Ian is an accomplished saxophone player and  in demand for session work, bands, corporate and private events.  Over the years Ian has played with many well known bands and amongst others has toured with The Average White Band, Gordon Haskell and Ian Drury's Blockheads.


Ian’s early influences were Motown and Soul records.  In his early days as an emerging saxophonist Ian played in bars and nightclubs playing covers of artists such as Teddy Pendergrass, Wilson Picket and the Average White Band.  As a professional saxophonist Ian has toured with many top names but a particular highlight was touring with Hamish Stuart from the Average White Band and getting to play their hit 'Pick up the Pieces' with him ...a saxophone classic! Ian then took a break and went on to study music formally.  After graduating from U.C.S. he was once again thrust into the world of the professional musician which has took him to many countries and venues and met and played with some amazing musicians .

Ian is able to play many different styles of music from jazz, blues, musical theatre through  to soca, calypso and reggae.  Nevertheless, he has always maintained the feel and sound of those early soul and motown records that set him on the path of a professional musician.  

More recently Ian has been special guesting on saxophone with  Osemundo and his playing always adds a whole new dimension to their appearances.

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