What attracted you to the saxophone? I've been asked that question many times. Well, the sound of course. Next to the human voice it's the most expressive instrument and the one that closest resembles the human voice. Like our voices the sax, or should I say the saxophonist is capable of producing an extreme range of sounds from sad, haunting dark tones to uplifting screams of laughter.
It came from Belgium.
Adolphe Sax invented the saxophone in 1842 making it one of the newest instruments. I've heard some people call it a brass instrument but although it's made from a certain type of brass mixture, it uses a single reed on the mouthpiece to make the sound which puts it in the woodwind family, like the clarinet. Other woodwinds are the oboe, bassoon, and bagpipes, these use double reeds. The recorder and flute are woodwinds as well but don't use reeds.
Adolph Sax drew up plans for 14 different types of saxophones.
I don't know how far he got building them all but I've heard of 10 and I've actually seen 8. They are; sopranissimo, sopranino, soprano, alto, C melody, tenor, baritone, bass, contrabass, and subcontrabass. Some of these come in different shapes like the curved soprano and the straight tenor. The 4 most popular ones are soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone and these are the voices that make up a saxophone quartet.
Hard to imagine now but the saxophone didn't gain instant popularity... quite the opposite. Mr. Sax apparently worked hard to get his new invention to composers and band leaders but the instrumentation of the orchestra had been established for many years and nobody wanted to add a sax section, imagine that... I know a lot of sax fans that wished it would have happened differently, myself included! Sax became the first professor of saxophone at the Paris Conservatory in 1858. Method books were written and a few more composers were writing for the instrument and finally in 1885 the first one was made in the United States.
America's first sax star; Rudy Wiedoeft.
There was a bit of a sax craze in America in the early 1900's and a man who was partly responsible for it was the virtuoso Rudy Wiedoeft. Although not widely known today he was very popular in his time. He was an excellent saxophonist with classical training but recorded his own pop style, vaudeville, and novelty songs. Stylistically he was rooted in ragtime and classical - pre-jazz era. His saxes of choice were the alto and the C melody, which has been out of production since the early 1930's.
Now into the 1930's the classical saxophone had some well-known players; Marcel Mule from France, Sigurd Rascher, German/American, and later the American Eugene Rousseau. These guys were performing, recording and having music composed for them. For most classical saxophonists the alto was by far the most popular choice.
The saxophone didn't make it into the classical orchestra as a section but that didn't stop people from writing and arranging for saxophone quartets... from Bach to Bartok to Ellington.
This blog was written by Johnny Ferreira. He is an award winning saxophonist, international touring and recording artist. Advocator of saxophone music that rocks, jumps, and swings!
Congratulations on your engagement! Here is where the fun starts – planning your ‘Big Day’. Now, hold on to your hat, there is a lot to think about. Here is a quick checklist that you might like to use to help you with your preparations:
If you are looking for a wedding venue in Essex, here is our list of some of the venues that you can chose from.
Ashwells Sports and Country Club
Blake Hall Weddings
Cressing Temple Barns
De Rougemont Manor
Down Hall Hotel
Five Lakes Resort
Friern Manor Country House Hotel
Greenwoods Hotel Spa & Retreat
High House Barn Weddings
Ivy Hill Hotel
Layer Marney Tower
Little Easton Manor
Marygreen Manor Hotel
Orsett Hall Hotel
Parklands - Quendon Hall
Rivenhall Oaks Golf Centre
Royal Corinthian Yacht Club
Southend Cliffs Pavilion
Stifford Hall Hotel
Stock Brook Country Club
That Amazing Place
The Coach House, Marks Hall Estate
The Compasses at Pattiswick
The Essex Barn at the White Hart
The Essex Golf and Country Club
The Kings Oak Hotel
The Old Parish Rooms
The Old Rectory
The Rochford Hotel
The Roslin Beach Hotel
The Warren Estate
Three Rivers Golf & Country Club
Warley Park Golf Club
West Street Vineyard
Woodlands Marquee Lakeside
We hope you find this wedding list a useful resource and remember, when it’s time to think about your wedding music, we can offer you live sax music for your wedding ceremony, drinks reception or evening reception. Call Essex Saxophonists for Hire on 020 8088 0945.
Live music ideas for corporate events
Whether it's a summer corporate event, an awards ceremony, or Christmas party, finding the right live entertainment for your event can be the key to making the right impression. With such a selection of options available, choosing the right live party band or group that entertains your guests may be a bit tricky.
Here are a few ideas to get you thinking:
If you are looking for a bit of class and sense of occasion, you might like the idea of Champagne and canapés on arrival and an upbeat jazz band playing to your guests. At the smaller end of the scale, you could look for a jazz trio or push the boat out with a fabulous swing band. Jazz bands can also cover a wide genre of music, so your guests can enjoy an array of music.
Roaming acoustic bands
It has become popular to hire live roaming acoustic bands. This consists of three of four musicians who move seamlessly around the venue playing their instruments without any amplification. They can either weave in and out amongst your guests, or if it is a sit-down event, they can move from table to table making their way round the entire room. If you want a party atmosphere later, they can play close to the dance floor at the end of the night to get your guests up on their feet.
Ibiza saxophone music
If the laid-back summer Ibiza vibe is what you are looking for, then a solo saxophonist playing the best of Cafe del Mar classics is certain to get people in a relaxed frame of mind. This gentle sound is perfect for corporate drinks receptions or evening functions. A solo sax player is the perfect way to get the ball rolling at your summer corporate party.
Live bands for dancing
Live party bands continue to be a favourite on the corporate function scene, adding heaps of energy and creating a real sense of occasion. The options for function bands are endless, whether you're looking for an almighty 12-piece band, a country style band that will get your guests trying some line dancing, or hiring a band that will play music from a particular decade – the choice is yours.
Mexican themed party with a Mariachi band
Aye, aye, aye! If you are looking for some Latin fun – hire a Mariachi band. Give your guest sombreros to wear, beer or Tequila to drink and some Mexican canapes to eat. With their traditional Mexican music, you’ll certainly create a party to remember!
Tribute bands can be so much fun. Whether it is a music legend that you want to replicate, an era that you want to relive – there is a wide variety of tribute bands that can be hired. What do you think your guests would love?
Whatever you're looking for, we hope that you are able to create an unforgettable event. If you are looking to hire a Saxophonist or a Karen Carpenter Tribute night in and around Essex, please give us a call on 020 8088 0945.
Live sax music for your Christmas party
We love Christmas parties and the amazing atmosphere that they create. Everyone is in good spirts, looking forward to a short break during the festive season with family and friends. At Essex Saxophonists for Hire we love everything about Christmas parties.
If you are looking for live sax music for your Christmas party, we cover:
You can hire either a solo saxophonist, who can play independently or to backing tracks, or hire us to play live alongside a DJ.
If you are looking for a sax band with live singing, we can cover that too.
If your evening is going to start with a drinks reception before the real party starts, we can play traditional Christmas carols upon the guests’ arrival. Later in the evening, we can switch to all the Christmas party favourites. These include playing the classics, to playing fresh, vibrant and upbeat tunes that will satisfy all age groups. We guarantee that your guests will be up on their feet having a blast.
We get booked up very quickly over the festive period, so book your live band for a Christmas party early to avoid disappointment. Contact Essex Saxophonists for Hire on 020 8088 0945. Our Saxophonists travel throughout Essex, London and the other Home Counties too.
Over the last few years winter weddings and Christmas themed marriages have increased in popularity. The options around a winter themed wedding are as vast as a summer wedding and they require just as much advanced planning. For your musical entertainment, Essex Saxophonists for Hire provide the icing on the cake. We can be booked for ceremony music, as well as for the drinks’ reception and after party.
A saxophonist can play easy listening music to welcome the arrival of guests to the ceremony. They can play the song to welcome the bride down the aisle, as well as the melody as the couple leave the ceremony.
Whilst the drinks are flowing, the guests are mingling and the newlyweds are with their photographer, a saxophonist can play music to get people in the mood and warm them up for the party that is ahead.
In the evening, the saxophonist can play along to high-quality backing tracks or perform solo.
If you want to add the wow factor to a DJ set, add a live saxophonist into the mix. Your favourite tunes will be played with a sax flavour that will have your guests singing your praises for holding such a unique party.
All of this provides a cohesive music theme for your big day.
Essex Saxophonists for Hire can be contacted by calling 020 8088 0945.