Andrew Sax

Essex
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Price from: £50

Hi, I'm Andrew, retired Purchase Manager, and now keen saxophonist and busker, playing a wide range of music (500 tracks from pop, soul, old time, church, Jazz, Disco) with an amplified backing track in and outdoors. I busk to raise money for charities and as passers-by regularly ask me how they can book me, I make myself available for other gigs. Pricing reflects that I play pleasantly, keenly, especially suitable to create an atmosphere with backing music. People stay around to listen to me. Due to family commitments I don't perform during school holidays.

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Services From Andrew Sax

Andrew Sax

Funeral - Up To 1 Hour

This package is to provide the option to book a saxophonist with backing track to play appropriate music at your specific request at a crematorium or church funeral for a loved one. Whether they were fond of Frank Sinatra's My Way, Seasons in the Sun or whether you wanted to have The Last Post played, I would be happy to play up to 5 pieces over a memorial event of up to one hour to help send your family member to the next world. N.B. this would not negate the need for an organist, if you wanted sung hymns. The package includes a consultation regarding appropriate music, agreement over the Order of Service, arriving well ahead of time in sombre dress, and playing the requested piece(s) with the appropriate backing track from my available tracklist, staying until the end of the service. I can play outside on request but need to be under cover, to protect equipment from rain etc. Package only available weekdays from 9:30am - 3:00pm due to other commitments
From: £40 per event
Andrew Sax

Sax Music As Background For Your Event - 2 Hours

Base price is for two weekday hours of music to add atmosphere to your event or venue, picked from any of the 500 available tunes (see attached list). Solo Saxophonist with backing track playing through 80W Portable busking speaker, suitable for a venue up to 300sqM /max 80 guests. Larger set-up available for bigger venues available, please enquire. Price is for playing inside or outside, under cover. No power or special lighting needed. A space 1.5m x 1.5m is required for for instruments, stands etc. I will be dressed in appropriate attire for the event at your request (eg. Dinner Jacket/Christmas Jumper and hat/black denim+fedora hat) and can play a range of music at a volume of discreet to distinctly noticeable. N.B. Package not available in school holidays and price higher at weekends due to family commitments, thanks for your understanding.
From: £65 per event
Andrew Sax

Busking For Charity On A Friday - Up To 3 Hours

I am willing to join a charity most Fridays in a shopping centre to help raise money for that charity for a 2-3 hour busk with backing track. I am willing to busk with most charities helping people. The Charity will need to liaise with the shopping centre and meet all of their requirements (eg. public liability, risk assessment, having a designated charity collector in attendance), I will be happy to turn up and play from my varied playlist, I only ask to cover my travel expenses to the requested location, playing within the hours between 10am - 3pm (max of 3 hours). Does not include school holidays or half terms due to family commitments.
From: £1 per event
Andrew Sax

Background Sax - Wedding Reception

If you want to add a special atmosphere to your reception/wedding breakfast or entertain your guests during photos, I can play a lovely selection of sweet and lively music to create a happy atmosphere, with a backing track. Take a look at my extensive track list of Sweet, Lively and Pop music. My portable system is flexible outside or inside and will fill a 300m2 space/up to ~80 guests with a beautiful sound. I also play a few dance tracks but if you are looking for specifically for a dance saxophonist, eg. working with a DJ, others specialise in this. As part of this package I will turn up in good time and dressed appropriately for your happy day, and be available to play for up to 2 hours. In case you would like to accommodate any of my tracks into your wedding service, that can be included in the package. In case you have any questions don't hesitate to ask through the website,I'd be happy to help. Thanks for reading. P.s. Make a tentative booking if you need to chat first.
From: £105 per event
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FAQ
  • How long do you play for?
    From 1 to 4 hours, depending on request
  • Do you have your own PA and lighting?
    I have my own portable 80W PA which provides my backing track (played from a tablet with no required lighting) and can be used to make announcements to a small/medium sized venue (up to 120 people) or be used for Karaoke.
  • Do you have Public Liability Insurance and PAT tested equipment?
    My equipment is battery powered, not currently PAT tested. I do not currently have Public Liability Insurance. If this was a specific requirement, I can quote for this.
  • How much space do you require?
    From as little as 2 Sq metres, 3 sq metres if Bari Sax also required
  • My favourite tune is not on your list. Will you be able to play it?
    Please ask - I can find arrangements for most songs, if not available I can make one, as long as the piece is not extremely difficult.
  • How many breaks do you take? How long are they?
    I can play for 2 hours without a break, 5 mins required for performance up to 4 hours.
  • How will you appear?
    I have a variety of outfits to suit a range of occasions, including: DJ and black tie; Black Denim and Fedora; Polo shirt and smart trousers; Festive Jumper and Hat; Superman Outfit (it was a gift from a previous life, honest) I will work with clients to find a suitable outfit matching your occasion.
  • I'd like to contact you before booking to check some points, how do I do that?
    As I am starting on this platform the free package allows me to contact you via the inbuilt messaging system, feel free to contact me this way, and I'll be happy to respond quickly to any questions you may have. If you book me and following a detailed chat I am not suitable, an early cancellation avoids deposit loss.
  • What payment methods are possible?
    The deposit cost will be taken through the PopTop platform. The remainder can be paid cash or card at the event.


Set List/Services

Have a wide range of ~400 pieces with backing track ready covering Pop (90mins), Lively (2 hrs), Relaxed Soul (70mins), Soft Rock (90mins), Christmas (2 hrs), Sweet/Old time (4 hrs), Dance (Disco/pop) (1 hr), Jazz, Showtunes, classical, Church etc - have music from 1920s - 1980s and more modern pop suitable for your party or event - setlist sent with every quote, and may be able to find an arrangement for specific requested pieces.
Examples include:
A little bit me, a little bit you/I'm a Believer in the style of (i.t.s.o) The Monkees;
Ain't got no - I got life/Feeling Good i.t.s.o. Nina Simone;
Back for Good/Rule the World i.t.s.o. Take That
I will Survive
Alfie (what's it all about);
Beyond The Sea;
Bye, Bye Blackbird;
Cry Me a River,
Everything i.t.s.o Michael Buble
On A Slow Boat To China
She Caught The Katy/Sweet Home Chicago i.t.s.o the Blues Brothers
Stranger On The Shore
The Look Of Love Burt Bacharach
My Way /Fly me to the Moon
Playing on Alto and Baritone Sax, depending on the piece.
My speakers can be used to provide background music for the remainder of the event via Bluetooth, and support Karaoke, and I have a collection of older dance music 60s-80s - I can access what you want and would be happy to discuss specific playlists in advance.