Jazz, funk, soul, big band, calypso, soca

Who am I and what kind of music can I provide?

Hi there, my name is Adam McCulloch. I’ve been a saxophonist since distant schooldays and have played thousands of gigs and on many studio recordings including with well known bands such as Roxette. I’m based in south-east London/Kent and, thanks to the contacts I’ve built up through years of playing, can organise live music to suit all occasions, from genuine Caribbean steel pan groups, to jazz duos and trios, vibrant funk ensembles, rock bands and jazz swing big bands. There’s also reggae bands, soul, African, chart hits and David Bowie and Van Morrison tribute bands. I’ve played in them all, although my personal specialisation is jazz and jazz funk. I also possess hundreds of horn section charts including calypso/soca classics, Earth Wind and Fire, and Motown, and often put together horn sections for other bands.

Genres covered by Adam

Jazz duo, trio, quartet, quintet etc with or without vocals
Swing jazz (standards by Cole Porter etc)
Big band jazz
Trad jazz
Modern jazz
Jazz funk
Soul
Chart hits
Calypso/soca
Reggae

What kinds of occasions do I provide music for?

Weddings, corporate events, private house parties, birthdays, festivals, pubs and clubs (in this country and abroad). The largest function I’ve played at was with Andy Mitchell’s Big Funk Corp (see Previous Work page) at the NEC Birmingham. The smallest was a small birthday party in somebody’s front room in Peckham.

How far away do I go to play?

I’m based in south-east London and just love playing in Kent, London, Essex, Surrey and Sussex. But most of my gigs are in Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Berkshire! There are no mileage limits but fees are affected by distance travelled. My days of driving a minibus to Edinburgh for a one-nighter for £50 are over!

How much does it cost to hire a band?

Jazz duos from £400
Jazz quartet from £700
Six-piece function band from £1,500
10-piece soca/funk outfit from £2,500

Saxophone lessons

I teach jazz and basic technique (embouchure and fingerings) to budding saxophonists at £30ph. I have plenty of experience with jazz workshops too.

Latest news

March 2019: Latest review by Adam McCulloch published in Jazzwise: Steely Dan at Wembley SSE Arena
November 2018: Latest composition called Wanda Returns, debuted by Mick Collins Legacy Big Band in November 2018.
May 2017: New big band chart completed early May 2017. Premiered at gig at HG Wells Centre by Mick Collins Legacy Big Band on May 1. It’s called Catalina Beach Scene.

Listen to Catalina Beach Scene by Adam McCulloch, performed by A McCulloch and John Donaldson (piano) (Sibelius software version with live piano)
Watch a short video of the duo: Adam McCulloch and Mark Cherrie

Contact

adamsax@livejazzsoutheast.com or amac49@hotmail.co.uk

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