Chicago native Joel Ross has performed with historic and seasoned artists, such as Herbie Hancock, Louis Hayes, Christian McBride and Stefon Harris, as well as with cutting-edge contemporaries like Ambrose Akinmusire, Gerald Clayton, and Marquis Hill. Twice selected as a Thelonious Monk Institute National All-Star and a 2013 YoungArts Jazz Finalist, he’s also had the opportunity to perform at the Brubeck, Monterey, Seattle, and Chicago Jazz Festivals and at internationally celebrated venues like Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in New York, SF Jazz in San Francisco, and Club Vibrato in Los Angeles.
He started playing the drums at the early age of three, but also learned other percussion instruments & approaches beginning in grade five, in his tenth year. When starting work on the vibraphone, he engaged both classical and jazz works, and did so throughout high school. In his last year there, Ross also began playing the piano in a more serious manner.
Ross recently completed a two-year fellowship with the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet in California. Winning first place at the 2016 BIAMP PDX Jazz Festival ‘Jazz Forward’ Competition, he was also a winner of the Keep an Eye International Jazz Award, in Amsterdam. Ross has just recorded his own debut album Good Vibes, due to be released in August, and has started performing also with his newly minted Joel Ross’ Good Vibes ensemble – named after the album.
JOEL ROSS ‘GOOD VIBES’
Joel Ross: Vibraphone & marimba
Immanuel Wilkins: Alto sax
Jeremy Corren: Piano
Kanoa Mendenhall: Bass
Kush Abadey: Drums