About Bangers & Mashups – professional sax & drums band based in London
Bangers & Mashups is an exciting collaboration of some of the best young instrumentalists of their generation playing their own innovative brand of totally improvised groove music.
Comprised of Bachelor and Masters Graduates from Trinity Laban Conservatoire, this project is as revolutionary in its attitude towards performance as it is unconventional in its line up.
With a completely mobile set up, Bangers & Mashups are able to roam amongst your guests at weddings, corporate events and parties.
The band consists of Ben on alto and soprano saxophones, Greg on Tenor Saxophone, Alex on Baritone Saxophone and Rob on portable, customised drum kit.
Together and individually they have played at venues such as the O2, NIA Birmingham, the Royal Albert Hall, the Union Chapel, the Southbank Centre, main stages at Shambala, Bestival, and Boomtown festivals, and have performed with artists such as Beverley Knight, Lee Ryan and Beardyman.
Bangers & Mashups' explosive performances will leave you always wanting just that.
Greg – tenor sax
Greg graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance with a Bmus Hons in jazz saxophone. Prior to this, he studied at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester on classical clarinet and jazz saxophone.
Greg has been working as a musician for over six years in London, during which time he has performed in an exciting range of ensembles spanning all manner of genres, including the Chaos Orchestra as part of the Chaos Collective, the Matt Robert’s big band, Stompy’s Playground, Barnacles and many more.
He frequently appears at renowned venues, including Ronnie Scott’s, The Vortex jazz club and The Radio One Big Weekender. Greg also regularly features on the popular music scene and has worked with artists such as Jamie Cullum and Ronan Keating, as well as working with many function bands across the U.K. and co-managing The Prototypes Music.
Greg is also an avid arranger, writing and arranging for a wide array of ensembles currently on the musical scene.
Alex – baritone sax
Alex started learning saxophone at the age of 8. Having been inspired early on by late greats of jazz such as Art Pepper, Lester Young and Chet Baker, he has since progressed to becoming a graduate of London's prestigious Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music, led by world-renowned musicians.
Since graduating, Alex now freelances all over South East England and has been lucky enough to perform with many of London's top musicians on the UK scene featuring an eclectic mix of jazz, pop and DJ at venues such as The Piano Works, Park Chinois and The Jazz Cafe.
Alex is the resident saxophonist in club Thirty3Hz in Guildford and regularly performs at 'The Piano Works' in Farringdon. He featured on the album of Niji Adeleye ('Better Days Ahead'), and Natalie May's EP, 'Neo Deco'. Most recently, he has completed a 2-month tour of Germany with 'The Definitive Rat Pack', playing tenor saxophone and clarinet.
Rob – percussion
Rob grew up in South London and studied drum kit and percussion at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance where his teachers included Michael Doran, David Wickins, Roger Beaujolais, Barak Schmool, Dawson Miller, Guy Harries, and Gary Kettel.
He has worked with artists and bands including Wendy James (Transvision Vamp), Isabella Summers (Florence And The Machine), Talk In Colour, Diane Charlemagne (Goldie, Netsky, S.P.Y), London Contemporary Voices, Dionne Bennett (Slowly Rolling Camera), and Mullaha.
Rob splits his time between freelance and session work, and running a unique ensemble; Stompy's Playground. He has performed at the Royal Festival Hall, The Southbank Centre, The Union Chapel, and festivals including Wilderness, Boomtown, Bestival, and Hop Farm.
Ben – alto sax
Ben began playing the Saxophone (as a second instrument) at the tender age of 8, whilst attending the British School of Paris.
On returning to the UK, he joined his local music centre and progressed through the ensembles until he reached lead Alto in the most accomplished big band in the area- the Aylesbury Music Centre (AMC) Big band run by Nick Care.
With the AMC he had the opportunity to play at the Royal Albert Hall, O2 Arena, Birmingham National Indoor Arena, Queen Elizabeth Hall and at the North Sea Jazz Festival with such artists as Peter King, Kenny Wheeler, Johnny Dankworth, Anita Wardell, Norma Winstone, Frank Mantooth and Mark Nightingale to name just a few.
Ben attended the Junior Department at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama from ages 12 to 16 afterwards graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with 1st Class Honours.
In November 2014 he gained a Masters in Jazz Performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London. Now gigging around the London, Cardiff and Leighton Buzzard areas.
"Bangers & Mashups played our wedding reception in Lichfield - was an absolutely brilliant night. All of our guests couldn’t speak highly enough of the music and atmosphere they created. Would highly recommend them for any and all special events!"
– Andrew George Brooks, 15 September 2019, wedding in Lichfield, UK
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"Absolutely fantastic. Can’t recommend them enough. Hired these guys recently for my 40th. Had a great night. The dance floor was never empty. Very professional. Top class."
– Shorn Hurstinio, 22 August 2019, 40th birthday party in Leigh, UK
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"They played local to us on Saturday so we went to see them again. We all had such a great night that we’re booking them for my husband’s 50th next year. Fab band, I highly recommend."
– Sue Kelly, 11 July 2019, pub event in Sutton, UK
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Africa - Toto
Ain't Nobody - Chaka Khan
Sail - Awolnation
Dance Wiv Me - Dizzee Rascal
Summertime (jazz Standard)
Despacito - Luis Fonsi
Gotta Get Thru This - Daniel Bedingfield
Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
Crazy In Love - Beyonce
King Of The Swingers (the Jungle Book)
American Boy - Estelle
Seven Nation Army - White Stripes
Feel Good Inc - Gorillaz
Careless Whisper - George Michael
Crazy - Gnarls Barkley
Rock Your Body - Justin Timberlake
Get Lucky - Daft Punk
Superstition - Stevie Wonder
Treasure - Bruno Mars
Uptown Funk - Bruno Mars
Because I Got High - Afroman
Without Me - Eminem
The Real Slim Shady - Eminem
Don't You Want Me Baby - The Human League
Sweet Dreams (are Made Of This) - Eurythmics
Destination Calabria - Alex Gaudino
Mr Saxobeat - Alexandra Stan
Rhythm Is A Dancer - Snap!
Freed From Desire - Gala
Show Me Love - Robin S
Better Off Alone - Alice Deejay
I Like To Move It Move It - Reel 2 Real
Man With The Red Face - Funkagenda & Mark Knight
Moving Too Fast - Artful Dodger
Finally - Ce Ce Peniston
U Don't Know Me - Armand Van Helden
Rhythm Of The Night - Corona
Give It Up - Kc & The Sunshine Band
Happy - Pharrell Williams
Shape Of You - Ed Sheeran
Use Me - Bill Withers
This Girl - Kungs Vs Cookin’ On 3 Burners
Thrift Shop - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Higher And Higher - Jackie Wilson