John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Stan Getz, and - dare l say - the infamous Kenny G, all have one thing in common. That's right: the SAXOPHONE.
Every soul of the party, the saxophone is a staple of the jazz, funk, blues, and soul genres. Bringing its unique flavour either as a solo instrument, or as part of an ensemble, the many varieties of saxophone - and their ability to traverse multiple genres - make it extremely versatile.
There are a few basics to making your event a success with a saxophonist.
1. The Basics
2. Equipment & Setup
Saxophone like singers are categorised in four basic types; Soprano, Alto, Tenor & Baritone. The Alto & Tenor are by far the most popular of these, and account for the majority of solo saxophone repertoire.
Saxophonists are capable of playing almost anything, ranging from classical, to pop, to house, to jazz, to R & B, blues, funk, reggae, ska, soul and Motown.
Typically, the best times are afternoon, or evening when your guests are beginning to relax, or just about ready to dance! Also saxophonist are excellent at providing smooth background music for a cocktail reception or, alternatively, bringing their magic to the dance floor.
For one saxophonists, about 2 x 2 metres will do just fine - saxophonists usually stand when they play, so they can fit in tight spaces (within reason!). For a group of 4 with full band setup 8x8 will cover it.
Please ensure you provide for a PA System to allow them to play for 20-30 minutes and 15 minute breaks in-between. Playing outside, first agree with the saxophonist about the shelter.
Popular jazz requests:
The girl from Ipanema, In a sentimental mood, Misty, Hugh Masekela, African jazz pioneers, Judith Sephuma Iya Iyo.
Popular pop requests:
All of me, Happy, Love me like you do, Get lucky
Popular soul/Motown requests:
Let's stay together, My Cherie amour - Stevie Wonder, My girl - The temptations, What's going on - Marvin Gaye.
Your can request in advance specific special you want as this allows the saxophonist to prepare for immaculate execution.
We advise that you book as soon as possible, especially if you have special musical requests, but we handle last minute bookings all the time at Musician Encore and can expeditiously find a saxophonist or band at short notice.
Every saxophonist has their set price or rates, but expect a fee of $250+ for 45 minute set, plus travel expenses at AA or private cab/taxi rates if applicable.
The easiest way to handle contracts and payment is to book through Musician Encore. Our booking process is straightforward, and once you have confirmed a booking your chosen saxophonist, contracts, Invoice (through tax registered company Outsource Investments P/L) are handled painlessly and effortlessly through various payment option on our Invoice.