Meet Ross

Sydney-based entertainer Ross Middleton is one of Australia’s most talented and versatile saxophonists who loves creating unforgettable musical experiences for weddings, corporate events, and parties.

As well as playing solo sax, performing with bands, singing, dancing, and fusing bongos, sax and the flute with his DJ sets, Ross also regularly performs and records with many Australian and international recording artists/touring bands.

One of the most prominent figures in Australian contemporary music

In a career that spans nearly three decades, Ross has established himself as one of the most prominent figures in Australian contemporary music. And like so many other musicians, it all began at church.

“I was inspired at church at a young age by the Morrison brothers. I soon found myself running my own successful jazz band at age 9, which appeared on the Mike Walsh Midday Show and Simon Townsend’s Wonderworld.

“We performed many gigs around Sydney and toured to Melbourne and I went on to win several local talent quests and continued to learn music.

“After completing a Bachelor of Music (majoring in jazz studies) under Don Burrows and George Golla at the Sydney Conservatorium Of Music, earning high distinctions and being nominated for the James Morrison Award for Jazz, I also went on to perform with Don Burrows.

“I love performing live and engaging with a crowd, playing the sax as well as singing and dancing. I work with many vocalists and in many ways my instrument, the sax, is the instrument closest to a vocal.”

Professional skills and qualifications

  • Saxophone and woodwind (Tenor, Alto, Soprano, Flute & clarinet)
  • Vocalist
  • Pianist & Keyboardist
  • Music Producer, Arranger & Songwriter
  • DJ & Sydney’s Nightclub Saxman
  • Studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with honours in Jazz Studies
  • A master of Jazz, Soul, R&B, Funk, Rock & Contemporary House Music

The first choice for major Australian and overseas recording artists/touring bands

Ross is in constant demand with major recording artists, having performed and recorded with many celebrated international and local artists professionally over three decades, such as:

  • Christine Anu
  • Darryl Beaton
  • Denny Hines
  • Jack Jones – Southern Sons
  • James Morrison
  • Jeff “Skunk” Baxter – Doobie Brothers
  • John Stevens – Noiseworks
  • Kalabash
  • Katey Underwood
  • Leo Sayer
  • Euphoria – no.1 dance band in 1990
  • Glen Shorrock – Little River Band
  • I.N.X.S
  • Mark Williams
  • Mig Ayesa (I.N.X.S Rock Star)
  • Percy Sledge
  • Sharon O’Neill
  • Skunkhour
  • The Riva Band
  • Ziggy Marley

Ross has had the pleasure of performing in many shows, including alongside John Stevens, Jack Jones, Doug Parkinson, Glenn Shorrock, Leo Sayer, Christine Anu, Sharon O’Neil, John Waters and others in three of the Let It Be shows.

He was also involved in the music of David Bowie (Ziggy Stardust) featuring Brydon Stace, Jeff Duff, IOTA, Steve Balby and Phil Ceberano, as well as o the music of Meatloaf and Jim Steinman in the Bat Out Of Hell show, featuring Brydon Stace and Virginia Lillye.

Ross also has his own soul jazz band featuring many renowned musicians and singers, performs with Leo Sayer as part of his band and writes all of the brass arrangements for Leo’s music,performs with INXS, is the resident La Fiesta saxophone player and appeared at 2023 Blues Fest with Yirrmal.

You can find out more about Ross’s regular gigs and upcoming performances here or get in touch with Ross to ask a question or make a booking here.