Audition Roundup: Jazz, Brass, Vocal Sass...

September 05, 2011

Whilst transitioning to this swanky new website, we were sadly unable to post any of the recent auditions that had been in in the intervening time - so it's embarrassing that we almost forgot to post anything about two brilliant acts that came in a couple of weeks ago to do their thing.

First up were Brass quartet Meridian Brass who, though similarly named, have nothing to do with our other Greenwich based ensemble Meridian Strings... maybe we should introduce them? They could combine to form Meridian Voltron? Or maybe they couldn't.

Meridian Brass Quartet Auditioningin for Sternberg Clarke

Having met whilst studying at Trinity College of Music in 2009, the members of Meridian quickly bonded over a love of Brass Chamber music and have been performing together ever since. The guys were nice enough to treat us to a couple of tunes from their repertoire ranging from rousing fanfares to jaunty Jazz numbers played with their line up of two Trumpets, Trombone and Bass Trombone. It's that wide ranging repertoire that will make them hugely useful for Corporate events; they'd be equally at home trumpeting the arrival of a guest of honour at the Natural History Museum as they would be conjuring up the mood of a thoroughly English Garden Party at an outdoor venue like Kensington Palace.  

Check out Meridian in this audition video

Next up was Singer/Guitarist Jade whose sultry cover version of Marvin Gaye's 'Heard it Through the Grapevine' made everyone sit up and take notice. Jade's beguiling voice is matched only by her nimble, percussive guitar playing that goes far beyond the artless strumming of your average busker. Then again, Jade isn't your average busker, having performed at at venues including The Royal Albert Hall and The Liverpool Echo Arena supporting artists such as Bryan Adams and Van Morrison... kind of embarrassing that we made her play in our dingy little prop cupboard really.

Singer Guitarist Jade during a support slot for the Sugarbabes

Jade's smart, stripped down arrangements of pop and soul classics would make for perfect background music at any corporate event with a sleek, contemporary feel. Take a look at Jade's brilliant Marvin Gaye cover below.

You can also see another video of Jade playing Tracy Chapman's 'Fast Car' here.

For more info on Jade or Meridian, get in touch thorugh the contact section.