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Simply Swing is pleased to offer its saxophonist for hire as a solo performer.

Simon BatesSolo Saxophone is a unique entertainment option which is ideal for Corporate Hospitality Events, Birthday Parties, Special Occasions and is outstanding as Wedding Reception Entertainment.  Our totally self contained solo saxophone act comes complete with full PA system and backing tracks.  He plays in a variety of musical styles and is both entertaining and professional.  For most events, performing 2 x 50 minute sets of live music over a two and a half hour period is the norm.

Saxophone Player For Weddings

When you hire a saxophone player for weddings they can cover several aspects of your day such as playing for your Ceremony, reception drinks, during your meal or for your evening entertainment; creating a warm and relaxing atmosphere at any stage of the day.  Wedding saxophone is a wonderful alternative to an afternoon string quartet or even a disco replacement for your evening entertainment.

Our solo saxophonist can offer a variety of musical options to suit your event from background jazz to dance floor filling pop and even some ‘Chillout’.

About our Solo Saxophonist

Internationally renowned saxophonist and Professor of Saxophone for the Royal Marines, Simon Bates is known and respected for his stylistic versatility and instrumental prowess. He is in great demand on the London session scene and is a regular member of Simply Swing.

His playing features on countless adverts, film scores, television shows, theme tunes and pop recordings. Simon has worked with a wide variety of bands and musicians including Elvis Costello, Jamie Cullum, Dizzee Rascal, Shane MacGowan, Lulu, Rick Wakeman, D:Ream, Chaka Khan, Emma Bunton, Seal and Carleen Anderson. He was Musical Director for Rick Astley, Bette Midler and TV show Johnny Vaughan Tonight amongst many others and appears regularly on Paul O’Grady Live.

Check out the video below, which features Simon performing with Rick Astley.

He has performed around the world in a wide variety of settings from the O2 Arena and Eiffel Tower to Ronnie Scott’s and the Albert Hall; and as a guest soloist with many large ensembles including the Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. Simon Bates is a Yamaha Custom Saxophone Artist.

Sample Repertoires

Jazz Standards

  • All Blues
  • Angel Eyes
  • Autumn Leaves
  • Black Orpheus
  • Blue Train
  • Caravan
  • Chameleon
  • Easy Living
  • Fly Me To The Moon
  • Georgia On My Mind
  • Girl Talk
  • Honeysuckle Rose
  • I’ll Remember April
  • In A Sentimental Mood
  • Killer Joe
  • Lullaby Of Birdland
  • Mas Que Nada
  • Mercy Mercy Mercy
  • My Romance
  • Out Of Nowhere
  • Perdido
  • Satin Doll
  • So What
  • St Thomas
  • Take The A Train
  • The Nearness Of You
  • Watermelon Man

Pop Sample Repertoire

  • After The Love Has Gone – Earth Wind & Fire
  • Baker Street – Gerry Rafferty
  • Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
  • Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen
  • Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen
  • Everything – Michael Buble
  • I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
  • Killing Me Softly – Roberta Flack / Fugees
  • Lovely Day – Bill Withers
  • Mama Mia – Abba
  • Moondance – Van Morrison
  • My Girl – The Temptations
  • My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion
  • Play That Funky Music – Wild Cherry
  • Relight My Fire – Take That
  • Signed, Sealed, Delivered – Stevie Wonder
  • Superstition – Stevie Wonder
  • Sway – Dean Martn/Michael Buble
  • True – Spandau Ballet
  • Valerie – Amy Winehouse
  • What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye
  • YMCA – Village People
  • You Are The Sunshine Of My Life – Stevie Wonder
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