Colombia Tour with ClaveMania

July 2015.
It’s wonderful having musician friends that are originally from other countries.. Especially when they are going “home” to visit….which turns into a band tour. Yeah!

For most of the month of July, I spent time in the mountains of Colombia….Pasto to be exact, with my great friends Jonathan & Elizabeth Cohen. I was performing, teaching, doing TV interviews, practising my Spanish, and meeting lovely people.

Here’s a few highlights that made the tour special:

– jamming at the airport with a Colombian sax player

– recording in a studio

 – Teaching teenage saxophone students.
   – Teaching some jazz theory to the local sax players, including the professor at the university.

  – doing a TV interview…in two languages, I’m last (with Spanish overdubs)
– doing music TV program interview (don’t know why I look so drunk in this, I hadn’t touched any).
– adjudicating a local vocal competition…yes that’s right

 – visiting a few local sights.


    – learning how strong the local brew of “Aguardiente” is. 

   – trying to steal back my stage space from a budding 3 year old wanna be musician  

   – learning how delicious blackberry juice is(to expensive to make in Australia). 

   And generally having a great time with my friends.

Thanks Colombia for all the memories. Would love to come back soon.   



ClaveMania play 21st Birthday

June 8, 2014.

Not your typical 21st birthday party.
Venue: Paris Cat jazz Club
Band: ClaveMania
Theme: French colours

A sensational gathering of young intellectuals with a sense of humour.

Very happy with the band performance. Our focus, apart from having a great time, was to play softer with the same simmering energy. After tweaking the PA (which had been masterly tampered with) we successfully entertained the party goers and created some wonderful music at the same time.

A great end to the weekend. Look forward to playing again at open Studio on Friday.

Very glad to catch up with the mother of 21st celebrant early in the night, as alcohol would have made conversation tricky later in the night.

Many thanks to:

Jonathan Cohen – piano
Elizabeth Obando – bass
Damien Ellis – drums
Rodolfo Hachaverria Panga – percussion

Love this band.







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.









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.


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.