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Quartet at Central Park

August 24.

Today marked 2 special occasions….my last lesson with the great flute teacher Keith Underwood, and, my last day jamming in Central Park.

Was particularly inspiring studying with Keith again, I had almost forgotteni how open he was to ALL things music, he constantly referring to classical players, jazz players, Cuban players, brass players etc.

Anyways lots learned, lots to practice.

Pic of Keith and I attached.

Headed straight to “the mall” in Central Park to play in the Seth Myers trio led by…….Seth Myers, also included myself and Mark Lockett. We had a good thing going, our trio was highly interactive and tight.

Today was an auspicious day as it was the first day that we had a demo CD available. People often asked if we had a cd….. So we made one.

Recorded in Seth’s apartment, came out very well. A great representation of our trio.

Much credit to Seth, his recording skills, mixing and editing skills, and design skills.

Was a great opportunity to play so often in the park over the summer, helped hone my jazz chops. Many memorable moments…..like today when Mark sat a 3/4 year old girl on the drum stool and helped her play a swing beat with the whole band. Ha. True.


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Paul Van Ross meets Marvin Bugalu Smith

August 19.

Took the Hudson River Line train to Cold Spring today.

Was invited by Rob Scheps to come meet and play with the great drummer Marvin Bugalu Smith.u

What a day it was.

I mean I didn’t really know much about Marvin, but it turns out he played with Archie Shepp, Sun Ra and countless other famous people. Also studied with Max Roach, Elvin Jones and?

Marvin, let’s say is a senior citizen with more energy than two teenagers hitting the drums.

His lounge room is converted into a studio with drum set and microphones for visitors….. He records his jam sessions. What a great hobby.

We jammed for about 3-4hours. 2 saxophones and drums. Had a great hang.

Today Cedar Walton passed over to the other side….. We played a tribute “Bolivia”.( well Rob and Marvin did…. I thought I’d let the masters have the stage for a tribute to Cedar).

Thanks Marvin and Rob.

Rob Scheps played soprano today. I think he has the fattest soprano sound and groove. Check it out on the
recordings……

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Paul Van Ross meets Marvin Bugalu Smith

August 19.

Took the Hudson River Line train to Cold Spring today.

Was invited by Rob Scheps to come meet and play with the great drummer Marvin Bugalu Smith.

What a day it was.

I mean I didn’t really know much about Marvin, but it turns out he played with Archie Shepp, Sun Ra and countless other famous people. Also studied with Max Roach, Elvin Jones and?

Marvin, let’s say is a senior citizen with more energy than two teenagers hitting the drums.

His lounge room is converted into a studio with drum set and microphones for visitors….. He records his jam sessions. What a great hobby.

We jammed for about 3-4hours. 2 saxophones and drums. Had a great hang.

Today Cedar Walton passed over to the other side….. We played a tribute “Bolivia”.( well Rob and Marvin did…. I thought I’d let the masters have the stage for a tribute to Cedar).

Thanks Marvin and Rob.

Rob Scheps played soprano today. I think he has the fattest soprano sound and groove. Check it out on the
recordings……


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Mike Ledonne Groove Quartet

August 20.

After 9 hours in the studio mixing and editing I really needed a rest, however I was keen to see the famed Mike LeDonne groovetet….this was my last chance.

I Wasn’t disappointed.

Vincent Herring – alto sax
Peter Bernstein – guitar
Mike LeDonne – Hammond B3 organ
Joe Farnsworth – drums

Opening number was a groove version of a Michael Jackson hit.

The band was clocked breaking the speed limit with a rhythm changes tune at quarter note = 406….!!!!!! Featuring a memorable drum solo by Farnsworth trading with himself alternating between sticks and brushes.

An emotional gig for Vincent Herring, as his long time friend and boss Cedar Walton had passed away the day before.


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Paul Van Ross records album in New York

August 15.

Well, finally the great day arrived.

Recording in the New York studio for my new album.

A few Australian musicians had recorded with the best of the best in New York before, it’s something I had always dreamed of. You never think you are ready enough. In any case, NOW was the time.

The band was top class:

Ari Hoenig – drums
Mike Moreno – guitar
Matt Clohesy – bass
Paul Van Ross – saxophone / flute

In retrospect it was a well chosen band, not only for their musical talents but because they had played together frequently and had also just been on tour in Europe the week before.

Started the day recording a flute track, a bossa nova which will feature Ari playing the melody on drums.

Midway through the day the ensemble started sounding like a “band”. Lots of interaction, a tight ensemble, everyone listening. This is exactly what I was after!!!!!!!!!! Yeay!

I won’t go into too much detail about the tracks as I don’t want to give too much away. However I will say that:

– Recording and playing with these musicians is probably the highlight of my career.
– I learnt a great deal about being professional and preparing thoroughly for the recording.
– It was inspiring being able to capitalise on individual talents (something Duke Ellington was famous for).
– All musicians wanted to create the best music possible.
– There were NO egos.
– Prior experience in the studio paid off.

Was a sensational day. Wish I could do it again! I’m extremely happy with the recordings.

Thanks to Veronica Hodgkinson Lockett for taking some great photos on the day.

Many hurdles jumped.

I aim to have the album released in early 2014.

Dream came true 🙂


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Paul Van Ross meets Marvin Bugalu Smith

August 19.

Took the Hudson River Line train to Cold Spring today.

Was invited by Rob Scheps to come meet and play with the great drummer Marvin Bugalu Smith.

What a day it was.

I mean I didn’t really know much about Marvin, but it turns out he played with Archie Shepp, Sun Ra and countless other famous people. Also studied with Max Roach, Elvin Jones and?

Marvin, let’s say is a senior citizen with more energy than two teenagers hitting the drums.

His lounge room is converted into a studio with drum set and microphones for visitors….. He records his jam sessions. What a great hobby.

We jammed for about 3-4hours. 2 saxophones and drums. Had a great hang.

Today Cedar Walton passed over to the other side….. We played a tribute “Bolivia”.( well Rob and Marvin did…. I thought I’d let the masters have the stage for a tribute to Cedar).

Thanks Marvin and Rob.

Rob Scheps played soprano today. I think he has the fattest soprano sound and groove. Check it out on the
recordings……