November 22, 2013
There are three new-ish faces in the Sternberg Clarke offices and to get them used to the swashbuckling life of an entertainment agent, we made them swashbuckle us up some new auditions and write a swashbuckling post about them for the blog. Preferably about 300 swashbuckling words please. Last time it was Emma Jane who grasped the blog cutlass by the handle with a post on Singer Guitarists, this time it’s Chloe auditioning a gaggle of Jazz Singers, read on for her thoughts. No more swashbuckling to be honest, it was more of an opening paragraph kind of thing.
We’ve recently been lucky enough to have some fantastic Jazz singers come in and audition for us. Monday mornings don’t usually start with an upbeat live performance of “The Girl from Ipaneama” or “Signed, sealed delivered”, however after witnessing these, I can highly recommend it if you get the chance. Not only were we all humming the jazzy tunes for the rest of the day, I felt the need to indulge in throwing some shapes at my desk and tapping any surface in the style of a virtuoso percussionist. After the auditions, we were all left feeling up beat and raring to go – so my advice is to cut down on the office coffee round and listen to a little Jazz instead!
We started with Helen Burnett who showed off her luscious tones with easy listening numbers such as “Come fly with me”, Jazz Duo The Mood Swings turned the office into a jazz lounge with Norah Jones ‘Don’t know why’, Jo Arthur made us smile with her rendition of… “Smile” and Urban Blue Music got the party started in the office with everyone tapping their feet to “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”.
Jazz vocalist Deborah Carew performed accompanied by an electric guitarist, giving usa sultry rendition of ‘ Aint Misbehavin’, Rosalie transported us to a smoky 1920’s bar with her jazzy rendition of “ Blame it on my Youth”
All in all, these auditions have made me appreciate the power of Jazz and how it can turn the steeliest of moods into a toe tapping, smiling character! These acts achieved the impossible by transforming our offices into what felt like a party at one of London’s up and coming Jazz bars. I’d happily recommend any of these acts to set the mood as a background act or to take centre stage and get any party started!