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Paul Van Ross Latin Project @ Paris Cat Jazz Club

March 14.

Amazing gig at Paris cat tonight for the new Latin Project ensemble with ClaveMania.

This is a new direction in music for me. I wanted to create a local ensemble that could play my original compositions in the style I recorded in Cuba.

The newly formed group “ClaveMania” had just the line up I needed to do this.

A collaboration between myself and pianist Jonathon Cohen meant the concert would have a broad range of compositions.

I was delighted to assist in helping some of latin musician friends get their first jazz club performance.

I will never forget what a wonderful night it turned out to be. A full house set the stage for an electric atmosphere. It brought back some memories if recording in Cuba πŸ™‚

Paul Van Ross – saxophones / flute
Jonathan Cohen – piano
Elizabeth Obando – bass
Rodolfo β€œPanga” Hechavarria – percussion
Damien Ellis – drum set

Thanks for all your support.

Next gig @ Paris Cat May 23rd.

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Del Barrio @ Acqua e Vino

March 2014.

Once again Infamous Melbourne Latin group Del Barrio liven up melbourne’s west with some Salsa @ Acque e vino.

Wonderful atmosphere in this upstairs location. Floorboards, couches, chairs, beautiful day…..what more could you want….Oh Yeah, live salsa!!

A packed house enjoyed dancing away this Sunday afternoon and into the evening.

This band grooves so hard with the right combination if musicians.

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Paul Van Ross records with ClaveMania

Late February 2014.

After many rehearsals and discussions finally the great day came.

The newly formed group CLAVEMANIA record in the studio.

Led by Jonathon Cohen this septet was set to record a whole album over a weekend in the old Atlantis recording studios in Port Melbourne.

The album features all original Latin music.

Was wonderful to be in the studio again with like minded musicians.

Personnel:

Jonathon Cohen – keyboard
Elizabeth Obando – E bass
Toby Bender – drum set / percussion
Rodolfo Hachaverria Panga – percussion
Lazaro Ernesto Numa Pompa – trumpet
Jack Beeche – Alto / tenor saxophone
Paul Van Ross – soprano / tenor saxophone & flute

Extra hand clapping with Tram Nguyen.

And funny thing was we bumped into drummer David Jones who was scouting the area for talent!!

Here’s a clip of the horns rehearsing a tango piece.

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Paul Van Ross recording with David Jones

February 2014.

Turned out to be my pleasure to be in the studio again. Wonderful vocalist Iaki Vallejo had assembled an all star band to record some songs. She had some special arrangements penned by a Columbian musician.

Line up included two Australian music legends; David Jones (d) and Evripedis Evripidou (bass). It was an absolute pleasure watching these two musicians work both in the recording studio and at the mixing desk.

Quite astonishing to find a wonderful studio like this in the backstreets of Moorabin!!!

Look out for the album later in the year….

Personnel:

Iaki Vallejo – vocals
David Jones – drums / percussion
Evripides Evripidou – bass / guitar
David Allardice – piano / organ
Luis – congas / percussion
Paul Van Ross – tenor saxophone
Lazaro Ernesto Numa Pompa – trumpet

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Carlos Navae @ The Penny Black

February 2014.

Fun trio gig at The Penny Black. Was fortunate to be recommended by a wonderful NZ musician to play with Carlos Navae.

A beautiful sunny 40 degree Celsius day meant a sweat Fest but fortunately Carlos had a great vibe and wonderful Latin based hits for us to play.

Was so pleased to know that Rodolfo Hachaverria Panga was playing percussion with us.

Managed to share a salsa dance with a lady in the audience.

Fun times despite the sweltering heat.

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