Drummer, composer, and vocalist Jamison Ross shows off his multi-faceted skills in his latest video for “Call Me.” Directed by Laurence Jacobs, the new visuals accompany the tenth track from Ross’ sophomore effort All For One, which was released at the top of the year via Concord Jazz. Featuring a feel-good old school soul vibe, “Call Me” acts as the perfect vehicle to showcase Ross’ abilities as a vocalist, drummer, and songwriter. The new single comes ahead of a busy tour schedule that will see Ross and his band play throughout the United States and Europe from September through October (click here to see if Ross is hitting at a city near you). But before he hits the road, the 2012 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition winner caught up with us to discuss his latest album and how he’s grown since then. Scroll down to watch the video for “Call Me” and read our conversation.
There are plenty of musicals that welcome every bell and whistle that a director can throw at them — shows that, in the spareness of a concert performance, set spectators to dreaming about how gorgeous a full production might be.
Then there are rarer creatures that demand simplicity above all — shows that find their true best form in concert. Jason Robert Brown’s “Songs for a New World” is one of these, currently flourishing in a glorious Encores! Off-Center iteration, savvily directed by Kate Whoriskey at New York City Center. In desperate need of a restorative evening? Here’s one.
Mr. Brown was a floppy-haired 25-year-old when this revue had its Off Broadway premiere in 1995, with him at the onstage piano. A collection of stylistically varied songs that mean to be connected but aren’t, this is the show that added the cabaret favorite “Stars and the Moon” to the canon.
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. WBGO.org has the track premiere for “Don’t Go to Strangers” here.
Now at No. 20, the 12-song Code Noirencompasses the independent artist’s love of jazz, blues, Brazilian samba, African rhythms, pop and other influences as she delivers timely and thought-provoking messages about perseverance (“Live Out Loud,” “Whatever It Takes”), social issues (“Black and Blues”) and love (“The Island, the Sea and You”). Lundy, who wrote or co-wrote and arranged all the tracks and plays keyboards/guitar, is accompanied by musicians Patrice Rushen, Ben Williams, Jeff Parker and Kendrick Scott.
Three Sixty Artist Management has partnered with Afrasia Productions on the release of Carmen Lundy's 15th project, Code Noir. Three Sixty will lead digital marketing and strategy for the indpendent label around the release. "Carmen Lundy is a legend in her own right and I am honored that [Afrasia Productions founder] Elisabeth would include us on this project" said Three Sixty founder, David S. Hargrett.
New Orleans drummer and singer Jamison Ross is a musical alchemist. He takes equal parts past and present sounds with rhythm and melody and creates jazz magic.
Ross performs Wednesday in the Hartley/Vey Studio Theatre at the Shaw Center for the Arts. The performance is part of the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge and River City Jazz Coalition's Jazz Listening Room series. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, plus fees.
Ross, 29, began finding success in music at an early age. The drummer, whose debut release “Jamison” was nominated for a Grammy for best jazz vocal album in 2015, attended music academies from age 11.