Performing contemporary smooth jazz as by artists David Sanborn, Candy Dulpher, Kenny G, Dave Koz, Boney James, Richard Elliot, Euge Groove, Grover Washington Jr, Gerald Albright, Warren Hill, and many more.
MC personality to engage the audience during performances.
Also an accomplished vocalist singing classic songs from Rod Stewart to Bruno Mars.
My family and I drove all the way from Texas to spend Thanksgiving at Myrtle Beach and since we were near the ocean, I wanted to surprise my husband w/ an unforgettable, romantic 18th year anniversary dinner. I was extremely fortunate to find The perfect saxophonist and may I add that Don did an Exceptional job. He was very professional and played so many classic hits. My husband is a huge fan of jazz and saxophones...Dons gift exceeded my expectations and set a established a very romantic ambiance for our little rendezvous. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening. Thank you so so much. I highly recommend hiring this gentlemen for your next occasion...you will not be disappointed.
Don made our event fun and memorable. He arrived promptly and set up expeditiously. We would book him again in an instant.
Response from Don Colton:
Thank you Leo and Donna. You and guests were so gracious and complimentary. I hope I can be of service to you again.
Don was wonderful. He arrived on time and was very professional. His playlist was exceptional and he received compliments from all my guest. This was my first live performance booking and I was extremely pleased with Don.
Response from Don Colton:
Marcy was The Perfect Host and her guests were so kind and complementary. I handed out many business cards and several CDs. Truly enjoyed everyone there. Hope to provide entertainment for her and any of her guests in the future.
Don Colton AKA The Sax Maniac is amazing! The rating allows 5 stars but if it went to 100, Don would most definitely get it! My daughter was married at Cypress Tree Plantation on Edisto Island, April 28th, 2018. I cannot begin to tell you how beautiful the sax was with Don playing. He is definitely a professional. I had absolutely no idea what GIGSALAD was but put blind faith in Don & His credentials and I am here to tell you – The Best decision EVER! Upon my very first request for information regarding a Sax Player in the surrounding area, Don immediately responded and developed a genuine bond with the bride as well as myself. He was heartfelt in wanting to get to know the bride so that he could provide the quality service to meet our expectations. I promise you Brides – He exceeded it! He arrived early, on time and performed as we requested. We had over 200 guest that complimented and loved his performance. He added such character to the wedding and it was absolutely beautiful... His personality played right in with our family and friends. He is genuine and his work is outstanding. Not only did we get the Best of The Best but we established a friendship and have the upmost respect for Don and his work Ethic. He has the talent, class & personality to provide exactly what you want & need for any occasion. He is The Best! We will be calling on you again Don!
All of our guests loved his rendition of popular tunes turned into jazz. Great job!!!
Response from Don Colton:
What a great performing experience for Ripleys Aquarium. The fish all seemed to be pleased and the flow of compliments was non stop.Thank you to your staff and crew for their assistance. So looking forward to your next events. I will have "Mack The Knife "ready for the sharks !
On time, professional attitude, and great musician. I would recommend to anyone.
Response from Don Colton:
Thank you and your entire staff at Barefoot Church for a wonderful event.
What magical jazzy music at my wedding's cocktail hour! My guests all commented what a cool touch to have sax music playing. Don Colton is extremely talented at what he does with that Saxophone! I would hire him again in a heart beat!
Response from Don Colton:
It was honored to be part of your wedding. Your guests were engaging and complements were meet with hand shakes and nods of approval. Thank you for letting me be a small part of your beautiful day. Congratulations and God Bless.
What to Expect
Don's 30 + years of professionalism is what will earn your respect and appreciation. But when you hear his sound you will fully appreciate his talents. Combine all the above with his personal appeal and you will see why Don Colton has been such a success with thousands of clients, agents, and events. Don has the "it" factor that put people at ease when he performs. His personality and passion to entertain are heard and seen with each note and song.
Saxophones (Alto, Tenor, Soprano, Baritone), Vocals, Keys, Guitar, Entertainer
Don Colton was born in southeastern Iowa. He grew up in a musical family being the fourth generation to perform music professionally. At the age of six he gave his first public performance singing for a small country church accompanied by his three year old sister and mother on the church piano. Growing up, he performed in his church and his parents’ band playing locally. During his high school years he also attended the University of Iowa and University of Northern Illinois music programs.
At 18 he joined the US Army Band and graduated from the Army School of Music. He was lead saxophonist for The First Calvary Army Band at Fort Hood Texas. He performed and was the arranger and producer for the recruiting show band that was featured with Lou Rawls among other national acts while touring.
He has been in the Myrtle Beach area since 1988 where he has been performing and recording with various bands and shows including The Carolina Opry, TKO, a 15 year house band for 2001, Nashville To Broadway Show, The All American Music Theater, performed and recorded two CDs with Heart and Soul, a Carolina beach band that received the 2001 CBMA "Best New Artist" award. He also had his own band Permanent Tourist that has performed locally since 1993. In 1994 he was cast in George Lucas' film Radio Land Murders. It was set in the 1930's where he played as lead saxophonist for the radio stations band. "It was a real acting stretch but I think I captured the part!"
Don now resides in Myrtle Beach, SC performing anywhere live music can be heard.
Don Colton Musical Resume:
Performing History Experience:
1977 - Present: Solo performer saxophones, Lead male vocalist, MC events etc. Various venues, clubs, Private - Corporate Events, Weddings. Recording, writing, arranger for various studios, jingles, artists, shows, and bands.
Jan 2015 -Present Saxophones, Vocals Arranger, MARSHA MORGAN BAND www.marshamorganband.com• 2014 - Present
2014 - Present Saxophines Vocals Arranger. JEBB MAC BAND, www.jebbmacband.com Recorded "Business As Un-Usual" CD at Plaugh's House Recording Studio. Recorded in Kent Wells studio Nashville Tn. 2016. Filmed video for "Sip Of That" in Murrells Inlet 2017.
2012 - 2014 Gary Lowder and Smokin’ Hot Band, Saxophones Horns arranger vocals. Recorded "PLAYING WITH FIRE" CD at Cape Fear Studio.
2011 Recorded arranged saxophones and horns for Josh Brandon Band at Atwater Studios Myrtle Beach SC
2003 – 2010 Carolina Opry, Myrtle Beach, SC. saxophonist vocalist Stage show actor performing variety shows (300+ shows per year)
2009 to present: Saxophones Lead /harmonies Vocalist with PAUL GRIMSHAW BAND, top 40, Pop covers music.
2007 to present: Saxophones Lead /harmonies Vocalist with Who Shot JR.
1998 – 2012: Saxophones Lead /harmonies Vocalist Heart and Soul (winner 2001 “Best New Artist” CBMA Award)
1996 to present: Lead Alto & Tenor books Andrew Thielen Big Band
1996 – 1998: Saxophonist vocalist Stage show actor All American Music Theater performing variety shows (280+ shows per year)
1993-1994 Actor in George Lucas movie “RADIO LAND MURDERS” cast as saxophonist in recurring scenes.
1988 - 1995 Lead vocalist, saxophones, Stage show actor, TKO House band at Club 2001 Myrtle Beach, SC.
1979 – 1985 US ARMY 1st Cavalry Band Ft Hood TX. Lead alto tenor saxophonist vocalist composer arranger.
Recording Studios Experience:
• Morrisound Recording Tampa Fl. 1984-1988 On Call saxophonist.
• Cape Fear Studio Wilmington, NC. 1998 to present. On call saxophonist vocalist.
• Sea Note Studio Myrtle Beach SC. 2001 to present. On call saxophonist.
• David Atwater Studio Myrtle Beach SC. 2011 to present. On call saxophonist, arranger, vocalist.
• Atlantic Coast Recording Studio North Myrtle Beach SC. 2012 to present. On call saxophonist, arraigner, vocalist.
• Plaugh's House Recording Studio. Recorded JEBB MAC BAND "BUSINESS AS UN-USUSAL" CD Saxophones, Horn Arraignments. 2015.
Other qualifications skills:
Proficient in midi recording, computer recording, analog recording.
Organizing and management duties.
Since 1988 Don Colton has been residing in Myrtle Beach SC performing recording as a sought after saxophonist and vocalist for local and regional artists, bands, and theaters. He was even cast in a 1994 George Lucas movie Radio Land Murders, where he played the part of a radio station musician. Having founded and managed several of his own bands he also is active in his community in business ventures, local charities, and any Sunday in church when the opportunity arises. As an active on demand studio horn arranger and recording saxophonist he also is in demand for his trained lead and harmony vocal talents. With Dons formal training combined with his musical and managerial experience, Don Colton has appealed to a wide spectrum in the entertainment industry, and continues to love the challenge of entertaining in a wide variety of roles.
Additional Booking Notes
Full production for up to 300 people with stage lighting available. For larger venues contact for pricing if lighting and sound is needed.
Past Booked Events
|November 24, 2018 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm||Personal Occasion|
|September 09, 2018 • 9:00am - 9:15am||Wedding Ceremony|
|September 08, 2018 • 5:00pm - 8:00pm||Birthday Party|
|May 30, 2018 • 7:30pm - 10:30pm||House Party|
|April 28, 2018 • 4:00pm - 6:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|February 14, 2018 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Holiday Party|
|March 26, 2017 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm||Surprise|
|February 13, 2017 • 6:30pm - 9:00pm||Holiday Party (Other)|
|December 10, 2016 • 11:00am - 11:15am||Fundraiser|
|October 29, 2016 • 4:30pm - 9:00pm||Religious Celebration|
|September 17, 2016 • 6:00pm - 7:00pm||Wedding Cocktail Hour|
Song Title Artist
Ain't Misbehavin Fats Waller
Alleria Rocco Ventrella
Almost Like Being In Love Jazz Standard
Autumn Leaves Brief Jazz Standard
Baby I Love Your Way Big Mountain
Because of You Eric Darius
The Best Of Me Jazz Standard
Big Boss Man Jimmy Reed
Blue Bossa Jazz Standard
Body And Soul Jazz Standard
Breezin George Benson
Brown Eyed Girl Van Morrison
Cameleon Herbie Hancock
Carnival Jazz Standard
Chillaxon Euge Groove
Club At The End Of The Street Elton John
Come Monday Jimmy Buffett
Contact Boney James
Corcovado Jazz Standard
Crazy Willie Nelson
Devil w- a Blue Dress Mitch Ryder Detroit Wheels
Do You Know What It Means Louis Armstrong
Dock Of The Bay Otis Redding
Does Anybody Know What Time It Is Chicago
Domino Van Morrison
Drift Away Dobie Gray
Easy Come Easy Go Paul Hardcastle
Emily Dave Koz
Europa Gato Barbieri
F Blues Blues standard
Fantasy Earth Wind and Fire
Fine Brown Frame Lou Rawls
Fly Me To The Moon Jimmy Sommers
For Sentimental Reasons Jazz Standard
For The Love of You Candy Dulfer
For The rest Of My Life Nelson Rangell
For You Kirk Whalum
Four Jazz Standard
Funky Music White Boy Wild Cherry
Garden Party Jazz Standard
Georgia Jazz Standard
Good Love Young Rascals
Grazin in the Grass Boney James / Rick Braun
Ham Hocks Big Joe & The Dynaflows
Have I Told You Lately Van Morrison
Havin' A Party Sam Cook
Hot Sauce Jessy J
House Of The Rising Sun The Animals
How Sweet It Is James Taylor
I Believe In You Jazz Standard
I Can't Get Started Jazz Standard
I Can't Help Falling In Love With You Elvis Presley
I Saw Her Standing There Beatles
I Thought About You Jazz Standard
Im Waiting For You Jackie M Joyner
In The Mood Glen Miller
It's Alright The Platters
Jambalaya Jazz Standard
Just My Imagination Euge Groove
Key Largo Jimmy Buffett
Killer Joe Jazz Standard
Killing Me softly Walter Beasely
Knock Knock Knockin Jazz Standard
La Dolce Vita Warren Hill
Lisa David Sanborn
Lodi Credence Clearwater Revival
Love Will Follow George Howard
Low Rider Warren Hill
Margaritaville Jimmy Buffett
Meditation Jazz Standard
Midnight Hour Wilson Picket
Miss Jones Jazz Standard
Mohair Sam Jazz Standard
Moonlight In Vermont Jazz Standard
Morning Dance Spyro Gyro
My Devotion Kenny G
On Broadway George Benson
Pacifica Michael Lington
People Make the World Go Round Richard Elliot
Pick Up The Pieces Average White Band
Pick Up The Pieces Candy Dulfer
Push Jackie M Joyner
Push To Start Paul Jackson
Rainy Night In Georgia Tony Joe White
Religiy Euge Groove
Rhythm and Romance Kenny G
Roll With It Steve Winwood
Route 66 Nat King Cole
Ruby Baby Donald Fagen
Same Ole Love Kirk Whalum
Sara Smile Boney James
Sax O Loco Kenny G
Shotgun Jr Walker and All Stars
Silver Lining Dave Koz
Slow Jam Euge Groove
Soul Man Sam & Dave
Soulful Strut Grover Washington Jr
Spin Boney James
Spooky David Sanborn
Stars Fell Brief Jazz Standard
Start All Over Again Delbert McClinton
Stop Look Listen Boney James
Stormy Weather Jazz Standard
Stree Beat Richard Elliot
Sugar Jazz Standard
Summertime Jazz Standard
Sweet Dreams Richard Elliot
Tamara Warren Hill
Tell Me About It Richard Elliot
That's Life Frank Sinatra
Thats The Way love Goes Kirk Whalum
Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye Jazz Standard
Things-Break Jazz Standard
Three Cool Cats Jazz Standard
The Thrill Is Gone Jazz Standard
Tonight We Love Walter Beasley
Try A Little Tenderness Otis Redding
Tupelo Honey Jazz Standard
Unchain My Heart Jazz Standard
Voices Jeff Kashiwa
We Are One Art Porter
We're In This Love Together Al Jarreau
Where Or When Jazz Standard
Wild Nights John Cougar Melencamp
Wine Light Gerald Albright
With This Ring The Platters
Wonderful Tonight Eric Clapton
Yakety Sax Boots Randolph
You Don't Know Me Jazz Standard.
Influences & Inspiration
David Sanborn, Candy Dulpher, Dave Koz. Kenny G. Boney James, Richard Elliot, Grover Washington Jr., Stan Getz, Tom Scott, Spyro Gyro, Average White Band, Tower Of Power, Euge Groove, Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind and Fire, Steely Dan.
120 v 20 amp outlet.