5 stars - Anna (Saxophonist) are Highly Recommended22 Reviews Number of members: 1West Midlands
Anna is an outstanding saxophonist with an extremely impressive career as an international touring and recording artist. She is available to play alongside a DJ, jamming over any style or as a solo saxophonist. Her solo saxophone repertoire draws together current pop hits, classic jazz tracks, R’n’B, Soul & Motown and a good handful of Funk, all performed over high quality custom-made backing tracks. Expect a world-class sound from a world-class musician!...
5 stars - Rose Sax are Highly Recommended1 Reviews Number of members: 1London
Performed at The RoundHouse Theatre, The 02, Cork Opera House in Ireland, Udaipur City Palace. Rose Sax is a talented saxophonist who can perform everything from Jazz standards to Club Classics and free style improvisation with live musicians....
A professional, energised saxophone quartet who perform a diverse range of music from Classical, Jazz, Gatsby and Pop. A perfect acoustic option for ceremonies, receptions, garden parties or corporate events!...
5 stars - Lizzie B Sax are Highly Recommended3 Reviews Number of members: 1Berkshire
Lizzie B Sax is an established, professional saxophonist, who has been captivating audiences for over ten years. An extremely versatile player, she performs all styles of music from jazz, blues, funk, soul to house & DJ/club music....
5 stars - Luv The Sax are Highly Recommended13 Reviews Number of members: 1London
Luv The Sax is a talented musician with plenty of performing experience. He can cater his show to suit any needs, being able to perform many music genres and pick the right songs to suit the atmosphere of your event....
5 stars - London Saxes are Highly Recommended2 Reviews Number of members: 4London
London Saxes are the UK’s leading female saxophone quartet who’s performances have taken them all around the world. Playing the highest standard of classical & Jazz, the London Saxes bring an elegant & sophisticated atmosphere straight to your event....
5 stars - Joe Frederic are Highly Recommended3 Reviews Number of members: 1Greater Manchester
Joe is a House and Electronic Dance Music Live Saxophonist with style-with backgrounds in Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, RnB, Salsa, Reggae, Folk and Classical Music. Playing the Saxophone from an early age Joe graduated with a BA Honours degree in Contemporary and Popular Music from Newcastle University and has performed at prestigious nightclubs and Kendal Calling Music Festival....
Elite are an electrifying modern group featuring vocals, saxophone and percussion. Performing to tracks or with a pro live DJ, their extensive repertoire spans from 90s dance floor classics, UK Garage Anthems, Drum ’n’ Bass, Disco and House. This energetic interactive show brings first class modern entertainment to your event....
5 stars - May On Sax are Highly Recommended2 Reviews Number of members: 1Greater Manchester
May is an award-winning, international, female saxophonist captivating audiences at private and corporate events, weddings, restaurants, bars, clubs and festivals around the world with her Yanagisawa saxophone. May can perform alongside your DJ or provide afternoon background ambience suitable for any event....
5 stars - Sax on the Box are Highly Recommended2 Reviews Number of members: 4Oxfordshire
Sax on the Box are a saxophone quartet specialising in playing your favourite TV and film themes. Ideal for background music during drinks receptions, product launches, during dinner, corporate functions, parties, indoor or outdoor events!...
5 stars - Benny Sax are Highly Recommended4 Reviews Number of members: 1Greater Manchester
Benny Sax is an award winning saxophonist who is tearing up venues around the world. Currently based in Manchester, he has toured with big names such as 'The Killers' frontman Brandon Flowers and performed at Glastonbury festival. He has also featured on BBC radio 1 and won awards in the UK and Europe....
5 stars - Saxophonista are Highly Recommended3 Reviews Number of members: 1Hertfordshire
Saxophonista is a brilliant Saxophonist and Flautist. Her repertoire covers everything from Jazz, Latin, Blues, Soul, Reggae, Asian, Rock, Pop, Calypso and more! Perfect for performing Solo or alongside a DJ or Band, Saxophonista will blow your mind!...
5 stars - Sax Goddess (Saxophonist) are Highly Recommended6 Reviews Number of members: 1Cheshire
Rose is a phenomenal sax player who is ideal to hire for slick, sophisticated background music at weddings, corporate events & parties. Her repertoire covers funky jazz, freestyle, pop, soul & blues, played on tenor sax over high quality backing tracks...
5 stars - Dan Plays Sax are Highly Recommended5 Reviews Number of members: 1London
Dan is a professional, full-time saxophonist and DJ. The perfect choice for weddings, private parties and corporate functions, Dan is a highly talented, versatile and unique musician guaranteed to bring the party to any event. Performing at 150+ events worldwide each year, Dan's recent clients include celebrities Teddy Sheringham and Stooshe, big-name corporations such as the BBC and Channel 4, and the UK's finest venues including the Grove and the Carlton hotels....
Julian Smith's distinctive saxophone sound has been heard all over the world. With Sony album releases, millions of youtube views & 70000 votes on Britains Got Talent, Julian has now gone on to perform for the Prime Minister & has toured arena's UK wide!...
5 stars - Twisted Sax are Highly Recommended1 Reviews Number of members: 1Kent
With previous clients including Ministry of Sound & Storm DJs plus numerous weddings, parties & more, Twisted Sax feels most at home playing his heart out in the middle of a packed dance floor! Incredibly talented, he's a pro at freestyling over chart, soul & club classics but can also perform relaxing, low key jazz standards & popular music!...
Bringing the exciting sound of the saxophone to your event, Sax Weaves can play over many different styles of music. Whether you require soft, relaxing background music or an Ibiza party vibe, Sax Weaves incredible talent will really help to make your event come alive....
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5 stars - Rose Sax are Highly Recommended
“Rose was amazing and so talented and was a big part of making our day so special. Cannot recommend her enough. Great value for money and excellent communication before the eve...”
Tamsin P booked Rose Sax for their Wedding in Kent
Luv The Sax
5 stars - Luv The Sax are Highly Recommended
“A lovely anniversary surprise, organised by my husband and enjoyed by family and friends. The artist was very friendly and engaged well with guests, happily responding to requests ...”
Barry G booked Luv The Sax for their event in Kent
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Everything you need to know to hire Saxophone Players for your event
What are Saxophonists?
A saxophonist is a solo, usually professional, musician who plays the saxophone. There are a variety of saxophones, such as soprano, alto, tenor and bass, and saxophonists will usually specialise in at least one of these types.
Usually made of brass, the saxophone bridges the gap between the woodwind and brass sections, producing a full, resounding sound.
Packing a big punch, from pure and powerful to soft and subdued, saxophonists are wonderfully expressive and extremely versatile. They can perform a wide range of musical styles that are sure to give you and your guests goosebumps – from funk, jazz and pop to soul, blues and RnB, and even classical arrangements. They can perform solo, over high-quality backing tracks or alongside other musicians. They’re always in high demand, and are perfect for a range of occasions, such as cocktail parties, corporate functions, weddings and private parties.
What music will a Saxophonist play?
Saxophonists can blast a broad range of musical styles to suit whatever tone you’d like to set at your special occasion. You can expect music from artists such as:
Ben E King
Earth Wind and Fire
The Bee Gees
Many of our saxophonists will also perform showtunes and film and TV themes. The repertoires of each of our saxophonists are shown on their profile pages.
Popular types of Saxophonists
1. Jazz and blues saxophonists
From old school jazz, swing, middle of the road jazz standards, and blues music, a jazz and blues saxophonist will perform a huge variety of songs, creating various atmospheres, from smooth and chilled to lively music to strut to, and everything in between! Saxophonists will cover music from artists such as Duke Ellington, Louise Armstrong, Cannonball Adderley, Frank Sinatra, and Michael Bublé.
2. Soprano Sax
One of the smaller saxophones, the soprano sax has a higher register than the alto, tenor and baritone (discussed below), pitched one octave below the tenor sax. Less popular than alto and tenor saxophones, the soprano sax sounds similar to an oboe. Soprano saxophones come in a variety of neck shapes, from slightly- and fully-curved to completely straight. The straight version looks a lot like a clarinet. Often featured in classical and jazz music, famous soprano sax players include Christine Rall, Kenneth Tse, Sidney Bechet, Lucky Thompson and Grover Washington Junior.
3. Alto Sax
Bigger than the soprano sax, but smaller than the tenor, the alto saxophone is one of the most common saxophones, often used in classical and jazz music, and in military and marching bands. While all saxophones share common fingerings, the alto is one of the hardest saxophones to play. It’s been the instrument of choice for a wide range of sax virtuosos, such as Charlie Parker, Johnny Hodges, Sonny Stitt, Otis Murphy, and Marcel Mule.
4. Tenor saxophonists
A medium-sized member of the saxophone family, the tenor is one of the most commonly-played saxophones, regularly used in classical music, marching bands, and jazz. The one with the curvy bend in its neck, it’s pitched one octave below its soprano cousin. Many pioneering saxophonists have played the tenor sax, including John Coltrane, Dexter Gordon and Sonny Rollins.
5. Baritone Sax
One of the biggest members in the saxophone family, the baritone sax has a low pitch. It has a ‘Q’ loop at the neck and is usually played with a harness strap worn around the saxophonist’s shoulders to counterbalance its cumbersome weight. It’s often used in classical music, jazz, funk, blues and soul bands, as well as military bands and musical theatre. Famous baritone saxophonists include Harry Carney, Scott Robinson, Pepper Adams, and Stephen Kupka. It’s also the instrument of choice for TV’s smallest virtuoso, Lisa Simpson!
Where in the UK do Alive Saxophonists perform?
Our saxophonists provide performances for private and corporate events both internationally and nationwide, most frequently performing in:
With a wide variety of musical styles and repertoires, a saxophonist can be a flexible entertainment option. They can set a lively, fun and funky atmosphere, perform chilled jazz tones for a relaxed vibe, or play arrangements of classical compositions for a quirky twist at your event. Whatever mood you’d like to create, a saxophonist can provide attention-grabbing evening entertainment or lively background music for a wide range of events, such as:
Usually performing in the afternoon and early evening, providing the backdrop to drinks receptions and cocktail parties, a saxophonist will give your event the real ‘wow’ factor. Your guests will be amazed by the all-encompassing, expressive nature of the instrument.
Space considerations at your event
Usually standing up while they perform, most solo saxophonists require a performance space of around 2 square metres. For approximate requirements, see ‘How much space will a saxophonist need?’, below.
Volume – how loud is a saxophone player?
There are quite a few elements that will play a part in the volume a saxophonist will play at. A professional saxophonist will have good control over the volume they can pump out, so they can play relatively quietly, as background music, or perform louder, more dramatic tones. They may also be amplified if needed, which will obviously increase volume. The type of instrument is important too: a tenor saxophone will be much louder than its cousins, owing to its large size. The acoustics of your venue will also play a part in the volume produced. Generally, the volume can vary between 80–110 decibels (dB).
It’s important to check with your venue whether they are constrained by noise restrictions, since this can influence the ambiance you and your musician are trying to create. If a venue has a sound limiter fitted, this can impact the entire event. For more information on sound limiters, please visit our guide to Sound Limiters.
How much does a Saxophonist cost?
The approximate costs for Alive Network’s saxophonists are summarised in this table:
Type of Artist
£195 – £800+
£650 – £995
Selecting a musician local to your venue can help to minimise travel time and costs – our musicians’ home area is listed on their profile page. However, as travel cost can be nominal, this needn’t be an issue. Your dedicated Entertainment Coordinator can discuss this with you, and recommend a range of great saxophonists for your event.
Who are the top 10 Saxophonists in the UK right now?
These are our top UK saxophonists who we believe are currently blasting away the competition, based on a variety of popularity, originality, and fantastic performances:
Most saxophonists perform two 45- or 60-minute sets, or three 45-minute sets, usually with a break of around 30 minutes in-between. Many will also offer the option to play shorter sets or for longer, so you can select the performance options that fit best with the schedule for your event.
How much space will a Saxophonist need?
Most solo saxophonists don’t need a massive space, so they’re great if you need a performance that packs the most punch per square metre! The table below gives a rough idea how much space different saxophonist performers will need:
Type of Saxophonist
Performance Space Required
2 × 2 metres
4 × 3 metres
How long will it take for a Saxophonists to set up?
As long as they can park relatively close to the performance space at your venue, it usually takes around 30 minutes for a saxophonist to unload, setup and sound-check in preparation for their performance.
When their set is over, it can take 15 – 20 minutes to pack away and load out again.
What equipment will a Saxophonist need?
Our saxophonists are relatively easy to look after! Before playing at your special event, they may need a few additional things to optimise their performance, such as:
refreshments – for example soft drinks and hot food, depending how long they’re performing for you
a secure changing room
parking provision with easy access to the venue
a dedicated, suitably-sized, dry, safe, and flat performance area
a minimum of one 13 amp power socket, depending on the line-up and whether they’re fully amplified or acoustic
shelter from the elements, if they’ve agreed to play outside
decent lighting – especially important if they’re playing somewhere like a marquee
Most of Alive Network’s saxophonists have their own microphones, and PA sound system or amp that they can bring for the performance.
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