In 2012, Jamison Ross won the prestigious Thelonius Monk International Jazz Competition, which was held for drummers that year. Winning this competition lands the champ a record deal with Concord Music Group, where the hottest new name in jazz gets to show off his (or her) chops that so impressed the Monk judges, with the resources and stature of a major jazz label behind this winner.
Sensational, young jazz players are emerging with each season, so much so that we were only able to feature a handful of them in our photo gallery “Jazz on the Loose.” There are many other notable artists (beyond the 36 shown in the portfolio) who also deserve to be singled out for praise.
Jamison is the debut of a significant talent. Winner of the 2012 Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition, the singularly entertaining Jamison Ross is a drummer of enormous presence and an irrepressible bandleader, judging from his album release show I attended at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola in June.
There is demand for jazz out in the suburbs, and the venue also seems to draw listeners from inside the city. On Friday, for a concert by drummer Jamison Ross, patrons packed the 40-seat room for the first set and nearly filled the space again for the later show.
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