Known as Canada’s Premier Saxophone Ensemble, Sax Appeal is a unique professional saxophone quartet (comprised of a Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Baritone saxophone) located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Excellent musicians and a great variety of musical styles suitable for any occasion are hallmarks of Sax Appeal. Equally comfortable playing any musical genre ranging from jazz to classical to literally everything in-between, the versatility of this saxophone quartet is unmatched.
From wedding ceremonies, cocktail/dinner receptions and diplomatic functions, to birthdays, Christmas parties and festivals (such as the Ottawa Jazz Festival and the Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival)*, a Sax Appeal performance will leave your guests in awe.
We also offer saxophone duets and trios to make even the most intimate event saxy! Inquire about our special rates for charitable organizations, not-for-profit events and retirement/long-term care facilities.
To make your event truly unforgettable, you need to have an ensemble that is as equally distinctive!
Bring elegance, class and lasting memories to your event with Sax Appeal! As the most extraordinary ensemble in the region, Sax Appeal is transforming the musical landscape in Canada with their distinctive sound, look and feel. When you hire Sax Appeal, you can expect the highest level of musical talent, customer service and organizational skills. Whatever style and feel you wish to achieve for your event, we customize our services to match.
Have your guests talking about how much sophistication a unique saxophone quartet brings to your function! We do everything possible to make sure that your guests are provided with the perfect musical ambiance.
Sax Appeal prides itself by adhering to some basic professional fundamentals:
We will exceed your expectations from a musical perspective. All musicians in Sax Appeal are professionals and members of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada. Everything we play is pleasant to the ear and is sure to impress.
Sax Appeal provides all of its own equipment for an acoustic performance. This includes music stands, lights, saxophone stands and charts. Amplification can be arranged depending on the location and needs of your event.
We will exceed your expectations from an organizational and logistical perspective.
Our presentation is second to none! Depending on what kind of feel you wish to portray, Sax Appeal is comfortable playing in either tuxedos for formal events, or we would be pleased to tailor our outfits to adhere to any other dress code to suit your needs. For example – Having a backyard wedding anniversary party in the middle of the summer and wish us to wear shorts and a t-shirt ? No problem. It would be our pleasure.
Versatility is one of the most important services we specialize in!
We understand the need for flexibility and will always work with you to help make sure your event is a complete success.
Whether you have been organizing your event for a few hours or a few hundred hours, sometimes even the most organized plans need to be tweaked at the last minute. Should any of your circumstances ever change either before or during your special event, we will adapt and work together to provide seamless services so that your needs are not only fulfilled, but surpassed.
Depending on your needs, we can either stand or sit while performing, or even physically move in the middle of a set from one room to another (or even outside) to better accommodate your event.
The founder and leader of Sax Appeal (Jarrod Goldsmith) has many years of unparalleled customer service experience who constantly delivers on his word and provides both prompt and courteous service. Always. Even if this is the first time you are organizing an event or are a seasoned pro, Jarrod will take as much time as necessary to make you feel at ease and confident.
Equally comfortable playing any musical genre ranging from jazz to classical to Christmas and literally everything in-between, the versatility of Sax Appeal is unmatched. Here is a short video sampler.
A Night in Tunisia (Gillespie and Paparelli) * NEW * Take Five (Desmond) * NEW * Fly Me To The Moon (Howard) * NEW * Cantaloupe Island (Hancock) * NEW * Watermelon Man (Hancock) * NEW * Stolen Moments (Nelson) * NEW * Bee’s Knees (Niehaus) * NEW * Three Shades of Blue (Nagle) * NEW * It’s Only A Paper Moon (Arlen) Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Waller) Jump Jive n’ Wail (Prima) Satin Doll (Ellington) Don’t Get Around Much Anymore (Ellington) Stella By Starlight (Young) Night Train (Forrest)
A Night in Tunisia (Gillespie and Paparelli) * NEW *
Take Five (Desmond) * NEW *
Fly Me To The Moon (Howard) * NEW *
Cantaloupe Island (Hancock) * NEW *
Watermelon Man (Hancock) * NEW *
Stolen Moments (Nelson) * NEW *
Bee’s Knees (Niehaus) * NEW *
Three Shades of Blue (Nagle) * NEW *
It’s Only A Paper Moon (Arlen)
Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Waller)
Jump Jive n’ Wail (Prima)
Satin Doll (Ellington)
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore (Ellington)
Stella By Starlight (Young)
Night Train (Forrest)
• Wine tastings
• Art exhibitions
• Fundraising events
• Upscale restaurants
• Military events
• Funeral services
• Religious ceremonies
• Diplomatic receptions
• Retirement Residences
• Remembrance ceremonies
• Christmas / holiday parties
• Graduation Balls and Proms
• Music or other public festivals
• Birthday parties / anniversaries
• School, University & College Events
Or any other event that needs to be remembered!
Sax Appeal is comprised of four local Ottawa-Valley professional musicians who all adhere to the standards of the American Federation of Musicians.
Dave Renaud has been an active musician in the Ottawa region for 34 years. Dave is a “doubler” playing all the saxes, clarinets and flutes. He studied music at both Ottawa University and Humber College. Dave has performed with the NAC orchestra, Ottawa symphony, Gatineau symphony, Orpheus pit orchestra, and countless other diverse show productions. Dave brings diverse experience to the ensemble having played many styles such as Klezmer, jazz, rock, lounge, studio, orchestra, marching band and dance band music.
He teaches and conducts clinics on woodwinds. His band Dr Jazz works for corporate functions and private events. Dave is also a Registered Piano Technician serving a large client base in The Capital Region.
Sandy Gordon is a professional musician. He likes music. He loves playing the saxophone. Playing the sax has given him the opportunity to travel and play all over the world. He has played in pretty much every kind of band out there, including jazz bands, big bands, concert bands, orchestra, blues bands, swing bands, latin, Motown, R&B, Rockabilly, Country, show and parade bands. He is now back in Ottawa and playing with a pretty cool sax quartet called Sax Appeal.
Jarrod has been playing and studying the saxophone for almost 30 years.
Originally from Montreal, Jarrod began playing professionally in High School. While pursuing a B.A. Honors degree in archaeology/anthropology at McGill University, Jarrod studied with the late esteemed Professor Gerald Danovitch and played in numerous McGill ensembles.
Jarrod continued his studies and music while earning a Masters degree in archaeology. During this time, he joined the University of Alberta ‘Jazz Band 1′, and also a hi-octane Latin band called Orchestra Energia that saw him gigging throughout Western Canada.
Upon moving to Ottawa in 2003, he quickly became a regular in the Ottawa/ Gatineau music scene.
Jarrod’s passion for music, organizational abilities and public relation skills make for a perfect combination in creating not only Sax Appeal , but also eSAX (the Entrepreneur Social Advantage Experience); an entrepreneur networking group for startups to create connections, gain knowledge from featured speakers and promote collaboration among regional Chambers of Commerce. Events are held every 3 months to coincide with the provincially funded Ontario Self-Employment Benefit Program (OSEB).
Jarrod has traveled extensively pursuing both music and archaeology across North America, as well as overseas in Japan, South Korea, Israel, and throughout Europe.
Jarrod is an extremely enthusiastic and dedicated communications professional who knows what it takes to make your occasion absolutely shine.
It would be his pleasure to answer any questions you may have (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Sax Appeal is made possible by some extremely talented musicians!
The following is a list of saxophone players (in alphabetical order) who have made sure the show goes on.
Bernard Cloutier, Brian Asselin, Brian Coughlan, Jarrod Goldsmith, Sandy Gordon, Victor Herbiet, Christine Labbé, Yves Lacoursière, Mike Mullin, JF Picard, Gord Price, Dave Renaud, Vince Rimbach, Jason Scott, Gord Smith, Ian Schwartz, Val Suriano, Stefane Trudel, Pierre Vaillancourt.
Thank you, and happy playing everyone!
We look forward to
hearing from you!
To make any event truly exceptional and one to remember, you need to have an ensemble that is as equally distinctive.
You need Sax Appeal!
Eastern Canada’s Premier Saxophone Quartet
Always the right feel with Sax Appeal!
2016 Wildflower Drive, Ottawa, Ontario. Canada K1E 3T1
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