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Paul Van Ross Trio hit castlemaine Jazz festival

June 7 & 8, 2014.

I took the PVR trio to perform at the first ever Castlemaine Jazz festival. We had three gigs over 26hours, and I was determined to have a great time and show the locals some higher level playing.

What I didn’t realise is that we were the headline act. My good friend and photographer, Michael Teo, had received a call earlier in the week to request the use of one his photos of me playing saxophone for use in the local newspaper.

All three gigs were extremely well attended, audiences loved the chordless trio, a few CDs exchanged hands, and perhaps more importantly my trio helped create a “BUZZ” for the festival.

The weekend was a great mix of jamming, wonderful local hospitality, good coffee (actually YES), maximum use of minimal set up time, and a hilarious catch up with the legendary violinist Nigel MacLean (who explained in detail that “women are on a different trajectory”).

A great country town and successful festival. Look forward to going again soon.

Many thanks to Aaron McCoullough & Daigo Nakai.

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