The smooth complex sounds of a saxophone tune can really seduce us. The instrument’s overtones appeal to us because it is like the human voice singing. If the soothing tones of one warm sax are pleasing, you can imagine the impact of having a quartet of saxophones in four part harmony. Ottawa’s only premier saxophone quartet, Sax Appeal, delivers dulcet tones for any event, from corporate to wedding events.
Sax Appeal appeared on the scene in Ottawa a little over a year ago. Its founder, Jarrod Goldsmith, explains that this is the fulfillment of a love affair he’s had with music since age 13.
His journey in becoming a full time sax player is a windy road. Jarrod completed a Masters degree in archaeology. He moved to Ottawa and bounced from position to position with the Federal Government never landing a permanent job. Having had enough, he figured that he needed to take matters into his own hands and pursue what he really loved – music.
During those ten years, he played in many bands and got to know the premier players in Ottawa. When it came time to form Sax Appeal, he looked for professional musicians who wanted gigs and would commit to the quartet. Jarrod, on his part, fully engaged himself into making this work by building a business and marketing plan and executing on them.
A year later, Sax Appeal prides itself in having 1000 tunes in their repertoire. This allows them to personalize every event. They can play classical, jazz, or contemporary music. It gives them versatility so that no two gigs are alike. They can easily go from classical music for a wedding ceremony, to background jazz for the cocktail reception.
“We want to add ambiance to an event. People are surprised that we are not loud. That’s because we want to blend in” affirms Jarrod. Because they are acoustic, there is no lugging around of sound equipment or need for power.
Sax Appeal often gets asked if they have a piano player or drummer in the band because a sax quartet is relatively unknown. “No we are just four saxophone players” chuckles Jarrod, “We are creating a market for something people are not familiar with.”
Their bookings are picking up. Currently, they play equally at corporate functions as well as weddings. Jarrod spends lots of time with event planners and networking groups to raise awareness for Sax Appeal.
All the effort is paying off. Sax Appeal is featured at the 2012 Wakefield International Film Festival and on CBC’s upcoming series “Absolutely Ottawa”. Sax Appeal has been chosen as one of the key entertainment acts for the 25th anniversary of the Festival de Montgolfieres otherwise knows as the Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival. Jarrod is excited to play “a mix of tunes that will be sure to bring out ‘oohhs’ and ‘aahhs’ as a perfect complement to the majesty of lift-off.”
Jarrod’s dream is to have Sax Appeal become the premier saxophone quartet not just in Ottawa but in Canada. The seducing sounds played by Sax Appeal along with Jarrod’s passion for the band will certainly propel them in that direction.
Comprised of four world-class saxophonists, the group plays any style from classical to jazz and everything in-between to suit whatever look and feel you need. Sax Appeal is the perfect backdrop to weddings and cocktail / dinner receptions. A short sample of our music can be found here.
Sax Appeal is the best choice for any affair that requires elegant and sophisticated background ambiance music.
When you need to add a unique element to your wedding to make it truly unforgettable, you need Sax Appeal!
The Capital Region’s Premier Saxophone Quartet / Le quatuor de saxophones le plus dynamique en ville
Always the right feel with Sax Appeal / Pour un événement qui a du style, donnez-lui une touche de Sax Appeal