Drummer Jamison Ross, a 24-year-old from Jacksonville, Florida, won first place at the 25th annual Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition Finals on Sunday. 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.
Ross is a member of bands led by Carmen Lundy and Wessell Anderson. With his victory, he became just the second kit drummer to win the Monk competition. The contest, jazz’s foremost measure of rising talent, focuses on a different instrument every year, and the only other time it spotlighted drummers was in 1992.
Congrats, Mr. Ross.