Simon Marsh

Saxophones, Woodwind, Arranger

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UK-based session musician, performing Saxophones, Flutes & Clarinets with top UK & international musicians, for live gigs, West End theatres, orchestras, tours, television, sessions for commercial artists and films. Specialist in tracking up solos, big band saxophone sections & woodwind ensembles.

Since moving to London in 2007, I have been fortunate enough to work with some of the finest artists & ensembles, including Quincy Jones, Shirley Bassey, Gary Barlow, Beverley Knight, Chita Rivera, Joss Stone, Gloria Estefan, Petula Clark, Alan Silvestri, Ronan Keating, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Britten Sinfonia, and to have recorded in studios such as Angel,Abbey Road, Air Lyndhurst & British Grove, for top commercial artists, TV productions and films.

I am a member of the Louis Dowdeswell big band; much of his music can be found on youtube or the album "High Score". I am proud to have played all of the saxophone/woodwind parts on most of the tracks. For an example of my saxophone section work, these are a worthwhile reference.

Here is a list of the instruments I play:
Soprano, Alto, Tenor & Baritone Saxophones
Eb, Bb and Bass Clarinets
Concert, Alto and Piccolo Flutes.

Comfortable in most genres & styles. Highly in-demand specialist for big band, swing, 1930s dance band, New Orleans/Chicago jazz and ragtime.

Services include (but are not limited to):
Sight-reading musical notation, jazz, pop, classical;
Improvisation in any style. I have perfect pitch, which enables me to work quickly (and not necessarily with the aid of notation or chord symbols);
Arranging (including horn lines, full band and vocal arrangements);

Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.


AllMusic verified credits for Simon Marsh
  • Bastille
  • Bing Crosby
  • London Symphony Orchestra
  • Six
  • Toby Marlow
  • Lucy Moss
  • Alex Mendham & His Orchestra
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  • Mango
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  • Alex Mendham & His Orchestra
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  • Alex Mendham & His Orchestra
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  • Alex Mendham & His Orchestra
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  • Anthony Strong
  • Patricia Hammond
  • Joe Stilgoe
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Interview with Simon Marsh

  1. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  2. A: It's a very simple tip that I'm sure everyone has heard - just use your ears. If it doesn't sound right, try something different. If it sounds right, then all is good!

  3. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  4. A: I specialise in a few different styles, including big band swing, latin, dance band and ragtime. I am also passionate about more contemporary pop saxophone, and of course I have a deep love of orchestral music, which inspires my flute and clarinet playing.

  5. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  6. A: Versatility.

  7. Q: What's your typical work process?

  8. A: The first step is obviously to listen to the track. This allows me to get a feel for the music as well as noting specifically structure, tonality, time-feel etc. I then proceed to record the necessary parts, whether they be improvised, notated or somewhere in between. I try to do one or two complete passes at first, followed by any drop-ins that may be required. Sometimes it is important to take a break to refresh the ears, before listening back to the parts I have recorded. For improvised parts, I like to send over at least two versions, and await feedback. I am always open to any suggestions from the writer/producer - after all, it's my job to provide exactly what the client wants.

  9. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  10. A: I use a Neumann U87 microphone and a Universal Apollo interface. I frequently make use of UAD virtual pre-amps such as Neve 1073, API vision channel strip and Ocean Way studios reverb. The DAW I prefer is Logic, although I have used Cubase and Pro Tools previously.

  11. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  12. A: I am constantly inspired by my frequent collaborators Louis Dowdeswell & Callum Au. They have a work ethic that matches their innate musical skill and expertise. I am also inspired by musicians and producers such as Quincy Jones, Michael Brecker, David Foster and so many others who have contributed so much to the advancement of music, instrumental technique and music production.

  13. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  14. A: I spend most of my time tracking up multiple saxophones & woodwind (flutes, clarinets) for a wide variety of projects. I also arrange horn lines, string lines and for full orchestra, big band, dance band, sackbut quartet etc.

Terms Of Service

Typically one revision allowed, but this will vary depending on the project. Will provide alternate takes upon request. Turn-around time will vary, but I am able to produce quality parts within hours.

GenresSounds Like
  • Quincy Jones
  • Duke Ellington
  • Tom Scott
Gear Highlights
  • Selmer Saxophones
  • Buffet Clarinets
  • Powell Flutes
  • Neumann U87
  • UAD Apollo
  • Neve pre
  • API
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