In 2012, Jamison Ross won the prestigious Thelonius Monk International Jazz Competition, which was held for drummers that year. Winning that competition landed Ross a record deal with Concord Music Group, now the hottest new name in jazz gets to show off his chops with the resources and stature of a major jazz label behind him.
Ross, though, isn’t your typical jazz musician, even among the elite, lofty group that have won this coveted prize. Because, you see, Jamison is not just an excellent drummer, he’s an accomplished vocalist, too, and his debut album that was made possible by his drumming skills became largely a showcase for his singing skills. It’s a little bit of bait-and-switch, perhaps, but Ross isn’t intending to deceive anybody; in fact, he’s eager to show he’s got more going for him than just keeping time.
Refreshing and invigorating, Jamison Ross is the epitome of soul. A composer, arranger, vocalist and drummer, Jamison combines his gifts to present a unique offering to the world of Jazz. His debut release, Jamison, takes listeners on a musical journey that unifies his drumming abilities and vocal gifting.
“…not a single weak moment in this well played, and paced, performance” Soultracks.com