Jamison Ross salutes Nina Simone, releases a new album and prepares for 2018
Jamison Ross, All For One (Concord Jazz)
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.
Jamison Ross Announces Nina Simone Tribute Performances, New LP
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.
GRAMMY-Nominated Jamison Ross Set to Deliver All For One January 26, 2018
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.
Hear the First Single From 'All For One,' a Soulful New Vocal Album by Jamison Ross
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.
Singing Drummer and Rising Jazz Star Jamison Ross Plays Aspen
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.
Jamison Ross - A Star On The Rise
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."
Ross captivates sold-out audience at Holland
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.
Jamison Ross: Give the Singer Some
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.
Jamison Ross - Jamison (2015)
By Jennifer Odell
There’s a moment on Jamison, the Concord Jazz label debut from drummer Jamison Ross, where a series of soft, stop-and-start drum rolls ebb and flow to anchor his warm tenor’s wordless, almost devotional vocal melody. Together, his drums and voice create motifs that linger into the next number. In a way, these two tracks represent the heart of the album.
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.