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Jamison Ross grew up going to church with his grandfather in Jacksonville, Florida. The gospel music he heard there stuck with him and by high school, he was studying jazz drumming.

Ross continued his jazz studies as an undergraduate at Florida State University and as a master’s candidate at the University of New Orleans. He settled here, and in 2012, he won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition for drumming and signed with the storied Concord Jazz label.

“At the time, people knew me for my drumming,” he recalls. “They didn’t know I could sing.”

That changed in 2015, when Ross’ debut album, “Jamison,” earned a Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Vocal album. In 2018, he released a follow-up, “All For One,” which takes his audience further into his sonic world and explores themes of empathy and compassion. It’s a strong step forward for one of New Orleans’ most promising musicians.