James Bjork

Jazz Saxophone from Richmond, VA - Will travel up to 75 miles
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Hello, and thanks for checking out my page! I am a versatile saxophonist in the Richmond, Virginia area. I earned a B.A Cum Laude in Music from St. Olaf College (MN), where I was student director of its jazz ensemble. Before relocating to Richmond, I have performed Smooth Jazz, Traditional Jazz, Rhythm and Blues, Contemporary Worship, and Pop idioms all around the the Washington DC-Baltimore metro corridor for over a decade. In addition to performing in countless private events, I also performed at the East Coast Jazz Festival and at the Kennedy Center. I have also performed in several large churches in the DC metro area that feature world-class music production. The sound clip of "Takin' it to the Streets" at the MEDIA tab of this profile is an example of what I add to a worship performance.

If you're working with a modest budget, I can provide classy ambience for your event by performing jazz sax by myself along with backing rhythm tracks. The "Love for Sale," "Feels so Good," and "Star Eyes" audio tracks under the MEDIA tab are examples of how this mix sounds. Imagine how this could spice up your reception!

In addition, I am well-connected with numerous other fantastic instrumentalists and vocalists, and can line up one of my many skilled pianist associates to form a duet. I strongly recommend this for weddings. For an even fuller live sound, I can configure a trio with piano and upright string bass (sound clip at MEDIA tab). If you like the kick of jazz drums, I can also assemble and lead a jazz quartet as well as an entire 19-piece jazz orchestra (big band) with vocalists.

My' PA system can expand as needed with multiple, linked 1000-watt powered loudspeakers. This setup will enable my sound (whether with tracks or a jazz combo) to fill all but very large ballrooms.

Please take a moment to check out my sound clips in the AUDIO tab. I am always aware that most events for which I play are once-in-a-lifetime for the client, and are not "just another gig," and this attention to detail is reflected in my feedback. Please give me an opportunity to perform for your special event!
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Christening

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Everyone loved James!! He was magnificent!!! I would strongly recommend James and look forward to having him play again at a future event. I have to honestly say that his performance has been the best that I have experienced and I've attended many events. If anyone is looking for an awesome saxophonist who can keep your guests of all ages entertained, James is your man! We are grateful to James for making this event for our Princess Sarafina( who was baptized and celebrated her 1st birthday) a memorable one!! Many thanks!!! Amy

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Christmas Party

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Totally Flawless, Mr. Bjork is so professional and so accommodating. My guest was literally blown away with his performance of the sax. He played wonderful melodic melodies of Christmas and religious songs. Oh what a beautiful time. James is on the top of my list for any occasion. I feel like I hit the lottery when Mr. James Bjork came into my home and performed for 30 of my closest friends for a sit down meal, amazing. Don't even hesitate to select James for an event you will truly do yourself a favor just to have him. It was my honor and pleasure Mr. Bjork, Thank you

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Birthday Party (Adult)

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James Bjork did a wonderful Solo Saxophonist (with back up rhythm tracks) performance for our Surprise Birthday Party. He is thorough each step of the way. A bonus to us was in a review of the music for the night, he offered to bring his Clarinet for a portion of the performance. It was absolutely fantastic and a complete hit with the Guest of Honor! James Bjork's write up on gigmasters ~ the professional image, information and music samples online ~ all match who his is when he arrives! This is extremely important when you don't have an opportunity to just drop in on a performance to see for yourself. YES! We would book James Bjork again~without hesitation!

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2017
Sep
2
Wedding Reception
Williamsburg, VA
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
2017
Jul
15
Anniversary Party
Stafford, VA
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
2017
Apr
1
Art Gallery Opening
Newport News, VA
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
2017
Jan
27
Birthday Party (Adult)
Yorktown, VA
4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
2016
Oct
26
Corporate Function
Henrico, VA
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
2016
Sep
29
Grand Opening
Richmond, VA
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
A Night in Tunisia
Jazz Standard
A Time for Love
Jazz Standard
After the Love Has Gone
"Earth
Afternoon in Paris
Jazz Standard
Aint Misbehavin'
Louis Armstrong
Ain't No Mountain High Enough
Michael McDonald
Ain't No Sunshine When She's Gone
Bill Withers
All the Things You Are
Jazz Standard
Alone Together
Jazz Standard
Always and Forever
R&B/Soul
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One Man Band
Jazz One Man Band
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Jazz Saxophone
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Halloween Parties
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Wedding Receptions
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Rehearsal Dinners
Christmas Parties
Grand Openings
Graduation Parties
High School Reunions
Holiday Parties
Trade Shows
Memorial Services
Cocktail Parties
Private Parties
Please note James Bjork will also travel to Highland Springs, University Of Richmond, Mechanicsville, Sandston, Glen Allen, Studley, Chesterfield, Midlothian, Chester, Quinton, Ashland, Hanover, Manquin, New Kent, Rockville, Charles City, Colonial Heights, Hopewell, Manakin Sabot, Doswell, Moseley, Oilville, Petersburg, Crozier, Fort Lee, Aylett, King William, Powhatan, Prince George, State Farm.
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