Session Musician, Recordings and Gigs
In recent years Sarah's been active mostly in reggae music.
As a musician playing mainly saxophones, flute, and clarinet.
As an overdubs engineer recording herself and others on horns, vocals, and voiceovers.
Over the past few years she has played live shows with artists including Big Youth, U Roy, Janet Kay, Carroll Thompson, Susan Cadogan, Tippa Irie, Johnny Osbourne, The Pioneers, The Aces, Glen Washington, Derrick Morgan, The Cimarons, Dave and Ansel Collins, Owen Gray, Rhoda Dakar, Neville Staple and Roddy Radiation (ex Specials), Levi Roots, Lloyd Brown, and with Christopher Ellis supporting Damien Marley. She’s played in party bands Havana Nights and Motown Nights, and also as a solo performer.
She played live on Kool FM radio in Kingston Jamaica with Dennis Alcapone and Winston Reedy, on BBC London Robert Elms show with Susan Cadogan, and on David Rodigan's BBC 1Xtra show with Lloyd Brown.
She's mainly been busy recording horns in her home mini - studio, for many artists and producers including Sanchez, Luciano, Dave Barker, Ansel Collins, Carroll Thompson, Mafia and Fluxy...
She has played many styles including salsa, son, ska, reggae, merengue, hi-life, hip hop, house, lounge, rock, orchestral pop... She also dabbled in various other musical tools (bass, percussion, vocals).
She also has several production and co-production credits under her belt.
She's played in her current hometown London, at venues including The Jazz Cafe, The O2, Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, The Roundhouse, The Scala, Hammersmith Apollo, Hackney Empire, The British Film Institute, Fabric, Barbican, Ocean, the V & A, The 100 Club, Ronnie Scott's, Ministry of Sound, and was the first live musician to play the Miniscule of Sound...
English events she has played at include Glastonbury, Boomtown, Latitude, The Big Chill, Notting Hill Carnival, Boss Sounds, The London International Ska Festival, One Love Festival, Secret Garden Party, Shambala, Skamouth, British Independent Film Awards, Bestival...
She has played in Britain, Ireland, Spain, France, Germany, Czech Republic, Sweden, Norway, Belgium, Italy, Sicily, Poland, Austria, Denmark, Lithuania, Louisiana, Texas, Bahrain, Ghana, Gambia, Jamaica, the Caribbean Sea and Russia.
As well as the traditional stage settings, and with DJ's on the dance floor, Sarah has played in art galleries, in street bands, in shop windows, on boats, cruise ships, and buses, on a steam-powered merry-go-round, in the middle of a lake, under the trees, on hilltops, strapped in a chair up in the air, as a party walkabout as pop up sax in a bin, and at all kinds of special events and ceremonies...
"BIG UP SARAH TOBIAS
*****YOU HAVE JUST GOT TO COME AND LISTEN TO THIS LADY PLAY LIVE..."
live review, 2015
"5 out of 5 stars
Perfect summer soundtrack
Solid gold instrumental reggae - glorious summer listening. Supertalented multi instrumentalist doing her own thing - highly recommended."
amazon customer review, 2016
"Love it....You're a legend"
remote recording session client , 2016
Sarah was absolutely wonderful, I couldn’t have asked for more. I asked if she could play music outside of her normal routine, which she did and was brilliant! hugely recommend her, made my wife's day.
surprise sax at wedding anniversary 2019
"A consummate professional. I cannot recommend Sarah enough. I have recently worked with her on what I deemed to be a very challenging and unorthodox script. To say that her performance was exceptional was an understatement. She did everything I could have asked for and more. Highly recommended."
recommendation for voice acting 2019
“Your playing was fantastic, the ambience that you made just took our celebration a step up and made it all so much more tasteful and fun. Thank you so much”
surprise party sax , 2019
“Gwaan Sarah! You're the best!”
“Keep on doing what you're doing... When you get into the music, and blow that horn, Sarah, you give the music wings and it flies on the wind...”
Recording AND Live Performances With
Janet Kay, Carroll Thompson, True Identity, Soca Divettes, Luciano, Ken Boothe, Dennis Bovell, Vin Gordon, Susan Cadogan, Johnny Osbourne, Matic Horns/Henry Matic Tenyue, Patrick Anthony Tenyue, Black Slate, The Aces, Winston Francis, Dennis Alcapone, Winston Reedy, The Cimarons, Little Roy, Dave Barker & Ansel Collins, Mafia And Fluxy, African Headcharge, The Blackstones, George Peguero, The Irrepressibles, Lloyd Brown, Johnny Orlando, Mass Producers, iGospel, Wayne Marshall, Levi Roots, Delroy Pinnock, Peter Hunnigale, John 'Nardo' Bailey, Ras Elroy Bailey, Jah Bunny, Ozi Ozaa, Joy Mack, Barry Dread, Vivian 'Sugarlove' Jones, Nick Welsh, Aleighcia Scott, Starkey Banton, Teshay Makeda, James Shepherd, Amaziah Rose, Mad Professor and Joe Ariwa
Live Performances Include
Big Youth, U Roy, Marcia Griffiths, Sir John Holt, Derrick Morgan, Dawn Penn, The Pioneers, Tippa Irie, Daddy Freddy, Horseman, Glen Washington, Floacist, Sylvia Tella, Barry Biggs, Junior Marvin, Owen Gray, Earl 16, Rhoda Dakar, Neville Staple Band+ Roddy Radiation, J.C.Lodge, Lorna G, Jennie Matthias, Mica Paris, Don Ricardo, Ruffcut Band, Christopher Ellis, Lov'ella Ellis, Troy Ellis, Georgia Ellis,The Incredibly Strange Film Band, Massive All Stars, Funmilayo, Anselmo Netto, Suggs, Anthony Johnson, David Angel, Trevor Walters, Peter Spence, John McLean, Aysha Loren, Havana Nights, Motown Nights
Recording Credits Include
Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee, Ossie Thomas, Sanchez, Diggory Kenrick, Prince Fatty, Che'Nelle, Takatsuna Mukai, Yazid Fentazi, Badji Bahri, Iqula, Keety Roots, Winston Edwards Studio 16, Vybz Cartel
A selection of people who have recorded in her studio
Dennis Alcapone, The Blackstones, Winston Reedy, Vin Gordon, Ras Elroy Bailey, Patrick Tenyue, Trevor Edwards, Joy Mack, Folo Graff, Marla Brown, Takatsuna Mukai, Yazid Fentazi, Ozi Ozaa, Eugene Paul, Empress1, Neville Noyan, Preacher Aldread, Koichi Sakai, Vivian 'Sugarlove' Jones