- 1. Smooth Jazz Medley
- 2. Solo jazz sax with backing track medley
- 3. Feels So Good- (with backing track)
- 4. Live jazz trio with vocalist medley
- 5. Smooth jazz with a spiritual twist
- 6. Takin' it To the Streets- sax solo excerpts
- 7. Mister Magic- Live at Emilio's on Broad St
- 8. Body and Soul (with backing track)
Hello! I'm a versatile saxophonist in the Richmond, Virginia area. I have performed Smooth or Traditional Jazz, Rhythm and Blues, or Contemporary Worship all around the the DC-Baltimore metro corridor before relocating to Richmond. In addition to performing in countless private events, I was also privileged to perform at the East Coast Jazz Festival and at the Kennedy Center. I arrive punctually at each event to perform high-quality listening jazz sax that sets a classy mood. I can perform either by myself along with backing tracks played on a PA loudspeaker system (that I provide at no additional cost), or I can arrange a trio or quartet for clients wanting a fuller sound and ambience.
Regarding James Bjork:
Let me begin by saying that one of the best ideas we had regarding our daughter’s Anniversary Party was hiring James Bjork to play saxophone. What a special treat for our daughter, son-in-law, as well as our guests. James opened the party by playing At Last, as the Anniversary couple entered the room.
James helped to make the evening so special. He was dressed appropriately, arrived early, filled the room with incredible music, and went above and beyond our expectations.
I happen to be an Event Planner and Coordinator, so I have worked with many DJs, Musicians, Bands, and other vendors. I would highly recommend James Bjork to any of my clients, friends, or family. Would I hire him again for any of my special events? Absolutely!
We thank you again, James, for helping to make our daughter’s 10th Anniversary Party a success. The guests were impressed, we were impressed, but most of all our daughter and son-in law were impressed and thoroughly enjoyed your performance.
Roland and Lynnette Wilson
James arrived early and was set up and ready to go before the first guest arrived. He was professional and polite and played beautifully.
He also took requests. He was very good to work with. I would highly recommend him for anyone's special event.
James did a great job for the event! He was timely, personable and very talented on the saxophone. Will certainly be booking again.
James was an amazing addition to my wedding. He played as guests found their seats and throughout our reception. He sent me a list of song choices (which were fantastic) and even played a personal request. He was so good, that at the end of the ceremony - my husband wanted him to keep playing! If you book him, you won't be disappointed.
James was simply wonderful everyone there love him and his performance was great will be hiring him again...
Mr. Bjork, played a very important role in my wedding ceremony. He stayed in contact with my groom and wedding coordinator. He was there I believe 45 minutes early than schedule. He looked professional and sounded awesome. I would hired him again.
James was fabulous! All of my guests enjoyed his smooth tunes. My mother was excited to have live music at her party. He took it up a notch. Thanks!!
So thankful to have James Bjork play at our Housewarming. The guests are still talking about how much they enjoyed his music. Above all he showed up on time, was professional, and friendly. He even accommodated my request to stay longer so the guests could continue enjoying the music. I definitely will recommend him to friends and plan to hire him again for my next big event. Except next time I'll plan to have him perform longer.
James, Bill and Cindy added the perfect touch to my client's VIP Reception. Their professionalism, flexibility and wonderful talent was exactly what we were looking for. We highly recommend that you contact them - you won't be disappointed!!
If you are looking for a true professional that delivers, you need to hire James! He responded to emails promptly, he was on-time with his equipment ready to go and he played some amazing music. He is very talented. I would definitely hire him again for my future award receptions!
James was great. Everything I expected and more. From the moment I requested a quote to the end of the engagement, James was focused on my event. He was a true professional, effective commutator, and most of all an outstanding musician. When I have my next event I will request James' services.
WOW...The only party I have ever thrown is by far the best!
James and his Jazz Ensemble made me look famous.
Very professional and Very Very Jazz Cool....:)
I recommend them 100%
He was the perfect choice for our event. Great talent, wonderful music selection, and easy to work with! We'd engage him again in the future if there's an opportunity!
What to Expect
Whether with a small ensemble or solo with tracks, clients should expect a pleasing-sounding, polished, "user-friendly" listening jazz sax experience that provides a significant measure of ambience to a party. "Jazz" can mean a lot of things, so I assure that my music will sound classy and cerebral, but without distraction for being too dissonant or "out there." You can hear for yourself in my audio clips.
If I am performing alone with tracks, I go from song-to-song in my programmed sets with a few seconds of silence between each song that will enable me to switch back and forth between my tenor sax and soprano sax (Kenny G) if the mood strikes me. I can also play songs from my song list (see this site) on immediate request. My current song list for solo performance features ample jazz and R&B favorites, and I program a nice blend into my sets as desired. Clients seeking a specific song not in my list should contact me in advance to ensure that I can locate a suitable backing track (or sheet music if needed for a trio/combo).
I will communicate promptly in advance of the performance regarding all details (such as attire), and will arrive with ample time for setup before the scheduled start time.
While I can perform a few zestier pop/R&B classics in my solo performance sets, my solo act or small ensembles are not well-suited or intended to be a full-blown, high-energy "center-of-attention" spectacle that interacts with an audience. Clients are recommended to hire an actual party band with vocalists for that, or at least a piano-bar type witty pianist who encourages the crowd for "Sweet Caroline" sing-a-longs, etc. My musical services are all about adding a touch of class to an event where people want to still be able to hear each other over a glass of wine.
I am a formally-trained 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. From 2000 to 2014, I performed Smooth Jazz, Traditional Jazz, Rhythm and Blues, Contemporary Worship, and Pop idioms all around the the DC-Baltimore metro corridor, before recently relocating to Richmond. In addition to performing in countless private events, I also performed at the East Coast Jazz Festival and at the Kennedy Center. Finally, I regularly 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" in this promo page on Gig Salad is an example of my playing during in a worship performance.
I am well-connected with numerous other fantastic instrumentalists and vocalists to enable me to configure a jazz combo for your occasion. For example, I can line up one of my many skilled pianist associates to form a jazz duet. For an even fuller live sound, please consider letting me assemble a versatile trio with piano and upright string bass (sound clip also available here). If you like the kick of jazz drums, I can also assemble and lead a jazz quartet as well.
Alternatively, if you're working with a modest budget, I can still provide classy ambience for your event by performing jazz sax by myself along with backing rhythm tracks. The "Body and Soul,""Feels So Good," and "Star Eyes" audio tracks available here are examples of what this sounds like-- a BAND, even though it's just me. Imagine how this could spice up your reception! My PA system can expand as needed with multiple, linked 1000-watt powered loudspeakers. This setup will enable my saxophone sounds (whether with tracks or a jazz combo) to fill a small to medium-sized modular ballroom.
Finally, are you worried about putting money down on one of those "flaky musician types?" Fear not. I also hold a Ph.D. in Neuroscience (day job). Therefore, I'm a precise "detail-oriented" kind of guy. I simply have played the sax pretty much my whole life.
Please take a moment to check out my music clips. I look forward to performing for your event. Contact me today!
Additional Booking Notes
I'm a person who leaves nothing to chance. For every performance, I bring in my vehicle both a primary and a backup powered loudspeaker (for backing tracks), microphone (if needed), ipod/m3 device, sets of connector cables, and even a second sax! As long as I'm vertical and in one piece, you WILL have a performance! I do not own or provide any special lighting, and my performance will require an electrical outlet for my backing-tracks loudspeaker, or for bass and keyboard amps if I'm recruiting and leading a trio or quartet for your event. I can also use a smaller battery-powered amp (that many street "buskers" use) that can't get quite as loud if no electricity is available.
Past Booked Events
|October 20, 2017 • 8:00pm - 9:30pm||Anniversary Party|
|June 30, 2017 • 8:30pm - 10:30pm||Corporate Event|
|April 15, 2017 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|February 11, 2017 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm||Birthday (Adult)|
|February 11, 2017 • 6:00pm - 9:30pm||Holiday Party (Other)|
|December 17, 2016||Wedding Ceremony|
|October 15, 2016 • 11:00pm - 11:30pm||Birthday (Adult)|
|October 08, 2016 • 5:00pm - 7:30pm||Birthday (Adult)|
|May 20, 2016||Wedding Cocktail Hour|
|December 31, 2015||Holiday Party (New Year)|
|December 16, 2015||Holiday Party (Christmas)|
|December 12, 2015||House Party|
|October 31, 2015||Wedding Cocktail Hour|
|October 10, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Stafford VA|
|October 10, 2015||Anniversary Party|
|May 23, 2015||Wedding Reception|
|April 14, 2015||Other|
|December 13, 2014||Holiday Party|
|December 06, 2014||Holiday Party|
|November 27, 2014||Private Party|
|September 14, 2014||Public Event|
|March 01, 2014||Church Service|
|February 10, 2014||Corporate Event|
|February 04, 2014||Awards Night|
|December 28, 2013||Wedding Cocktail Hour|
|December 15, 2013||Funeral Service|
|November 23, 2013||Birthday Party|
|October 19, 2013||Wedding Ceremony|
|October 18, 2013||Wedding Ceremony|
|October 12, 2013||Private Party|
|August 31, 2013||Birthday Party|
|July 20, 2013||Wedding Reception|
|July 13, 2013||Wedding Cocktail Hour|
|May 14, 2013||Wedding Reception|
|May 10, 2013||Private Party|
|February 27, 2013||Corporate Event|
|January 18, 2013||Private Party|
|January 12, 2013||Private Party|
After the Love Has Gone Earth, Wind, & Fire
Ain't No Mountain High Enough Michael McDonald
Ain't No Sunshine When She's Gone Michael Jackson
Always and Forever Luther Vandross
At Last Etta James
Because You Loved Me Celine Dion
Canteloupe Island Herbie Hancock
Don't Know Why Norah Jones
Fly Me to the Moon Frank Sinatra
For You I Will Monica
Forget You! Cee Lo Green
Georgia On My Mind Louis Armstrong
God Bless The Child Blood, Sweat and Tears
I Heard It Through the Grapevine Marvin Gaye
I Wish Stevie Wonder
If You Don't Know Me By Now Harold Melvin/Simply Red
Let's Get It On Marvin Gaye
Let's Stay Together Al Green
Mercy Mercy Me Marvin Gaye
My Girl Temptations
Never felt this way Brian McKnight
New York, New York Frank Sinatra
On Broadway George Benson
Proud Mary Tina Turner
Sara Smile Hall and Oates
So High John Legend
Summer Wind Frank Sinatra
Summertime Nat King Cole
The Way You Look Tonight Frank Sinatra
This is it Kenny Loggins
Truly Lionel Richie
Unforgettable Natalie Cole
Watermelon Man Herbie Hancock
We're In This Love Together All jarreau
What a Wonderful World Louis Armstrong
What's Going On Marvin Gaye
When I Fall In Love Nat King Cole
You And I Stevie Wonder
You Are So Beautiful Joe Cocker
You Are the Sunshine of My Life Stevie Wonder
You Bring Me Joy Anita Baker
You're Still a Young Man Tower of Power
Ear-friendly jazz standards:
A Night in Tunisia
A Time for Love
Afternoon in Paris
All the Things You Are
Autumn In New York
Big Easy (Blues In Ab)
Body and Soul
Day by Day
Days Of Wine And Roses
East Of The Sun
Falling In Love With Love
Fools Rush In
Girl From Ipanema
How High The Moon
How Long Has This Been Goin' On
I Can't Get Started
I Cover The Waterfront
I Get a Kick out of You
I Got Rhythm
I Fall in Love Too Easily
I Know That You Know
I Remember You
I thought about you
If I Love Again
If I Should Lose You
I'll Remember April
I'm a Fool to Want You
I'm An Old Cowhand
I'm Getting Sentimental Over You
It Could Happen to You
It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
Just One of Those Things
Love For Sale
Lover [in 3/4]
Lover [in 4/4]
Lover, Come Back To Me!
Lullabye Of Birdland
My One and Only Love
Nancy (With the Laughing Face)
Night and Day
On Green Dolphin Street
One Note Samba
Out of Nowhere
September In The Rain
Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise
Someday My Prince Will Come
Song For My Father
Stella By Starlight
Sweet and Lovely
Switch in Time
Tea for Two
Teach Me Tonight
The Man I Love
The Nearness of You
The Shadow of Your Smile
The Very Thought Of You
The Wind Machine
This I Dig of You
Three Little Words
Time After Time
When The Saints Go Marching In
When You Wish Upon A Star
Auld Lang Syne
Away In A Manger
Baby, It's Cold Outside
Carol of the Bells
Christmastime Is Here
Deck The Hall
Do You Hear What I Hear
Go Tell It On The Mountain
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Greensleeves (What Child Is This?)
Hark The Herald Angels Sing
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
I saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
I'll be Home for Christmas
It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
Jingle Bell Rock
Joy To The World
Let It Snow
O Christmas Tree
O Come All Ye Faithful
O Little Child Of Bethelem
Please Come Home for Christmas
Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer
Santa Claus Is Coming to town
The Christmas Song
The Christmas Waltz
The First Noel
Up On The Housetop
We Three Kings
We Wish You A Merry Christmas
Alabaster Box CeCe Winans
My Name Is Victory Purpose Purpose
Stand Donnie McLurkin Donnie McLurkin
Redeemer Nicole Mullen
Wedding March Recessional
|James Bjork||Self- lead performer|
Influences & Inspiration
Michael Brecker, Kenny G, Richard Elliott, Hank Mobley, Tower of Power, Johnny Griffin