The Shape of Jazz to Come: Artists to Watch in 2019

Drummer Jamison Ross’ astounding musical versatility helped propel him to victory in the 2012 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Drum Competition, for which he was awarded a recording contract with Concord Records. His debut album, 2015’s Jamison, proved just how versatile he truly was. That’s because Ross used the album as an opportunity to showcase not only his astute drumming but also his tremendous ability as a vocalist, a talent that few in the jazz world knew he possessed but were all too glad to discover. (It was subsequently nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album.) Ross’ singing has since become a primary vehicle for his artistic expression, and his follow-up album, All For One, proved once again just how eloquent he can be behind the mic.