University of New Orleans alumnus Jamison Ross has been nominated for a GRAMMY Award for his debut album, “Jamison.”
The drummer, who received a master of music degree at UNO in 2013, released the album this year on the Concord Jazz label.
Ross is known as a master drummer, having won the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition in 2012 while a student at UNO. But this gospel, soul-tinged recording showcases Ross’s vocal skill and songwriting artistry.
A critic for “JazzTimes” in June described Ross as a "singer first" on the album, which he called “lively, eminently listenable music with a kitchen-sink aesthetic.”
Originally from Jacksonville, Fla., Ross was featured in the award-winning film “CHOPS” while a student at the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. He received two undergraduate degrees in music at Florida State University before getting his master of music at UNO.
The artist has collaborated Wes Anderson, Jon Batiste, Henry Butler, Billy Childs, Dr. John, Jimmy Heath, Ramsey Lewis, Ellis Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Christian McBride, Marcus Roberts, Patrice Rushen, Cecile McLorin Salvant and Snarky Puppy, among many others.
Ross is the first UNO Master of Music graduate to gain a Grammy nomination.
The GRAMMYs will broadcast Feb. 15, 7 p.m., on CBS