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Drummer Jamison Ross Wins 2012 Monk Competition

Runners-up are Justin Brown, Colin Stranahan

Jamison Ross
Justin Brown
Colin Stranahan

WASHINGTON-The drummer Jamison Ross, a 24-year-old from Jacksonville, Fla., won first place at the 25th annual Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition Finals here on Sunday, riding on the strength of supportive grooves and a sturdy feel that is heavily influenced by the rhythms of New Orleans, his adopted hometown.

Having impressed a judging panel of six eminent drummers, Ross will take home a $25,000 scholarship and a recording contract with Concord Music Group.

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