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.
Earlier this year his record (titled ‘Jamison’) was released and this time it was his singing that caught the ears of critics and jazz fans, alike. And now he’s been nominated for a ‘Best Jazz Vocal Album’ Grammy award.
In this live Studio Session hosted by Abe Beeson, you’ll hear (along with three terrific songs) an extremely talented, genial young man talking about finding his was as a musician and about the astonishing fact that he originally had no plans to sing on this new record. It’s a good thing he changed his mind. Whether or not he wins a Grammy this time, he’ll have plenty of opportunities to do so in the years to come as he continues his ascent to jazz stardom.