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ABOUT ME

Kit Packham is a singer and saxophonist, well-known as the leader of 7-piece jive and swing band One Jump Ahead. He also performs SOLO with backing tracks and in a DUO format with either piano/keyboard or guitar. There is also scope for a TRIO or QUARTET with the addition of bass and/or drums. This variety of set-ups allow him to play virtually anywhere, even where there's very little space to spare.

Kit's repertoire includes all kinds of jazz, vintage pop, rock'n'roll and blues. His humorous re-written lyrics to jazz standards from the Great American Songbook have proved popular as have his own songs, many of which also demonstrate a dry sense of humour.

When a sophisticated background ambience is required, Kit is happy to play only instrumentals. He frequently does this during welcome drinks or dinner at wedding receptions (where One Jump Ahead might be playing later for dancing). In restaurants and bars he'll more usually sing about two thirds of the music, covering the rest on either alto or tenor saxophone. These proportions can be easily varied to suit your own particular preferences or situation.

He has his own PA and is available for daytime as well as evening bookings right through the week. Kit also teaches saxophone and improvisation skills and is happy to deputise for singers or saxophonists with other bands, being a capable reader and busker on alto, tenor and baritone.

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I specialise in these genres:

  • 50s/60s rock n roll & oldies
  • Swing jazz
  • Sub 50s
  • 60s
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I play these instruments:

  • Tenor saxophone
  • Alto saxophone
  • Vocals
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I am happy to perform at these events:

  • VIP Event
  • Festival
  • Wedding
  • Company Party
  • Private Party
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AVAILABILITY

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Location

I am based in Caterham, United Kingdom.

Travel

Willing to travel nationwide.

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PERFORMANCE OPTIONS

  • Price from £ 200
    Solo

    I try to be flexible to meet clients' requirements as closely as I can. As both a saxophonist and a singer, I'm happy to fulfil a booking solely as an instrumentalist or solely as a vocalist. However, my preference is to mix the two skills together. In general, instrumental music works better as a "background" ambience during a drinks reception or meal when people will be mixing and talking to each other. A vocal set will work better as a cabaret, or for dancing. My vocal arrangements often allow for a short saxophone solo in the middle to provide variety.

    My repertoire includes all kinds of jazz (mainly the Great American Songbook), vintage pop, rock'n'roll and blues. Some of the singers whose material I cover are Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble, Elvis Presley, Louis Jordan, Fats Domino, Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong, Georgie Fame, Nat King Cole, Nina Simone, Chuck Berry, Dean Martin, Van Morrison, Louis Prima, etc. My instrumental numbers come from Duke Ellington, George Shearing, Rodgers & Hart, George Gershwin, Antonio Carlos Jobim, etc.

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TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

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3 Set Lists

Typical dinner/dance event 1
01
various
Pennies From Heaven
02
Drifters
Under the Boardwalk
03
Louis Jordan
Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby
04
Frank Sinatra
Come Fly With Me
05
Ella Fitzgerald
Mack the Knife
06
Van Morrison
Moondance
07
Amy Winehouse
Rehab
08
Eddie Floyd
Knock On Wood
09
Fats Domino
Blueberry Hill
10
Disney soundtrack
Cruella De Ville
11
Chuck Berry
You Never Can Tell
12
various
Kansas City
13
Michael Buble
Sway
14
Sam Cooke
Twistin' the Night Away
15
Disney soundtrack
I Wanna Be Like You
Typical dinner/dance event 2
01
Bill Haley & the Comets
Rock Around the Clock
02
Frank Sinatra
Bad Bad Leroy Brown
03
Tom Jones
It's not Unusual
04
Andy Williams
Can't Take My Eyes Off You
05
Dean Martin
That's Amore
06
various
Fly Me to the Moon
07
Bobby Darin
Beyond the Sea
08
Louis Armstrong
What a Wonderful World
09
Van Morrison
Brown Eyed Girl
10
Frank Sinatra
New York New York
Typical jive/swing dance event
01
Tommy Tucker
Hi Heel Sneakers
02
various
All Right, OK, You Win
03
Fats Domino
Let the 4 Winds Blow
04
Dean Martin
Ain't That a Kick in the Head
05
Ray Charles
Hallelujah I Love Her So
06
Duke Ellington
It Don't Mean a Thing
07
Louis Jordan
Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens
08
Big Joe Turner
The Chicken & the Hawk
09
Bullmoose Jackson
Big Fat Mamas Are Back in Style
10
various
Honeysuckle Rose
11
Louis Prima
Buona Sera
12
Nat King Cole Trio
Hit That Jive Jack
13
Louis Jordan
Saturday Night Fish Fry
14
Chuck Berry
You Never Can Tell
15
Bill Haley & the Comets
See You Later, Alligator