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Tuesday, Dec 8, 2015

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Jamison Ross

About Jamison Ross

The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz introduced Jamison Ross as an incredible young drummer in 2012 after he won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. Three years later, Jamison, his joyous debut, presents him not only as a jazz musician who commands the drums, but also as a gifted composer, bandleader and more pointedly, a singer. Ross’ jazz erudition and his soulful singing mesh superbly.

In fact, Ross sings on ten of the disc’s 12 sensational tracks. “When I won the Monk competition, basically no one there knew that I was a singer,” says 27-year-old Ross, before revealing that he began singing in his grandfather’s church while growing up in Jacksonville, Fla.

After winning the 2012 Monk Competition, Ross toured and recorded with a variety of esteemed jazz artists including singer Cécile McLorin Salvant, pianists Jonathan Batiste, Dr. John and Jon Cleary; and bassist Christian McBride. Ross also continued working with singer and composer Carmen Lundy, who invited Ross to join her band prior to the competition.

Jamison Ross’ Facebook page lists his music as jazz, but he also lists the genres “Feel Good,” and “Joy Music.” That says a lot about how he approaches music making. On his debut album, Jamison, he showcases his talents as a drummer/composer/singer on 12 tracks that are infused with jazz, blues and soul.

What Other People Have Been Saying...

“Ross showcases both his percussion and vocal abilities on a set of emotive gospel- and R&B-infused jazz compositions.” – All Music

“lively, eminently listenable music with a kitchen-sink aesthetic.” -Jazz Times

“a superb and inventive vocalist… There’s some church goin’ on here.” – Offbeat