Grammy-nominated drummer/singer Jamison Ross is proving that he’s not a one-hit-wonder with the release of his latest recording for Concord Jazz. Titled All For One, the winner of the 2012 Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz International Drum Competition, Ross is solidifying his reputation as one of his generation's brightest young drummer/vocalists. Accompanied by pianist Chris Pattishall, guitarist Rick Lollar (both of whom played on the 2015 debut), bassist Barry Stephenson, and Cory Irvin on Hammond organ and Fender Rhodes.
Jamison Ross won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition for the drums in 2012 by playing a reliable hand: He eschewed pyrotechnic displays in favor of a buoyant, catalytic pulse, gently interweaving some New Orleans funk into his standard jazz swing. He was framing himself less as an innovator and more as the guardian of some new, hybridized tradition. Since then Mr. Ross, 29, has recorded two albums, both a mix of originals and covers with heavy debts to the jazz and R&B of the Crescent City, his adopted hometown. On the title track from the second album, he covers a little-known New Orleans R&B gem, superimposing the whirlpool syncopation of an Elvin Jones beat onto what was once a perky doo-wop tune. His vocals verge into a deep croon, betraying influences from all over the map: the jazz singer Gregory Porter, the gospel star Marvin Sapp, and a singing drummer from an earlier era, Grady Tate. G.R.
Although part of winning the 2012 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition — which focused on drummers that year — was a recording contract with Concord Music Group, the label wasn't entirely receptive to Jamison Ross' plans. He wanted to sing on most of the tracks.
"They made me do a demo," Ross says from his home in New Orleans, still a little incredulous.
Expectations—rarely trust-worthy inclinations—were that as the winner of the prestigious 2012 Thelonious Monk Institute’s Drums Competition, Jamison Ross would make his mark in jazz behind a drum set. Well, in many ways he has and he does. However, his vocals stole the show on his self-titled debut on Concord Jazz. The label, which he was signed to as one of the perks for the Monk award, gave him the go-ahead to sing. Smart move.
Since the start of his career in music, Jamison Ross has garnered highly coveted accolades that attest to his abilities as a drummer and vocalist and, ultimately, a jazz musician. He was the winner of the 2012 Thelonius Monk Jr. International Jazz competition and has received a Grammy nomination for his self-titled album released in 2015.
The Exciting Second Chapter In His Spectacular Artistic Evolution As A Singer, Drummer, Composer And Bandleader
For Immediate Release – Whereas Jamison Ross’ GRAMMY®-nominated, vocal-heavy 2015 debut disc, Jamison shocked some listeners who knew him primarily as a drummer, especially after he won the 2012 Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz International Drum Competition, his sophomore disc, All For One, scheduled for release on January 26, 2018 via Concord Jazz, will surely solidify his reputation as one his generation’s brightest vocalists and drummers.
By Nate Chinen, WBGO
Two years ago, when Jamison Ross released his Concord Jazz debut, Jamison, you could have reasonably called it a curveball.
To the extent that Ross was known in jazz circles, he was known as a drummer — and not just any drummer. I first got to know him by watching him take top honors at the 2012 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, prevailing in a heavy field.
By Andrew Travers, The Aspen Times
When Jamison Ross won the Thelonious Monk Institute drumming competition in 2012, it gave him a "golden ticket" to the jazz world. But the young drummer didn't know exactly where he wanted to go.
"What it gets you is notoriety and a platform," Ross, who headlines the JAS Cafe Downstairs at The Little Nell today and Friday, said from his home in New Orleans. "But the catch is, what do you do with that platform? When I got the chance to make a record due to the competition, it took me three years to figure it out."
By KNKX Public Radio
In 2012, at age 24, drummer/vocalist Jamison Ross won the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, without singing a note. After all, it was a drumming competition. Part of the prize was a recording contract with the Concord Jazz recording label.
Few artists can match the raw talent and versatility of Jamison Ross.
He is mainly known as a drummer – even winning the 2012 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competion for drums – but in the following years, Ross has shown to be an accomplished singer, composer and charismatic band leader.