Winner of the 2012 Thelonious Monk Competition for Drums, Floridian Jamison Ross has recorded two albums of soulfully swinging jazz that feature both his in-the-pocket drumming and sweet, R&B-crooning vocals. A recent appearance at New York’s Jazz Standard found him directing the rhythm from his kit while singing over his fiery quartet like a contemporary Jackie Wilson.
“I’m not a trained singer, it just came upon me,” the 32-year-old Ross said after the gig, acknowledging that as a youth he sang in church and with his family, “but drums were always my first interest. I also played piano in my grandfather’s church, then in college I played bass gigs. I toured with Jon Batiste playing all of that.”