Melbourne based band Vintage Roots are performing live at the Pub with Two Names Friday 24th May 2019 to coincide with the Ballarat Heritage Weekend. Charismatic vocalist Minty D will lead you through an evening filled with nostalgic pop tunes performed in a Jazz style that will have audiences singing, dancing and interacting in the Rockwiz inspired “Popkwiz”. We asked Paul Van Ross who plays saxophone and flute for Vintage Roots – the band, a few questions about what makes Jukebox Jazz a unique style of live Jazz performance.

JAZZ series Q. Tell us about the “Vintage Roots” band. How long have you been redefining pop music in vintage styles? Tell us also more about your band members.

Paul Van Ross A. About 4 years now. We’ve worked with a few vocalists in that time, each bringing their own strengths to the repertoire.

Vocalist Minti D – is a graduate from WAPA and regularly performs with and Andrews Sisters cover band called the Pacific Belles.

Stephen Grant – (piano) is a talented multi-instrumentalist equally comfortable on piano, trumpet, saxophone or accordion. A regular performer with The Syncopators band.

Damien Ellis – (drums) performs all over Melbourne and is a full time teacher at famed DrumTek. He often visits New York for further study.

Phil Rex – (double bass) is renown in Melbourne for his solid bass lines and blisteringly fast fingers. He is in high demand for International touring musicians. Phil also works as a sound engineer.

Paul Van Ross – (sax/flute) is a talented wind specialist who has studied in New York & Cuba. Frequently found dancing Salsa and blowing some memorable solos. “On ballads Paul could wring a tear from a walnut.”

JAZZ series Q. What pop songs, eras and styles can the audience expect?

Paul Van Ross A. We’ve got some Blondie, Ian Moss, Beatles, Hall & Oates, Hunters & Collectors, Madison Avenue and a lot more. You could expect to hear some Stride, Trad Jazz, Swing, Latin and Bossa Nova.

JAZZ series Q. Is this Vintage Root’s first performance in Ballarat?

Paul Van Ross A. Yes, indeed, we look forward to performing in Ballarat for Jazz Series.

JAZZ series Q. What’s your favourite thing about Ballarat?

Paul Van Ross A.The Begonia Festival – where I have performed previously. Beautiful.

JAZZ series Q. What’s the best thing about live jazz performances?

Paul Van Ross A. Interaction of the band members and I love the audience reaction to our arrangements of the pop songs. So many stunned listeners.

JAZZ series Q. What live music performance made a lasting impression on you and why?

Paul Van Ross A. Vintage Roots were inspired by a YouTube video that had a Vintage trad jazz take on the classic Bon Jovi hit “Livin’ On A Prayer.” We think it’s a terrific idea of spreading the jazz love through other “non-jazz” repertoire.

Come along to the PWTN (Pub with Two Names) for a night to remember. Dinner bookings are available between 5-7pm but be quick as it’s become one of Ballarat’s premier food destinations. The PWTN is located in the heart of Ballarat in Mair Street opposite the Ballarat Civic Hall.