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Vicki Watson

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About Vicki

Professional saxophonist/clarinettist based in Wiltshire. Jazz, pop, weddings, Ibiza sax.
Saxophonist
Swindon
Public liability insurance of £10 million

An experienced and professional saxophonist and clarinettist, Vicki plays everything from classical and theatre music to jazz, pop and Ibiza club sax. As well as playing and teaching clarinet, bass clarinet and saxophones, she runs her own jazz quartet and a vintage boutique band, The Stable Yard Jazz Band, where she can indulge her penchant for dressing up as a 1920s flapper and dancing the Charleston! Playing the music of Pink Floyd with tribute band Bootleg Floyd means that she also gets the opportunity to embrace her inner rock chick, noodling about on not just one, but four saxes – soprano, alto, tenor and baritone – and have plenty of fun with special effects and techniques from growls and shakes to super-high altissimo shrieks. Vicki also plays for a variety of big bands, orchestras, theatre groups and circus acts, as well as performing solo clarinet and saxophone with backing tracks or small combo for weddings, parties and corporate events, covering jazz, pop, smooth background music and Ibiza sax party sets. Versatile, professional and always on the look-out for a new challenge, her services include: An experienced and versatile saxophonist and clarinettist, Vicki plays everything from classical and theatre music to jazz, pop and Ibiza club sax. As well as playing and teaching clarinet, bass clarinet and saxophones, she runs her own jazz quartet and a vintage boutique band, The Stable Yard Jazz Band, where she can indulge her penchant for dressing up as a 1920s flapper and dancing the Charleston! She plays and manages a variety of big bands, orchestras, theatre groups and circus acts, as well as performing solo clarinet and saxophone with backing tracks or small ensemble for weddings, festivals, parties and corporate events, covering vintage and contemporary jazz, smooth jazz and pop, rock and Ibiza party and chill-out sax sets. Vicki’s services include: - Cocktails and canapés set – sparkling, elegant jazz ideal for wedding guest arrivals or early evening sets. - 1920s, vintage-style jazz for Gatsby nights and speakeasies. - Smooth jazz and pop set – smooth, sophisticated saxophone with backing tracks. - Ibiza-style club sax set – chilled-out Ibiza classics, playing amongst your guests, with backing tracks and light-up saxophone, playing alongside DJ or percussionist. - Music for theatre, circus and cabaret productions. - Classical or contemporary recitals. - Various small jazz groups, size and instrumentation made-to-measure. Vicki is a member of the Musicians' Union and has full public liability insurance, as well as her own PA equipment, lighting and transport. Venues played include Alexandra Palace, Waddeston Manor, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Defence Academy of the UK, The Barbican Centre, Salisbury Cathedral, Marlborough College, Bowood House and Hotel. If you’re interested in hiring Vicki for an event, either as a solo musician or as part of a bespoke band, please don't hesitate to get in touch. Vicki is a member of the Musicians' Union and has full public liability insurance, as well as my own PA equipment and transport. She's also a qualified teacher (BA Hons with QTS, Music specialist) and spent almost a decade as a primary school teacher, music coordinator and deputy headteacher. She teaches private clarinet, bass clarinet and saxophone lessons. Venues played include Alexandra Palace, Waddeston Manor, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Defence Academy of the UK, The Barbican Centre, Salisbury Cathedral, Marlborough College, Bowood House and Hotel. If you’re interested in hiring Vicki for an event, either as a solo musician or as part of a bespoke band, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

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
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
Jazz, Classical, Contemporary classical, Film / TV music, Musical theatre, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, Blues, Cabaret, Dixieland, Latin jazz, Modern jazz, Postmodern jukebox jazz, Ragtime, Swing, Light music, Easy listening, Pop, Funk, Funk rock, Disco, Covers, Motown, R&B, Vintage, Tribute, Soul, Christmas, Classical crossover, 1960s era music, 1970s era music, 1980s era music, 1990s era music, Progressive rock, Top 40, Rock, Alternative rock, Classic rock, Pop rock, Rock 'n' Roll, Ibiza club, Gypsy jazz, Jazz fusion, Klezmer
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Event types:
Private event, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue 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:
Transcription, Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Arranger, Fluent improviser
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Song list

Jazz/Swing:
A Fine Romance
A Foggy Day
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
After You've Gone
Ain't Misbehavin'
All Of Me
All Or Nothing At All
All The Way
Almost Like Being In Love
Anthropology
April in Paril
As Time Goes By
At Last
Autumn Leaves
Basin Street Blues
Beatrice
Begin The Beguine
Bewitched
Beyond The Sea
Black Coffee
Blue Skies
Blues In The Closet
Bohemia After Dark
Bright Boy
Bunko
But Beautiful
But Not For Me
Bye Bye Blackbird
Can't Help Loving' Dat Man
Cantaloupe Island
The Charleston
Cheek To Cheek
Cheese Cake
Come Rain Or Come Shine
Dig
Dindi
Do Nothin' 'Til You Hear From Me
Do You Know What It Means (To Miss New Orleans)?
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Doxy
Dream A Little Dream Of Me
East Of The Son
Embraceable You
Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye
Fever
Fly Me To The Moon
The Folks Who Live On The Hill
Freddie Freeloader
Georgia On My Mind
Get Happy
Good Bait
Have You Met Miss Jones?
High Society
How High The Moon
I Can't Give You Anything But Love
I Could Write A Book
I Got It Bad
I Was Doin' Alright
I'll Close My Eyes
I'll Know
I'll Remember April
I'll String Along With You
I'm Beginning To See The Light
I've Got The World On A String
I've Never Been In Love Before
If I Were A Bell
In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning
Isfahan
It Ain't Necessarily So
It Had To Be You
Just One Of Those Things
La Vie En Rose
The Lady Is A Tramp
Let There Be Love
Let's Call The Whole Thing Off
Like Someone In Love
Mack The Knife
Make Someone Happy
The Man I Love
Misty
Moon River
Moonglow
Moose The Mooche
The More I See You
My Favourite Things
My Funny Valentine
My Ship
The Nearness Of You
Nice 'n' Easy
Night And Day
Night Dreamer
Now's The Time
Old Devil Moon
On A Slow Boat To China
On The Sunny Side Of The Street
Pennies From Heaven
People Will Say We're In Love
Pure Imagination
Puttin' On The Ritz
Recordame
Sandu
Satin Doll
Sir John
Somewhere Over The Rainbow
Someday My Prince Will Come
Sophisticated Lady
Stella By Starlight
Stormy Weather
Summertime
Sunny
Sweet Georgia Brown
Taking A Chance On Love
That Old Feeling
There Will Never Be Another You
These Foolish Things
Till There Was You
Up Jumped Spring
The Way You Look Tonight
When Sunny Gets Blue
Willow Weep For Me
You're Getting To Be A Habit With Me
Pop/Funk/Soul/R&B:
Against All Odds (Phil Collins)
Ain't No Mountain High Enough
Ain't No Sunshine
Angels (Robbie Williams)
Baker Street (Gerry Rafferty)
Bang Bang (Ariana Grande)
Beat It (Michael Jackson)
Blame It On The Boogie (Jackson 5)
Breakfast At Tiffany's
Bright Side Of The Road (Van Morrison)
Brown-Eyed Girl (Van Morrison)
Can't Stop The Feeling
Careless Whisper (George Michael)
Crazy In Love (Beyonce)
Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Dance The Night Away
Dancing In The Moonlight (Toploader)
Don't Stop Me Now (Queen)
Easy
Englishman In New York
Everybody (Backstreet Boys)
Eye Of The Tiger
Faces Of The Heart
Feeling Good
Flashdance...What A Feeling
Footloose
For Once In My Life
Girls Just Want To Have Fun
Hallelujah I Just Love Him So
Happy
Higher And Higher
Hey Jude
Hit The Road, Jack
How Sweet It Is
I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing
I Say A Little Prayer For You
I Wanna Be Like You
I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Whitney Houston)
I Wish I Know How It Would Feel To Be Free
If I Ain't Got You
I'm A Believer (The Monkees, Smash Mouth)
I'm So Excited (Pointer Sisters)
I'm Still Standing (Elton John)
Isn't She Lovely?
It's My Life (No Doubt)
Just Dance (Lady Gaga)
Just The Two Of Us
Just The Way You Are
Killing Me Softly
Lady Marmalade
Let It Be
Let Me Entertain You (Robbie Williams)
Livin' La Vida Loca
Locked Out Of Heaven
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
Midnight Train To Georgia
Moondance
Move On Up
Movin' On UpMy Girl
New York State Of Mind
Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You
One More Night
Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps
Pick Up The Pieces
Power Of Love (Huey Lewis & The News)
Respect
Route 66
Shake It Off (Taylor Swift)
Shut Up And Dance
Sir Duke
Sister Sadie
Stacy's Mom
Street Life
Still I Love You
Tell Her About It
Tequila
The Best (Tina Turner)
The Greatest Love Of All
Thinking Out Loud
This Girl (Kungs)
This Love (Maroon 5)
Together Again
Treasure (Bruno Mars)
Try (Pink)
Uptown Funk (Bruno Mars)
Valerie (Amy Winehouse)
Walking On Sunshine (Katrina and the Waves)
Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go (Wham)
We Found Love (Rihanna)
When A Man Loves A Woman
Wonderwall (Oasis)
You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
You're Beautiful (James Blunt)
Club/Ibiza:
Ain’t Nobody (Jasmine Thompson)
Changes (Faul Wad & Ad)
Dancing In The Moonlight (Jubel feat. NEIMY)
Don’t Start Now (Dua Lipa)
Extraordinary (Clean Bandit)
Fast Car (Jonas Blue)
Head and Heart (Joel Corry)
Higher Love (Whitney Houston with Kygo)
How Deep Is Your Love? (Calvin Harris)
Ignition (R Kelly)
Jubel (Klingande)
Levitating (Dua Lipa)
Lily Was Here (Dave Stewart & Candy Dulfer)
Living (Bakermat)
Movin’ On Up (M People)
Shake It Off (Taylor Swift)
Sonnentanz (Kangkarussell)
Sun Goes Down (Robin Schulz)
This Girl (Kungs)
Vandaag (One Day) (Bakermat)
Customer questions

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

I'm very flexible and easy to work with, so if your timings change slightly after you've made a booking, this isn't usually a problem - 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 offer this service for free via my PA equipment before the live set starts and during any interval. If you'd like a DJ service with disco lights via my PA after the final set until the venue closes, I can provide this for an additional £150.

How much time do you need to set up?

As a rough guide, it takes about 40 minutes to set up as a soloist, and about 1.5 hours as a band of up to eight musicians. As soon as my PA is set up, I provide a free playlist service to help set the atmosphere and get your guests ready for the live performance.

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

Each setlist is chosen specifically to suit your event, but I sometimes add in other songs on the night from 'reading the room' - so if people want to dance, I'll play some more upbeat numbers to keep them on the dance floor, for example. But if there are any songs from my list that you'd particularly like included, please do let me know.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

Yes, absolutely! I bring all my own equipment - instrument/s, PA equipment, lighting equipment as necessary.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

If a song isn't included on my song list, there's a chance that I already know it anyway, so please do ask. If not, I'm happy to learn new songs with a bit of notice. There is a charge of £30 for this service to take into account rehearsal time etc.

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)£100
Up to 1 hour£250
Up to 2 hours£300
Up to 3 hours£350

Add-ons

iPod/DJ
+£150

Reviews

From customers:

Natalie T

Vicki’s skill, style and knowledge makes every project better than your wildest dreams. Inspiring to work with and incredible to hear.

Mike S

Vicki Watson is to woodwind what the chameleon is to the forest, effortlessly shifting between all manner of styles, whilst ostensibly painting colourful picture in the air.

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