Ross McHenry

Bass player, composer, producer

Ross McHenry is a composer, bass player and record producer whose work forms a part of the ongoing international discourse on creative improvised music, its history and it’s future. His original compositions encompass a broad range of styles including jazz, afrobeat, contemporary electronic and sample based music. Ross’ work reflects the unique and changing cultural landscape of Australian creative music and aims to explore the idea of modern Australian cultural identity within the context of an increasingly interconnected global musical landscape. Known for his work in Australia as the leader of afro-jazz ensemble Shaolin Afronauts and as a solo artist Ross has performed extensively around Australia and traveled the world collaborating with many artists including Mark de Clive Lowe, Myele Manzanza, Marcus Strickland, Corey King, Duane Eubanks, Tivon Pennicott, Eddie Bo and Marva Whitney. Ross has performed at many of the worlds leading arts festivals including Glastonbury, The Sydney Festival, The Adelaide Festival, Womadelaide, Falls Festival, Wellington International Jazz Festival and the Melbourne International Jazz Festival.  

New album Child of Somebody out NOW

Video: Child of Somebody album trailer

Video: | Ross McHenry Future Ensemble Live at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival

“Ross McHenry is a musician of immense talent and vision”

Sound Colour Vibration

“The Future of Australian Jazz”


"Absurdly prolific"

Scenstr Magazine

Winner best Jazz Artist Fowlers Live Music Awards 2014 (South Australian Music Industry Awards)

Winner achievement award for contribution to SA music, Fowlers Live Music Awards 2014


Ross McHenry solo artist - Signed to First Word Records (UK) since 2013

Shaolin Afronauts - Signed to Freestyle Records (UK) since 2011



Mike Bindraban

Chelsea Pachito

Management / Agent Australia

Henry and Holland Agency



Aguilar Amplifiers and pickups (as of August 2016)

Artistic Achievements of Merit and tour history

Relevant commercially released recordings

2016 Ross McHenry - Child of Somebody First Word Records (UK)

2014 – Ross McHenry - Prayers EP (limited edition release) First Word Records (UK)

2014 – Shaolin Afronauts Follow the Path Freestyle Records (UK)

2013 – Ross McHenry Distant Oceans (Debut solo release) First Word Records (UK)

2012 – Shaolin Afronauts Quest Under Capricorn Freestyle Records (UK)

2011 – Shaolin Afronauts Flight of the Ancients

Relevant key performance experience

Performing as Ross McHenry

2016 Melbourne International Jazz Festival

2015 Wellington International Jazz Festival

2015 Stonnington Jazz Festival

2015 Sydney Festival of the Arts

2014 Melbourne International Jazz Festival

2013 Adelaide Festival of the Arts (commissioned work)

Performing with Shaolin Afronauts or other groups

2016 Womadelaide

2016 Stonnington Jazz Festival

2015 Splendour in the Grass

2014 Glastonbury Music Festival (UK)

2011 Womadelaide

2010 The Falls Festival

2010 Big Day Out Festival


2014 Fowlers Live Music Award – Best Jazz Artist Ross McHenry

2014 Fowlers Live Music Award – Achievement award Ross McHenry

2014 Fowlers Live Music Award – Best roots artist Shaolin Afronauts

2012 Fowlers Live Music Award – Best New World Act Shaolin Afronauts

2007 Helpmann Academy Award – Most outstanding jazz bass undergraduate

* Fowlers Live Music Award (Flagship SA music industry award now rebranded as SAM awards)


2015 Freedman Fellowship (Jazz)

2011 ARIA Award

2011 Limelight Award