The winner of the 2012 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Drums Competition is also a winning vocalist, as he demonstrated on his 2015 debut album Jamison on Concord Jazz. “At the time I recorded that album, people knew me as a drummer,” he recalls. “They didn’t know I could sing, and I wanted to merge my gifts.” A native of Jacksonville, Fla., Ross began his music journey at his grandfather’s church, where he sang and played drums. He continued to study music at Douglas Anderson High School and subsequently earned a Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Studies at Florida State University.
Albums, chansons, révélations, concerts… Voici ce qui a le plus marqué les membres de notre rédaction en 2018. Première partie.
• Thirdstory / “Cold Heart” (Verve)
• Seinabo Sey / “I’m A Dream” (Saraba AB-Universal)
• Delgres / “Mo Jodi” (Pias)
• Jamison Ross / “All For One” (Concord)
• Cedric Burnside / “Benton County Relic” (Single Lock)
• Walter Wolfman Washington / “My Future Is My Past” (Anti-)
• Janelle Monáe / “Dirty Computer” (Warner)
• The Marcus King Band / “Carolina Confessions” (Fantasy)
The Offbeat Magazine 2018 Best of the Beat Awards named Jamison Ross and his latest release, All For One, in the following five categories: Album of the Year, Best Contemporary Jazz Album, Best Contemporary Jazz Artist, Best Male Vocalist & Best Drummer. Voting runs through January 15th and is open to the public. Visit www.Offbeat.com to cast your vote.
Jamison Ross at the Little Gem Saloon: It’s natural that one might expect a tribute to the late great vocalist, pianist and composer Nina Simone to feature a female singer. This night in the intimate setting of the Little Gem Saloon, Jamison Ross showed that a heartfelt, emotional delivery was what it takes to put Simone’s hits across. With Ross simultaneously playing drums and pianist Shea Pierre and bassist Max Moran, the trio wowed the packed room.
Modern Drummer magazine nominated Jamison Ross in their Up & Coming category for their 2019 readers poll. The nomination comes just a few months after the magazine featured Ross in it’s June 2018 issue. Voting is open to the public and is open December 1 to December 24. To vote visit https://www.moderndrummer.com/2019-polling-form/.
In 2009, Jamison Ross participated in the prestigious Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program, an educational residency for promising young jazz artists. Among the notable artists serving as auditioners/panelists was vocalist Carmen Lundy, who approached the nineteen-year-old drummer. But rather than offering educational guidance, Lundy extended her hand and asked, “Do you have a card?”
Jamison Ross was named the winner of the Rising Star - Male Vocalist category in the 2018 Downbeat Magazine Critics' Poll. The August issue of DownBeat has features on numerous winning artists as well the complete results for each category, listing more than 1,200 artists who received votes in the Critics Poll.
Jamison Ross, 30, is the bright young star of American jazz right now. A drummer and vocalist, Ross won the Thelonious Monk Jr international jazz competition award early on and his 2015 album Concord Jazz was nominated for a Grammy. Satish Padmanabhanmet him in New Delhi where he was the marquee performer at the Jazz India Circuit organized by Teamwork Art. Excerpts from the interview:
He's casting a spell on the world with his effortless fusion of the two cardinal constituents of music - rhythm and harmony. His compositions have the precision of a metronome and have enough room for imaginative improvisation. So when American drummer-vocalist and Grammy nominee Jamison Ross played at One Golden Mile at the culmination of Jazz India Circuit's 2017-18, he introduced many in the Capital to his unusual combinations of instrument and style. His powerful vocals are a result of growing up in a family deeply rooted in music. With a singer-pianist for a father and his grandfather and uncle being musically inclined, Ross started singing when he was three-years-old, heavily influenced by the gospel he heard all around.
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.