Ross Middleton put his hand up to start playing an instrument at school when he was only 7, but by the time they got to ‘M’ for ‘Middleton’ all the instruments had been given out. Luckily for us, he did so well at his studies that eventually the school managed to find him a saxophone. It was almost bigger than him, but he didn’t care. He started his own jazz band at 9 and won a string of talent quests and performed on the Mike Walsh midday show.
By the time he was 18 Ross was considering studying medicine when he heard that he had won a place at the Sydney Conservatorium. He spent three years there, majoring in jazz, graduating with high distinctions and earning himself a nomination for the James Morrison Award. It’s no surprise, then, that Ross quickly became established as one of Sydney’s best and most versatile musicians.
He’s played with just about everyone: he’s just played the ARIAS with INXS, and has toured with artists including James Morrison, Ziggy Marley, Christine Anu, Skunkhour, Glen Shorrock and, most recently, Leo Sayer. He also gives solo sax and flute performances around Sydney and the other capitals and last year toured with the Let it Be 2010 and Ziggy Stardust shows.
If he’s not playing saxophone (or flute, or keyboards, or doing vocals) Ross will be in the studio or in nightclubs around Sydney, as a DJ.