Highly anticipated vibraphonist, Joel Ross is making waves across the nation. The Chicago native has performed with notable jazz musicians that include Herbie Hancock, Louis Hayes, Christian McBride, Stefon Harris, Gerald Clayton, The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and many others. Ross has been twice selected as a Thelonious Monk Institute National All-Star and a 2013 YoungArts Jazz Finalist. He has had the opportunity to perform at the Brubeck, the Monterey and Chicago Jazz Festivals, along with performing at venues such as Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in New York, SF Jazz in San Francisco, Club Vibrato in Los Angeles and a host of others. Recently, Ross completed a two year fellowship with the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet in California. He now is a New York resident attending the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music studying under the direction of Stefon Harris.
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“Ross swings effortlessly on the vibraphone, sometimes opting for a brittle sound reminiscent of Lionel Hampton, other times creating smooth and expressive lines in the vein of Milt Jackson. Yet while Ross’s sound is grounded in tradition, his rhythmic approach is very contemporary—intensely syncopated and excitingly abstract.” —Kevin Laskey, The Jazz Gallery
“[Ross is a] bright young vibraphonist on his own rocket-like trajectory,...he’s somebody I’ll keep my eye on in the coming months.” —Nate Chinen, The New York Times