An Ottawa saxophone quartet says it’s filling a niche market by offering a different sound.
“Nobody’s ever heard of a group like this. We’re so unique,” said Jarrod Goldsmith, founder of Sax Appeal. “Even in the world, it’s not a very common ensemble.”
Sax Appeal is made up of four Ottawa-area musicians: Orléans resident Goldsmith on baritone saxophone; Mike Mullin from the downtown core on tenor saxophone; Gatineau resident Dave Renaud on alto saxophone; and south end resident Christine Davies on soprano saxophone.
“I’m creating a market for a group like this because nobody’s ever heard of a sax quartet,” said Goldsmith. “We play any genre of music; we’re versatile.”
The group came together two years ago when Goldsmith developed the concept of a sax quartet.
“This is my full time job,” he said. “I work with the best musicians in town.
“When we play, I want to add to the ambiance of the event.”
Sax Appeal has played a number of corporate and private events, including the Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival.
“We played the Muppet Show theme song at the balloon festival for the kids,” said Goldsmith. “We’re versatile; we’re different.”
The group plays everything from classical numbers to jazz pieces, from Celtic to Christmas songs, from funk to reggae and “everything in between” added Goldsmith. “What makes the city vibrant? It’s the cultural life and that involves having live music.”
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
The quartet is a member of four chambers of commerce: Kanata, Nepean, Orléans and Ottawa.
“It’s good exposure. They’re literally the movers and shakers, to use an expression of the Ottawa chamber,” said Goldsmith.
Sax Appeal will play the cocktail hour during the Kanata Chamber of Commerce’s People’s Choice Business Awards gala on Feb. 21.
“Because most of the events we do are private, not many people have heard us,” said Goldsmith. “To actually have them see us and hear us … you have to see it. Because not many people would think four saxophones sound like anything together.
“Sax Appeal is a unique professional saxophone quartet whose specialty is to provide appropriate live background entertainment to enhance the ambiance of sophisticated functions that require the finest of touches.”
For more information, visit saxappeal.ca.