Christmas
You’re All I Want For Christmas
Silver Bells
Do You Hear What I Hear
Grown-Up Christmas List
Blue Christmas
Happy Holiday
Silver And Gold
Happy Christmas (War Is Over) [Shuffle rock/trad jazz version]
Away In A Manger
Deck The Halls
Hark The Herald Angels Sing
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Silent Night
We Wish You A Merry Christmas
Joy To The World
It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
Frosty The Snowman
Perfect (Ed Sheerhan)
Fairytale Of New York (The Pogues and Kirsty McCall)
Drivin' Home For Christmas (Chris Rea)
Last Christmas (Wham)
Angels We Have Heard On High (Josh Groban)
All I Want For Christmas Is You (Mariah Carey - smooth jazz version)

Shadow Sax's Prices

Last updated: 2024

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)£140
Up to 1 hour£195
Up to 2 hours£260
Up to 3 hours£295
Pre-season Santa
Up to 2 hours of jazzy Christmas music dressed in full Santa suit, BEFORE 12th December. (Wearing of Santa suit is already included in this price)
Brief Wedding Performances
Performance of up to an hour in duration at weddings
Peak Season Santa
Up to 2 hours of jazzy Christmas tunes on sax dressed in full Santa suit between 12th December and 1st January inclusive. (Excludes Christmas eve and New Year's Eve). (Wearing of Santa suit is already included in this price)
Wedding ceremony
This includes music before the service begins, music during the signing of the register, and music as guests leave.
Drinks reception
Two performances of up to 60 mins each during your drinks reception
New Year's Eve
Up to 2 hours of music (jazz standards or jazzy Christmas tunes or a mix thereof as required), optionally in full Santa suit or not as preferred on New Year's Eve. (no additional cost to wear Santa suit if required)
Xmas Eve Santa
Up to 2 hours of jazzy Christmas tunes on sax dressed in full Santa suit on Christmas Eve. (Wearing of Santa suit is already included in this price - no additional cost)
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.


Stage Lights
Santa Suit
Mini performance tent/gazebo
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

That varies considerably by performance and requirement. They often talk about the joy the music brings, the sound that I have with the sax (sax tone), as well as my easy going nature, flexibility, and reliability.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

There are so many including at a live recording session for the BBC at Jaqueline's in Ross-on-Wye, the Palace Theatre in Redditch, and countless weddings, restaurants, hotels, pubs, private parties, and care homes.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Stan Getz, Charlie Rouse, Grover Washington Junior

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

The Albert Hall. More recently I was invited in for a live recording and videoing session by BBC Introducing to perform some of my original material and later became their artist of the week. I played at the Redditch Business Awards at The Palace Theatre, and on the Main Stage at the Redditch Christmas Lights Extravaganza shortly before Peter Andre.

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

I pride my self on being extremely flexible and I'll always do my best to fit in with any changes.

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

I'm very happy to play a selection of pre-recorded jazz standards and/or originals in a similar vein between sets if required. I charge an extra £25 for this service. Or £25 per additional half hour if this extends the length of the booking.

How much time do you need to set up?

Typically 45 minutes is plenty as long as loading and unloading the car is relatively close to the performance location.

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

Yes! You can see my current song list on my profile, which is growing all the time, and I'm always happy to send you a copy. Also, if you have any songs which are very special to you, but don't happen to be on my list yet, I am happy to look to see if I can source them and pick them up for your event, BEFORE you book.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes completely, including a choice of mains powered PA or state of the art, professional, battery powered speakers.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Yes, I do this regularly, but please let me know the song names BEFORE you book so that I can confirm that I can source them for you.
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Arranger, Audio engineer, Composer, Lyricist, Songwriter, Producer, Fluent improviser, Instrumental teaching
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