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James Bjork

Jazz Saxophone from Richmond, VA - Will travel up to 75 miles
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$150 - $1500 per event
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 his 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, James 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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A GigMasters member for 5+ years
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One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2012!

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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James Bjork was 100% prepared for any and all of my wedding day requests. I especially liked how Mr. James Bjork was communicative from start to end of event. Extra Tip: request his pianist to play along side him! excellent combination!

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I could not ask for a better performer for our special day. Mr. Bjork was professional from our first conversation to the last. He was able to perform all of the songs that I requested and also gave incredible feedback on some of the music decisions. Our guests were very impressed with Mr. Bjork's performance and he made my wedding day unforgettable. I would not hesitate to recommend Mr. Bjork to anyone.

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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
2016
Sep
17
Engagement Party
Midlothian, VA
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
2016
Jun
25
Wedding Reception
Richmond, VA
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
2016
Mar
19
Wedding Reception
Sandston, VA
5:00 PM - 5:30 PM
2015
Sep
19
Wedding Reception
Free Union, VA
6:30 PM - 7:30 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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First Communions
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Family Reunions
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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