Over the past few years, Joel Ross has distinguished himself as a defining voice among a new generation of American jazz musicians, and is building up an increasingly dedicated audience. Ross’s passion for music was awakened as a child in Chicago where he first learned to play various percussion instruments before embracing the vibraphone as his ‘weapon of choice’. At 20, he ventured into the Brooklyn/NYC jazz scene. So far, he has released three highly acclaimed albums on the legendary Blue Note Records, and has performed and/or recorded with greats like Herbie Hancock, Joshua Redman, Peter Evans, Rob Mazurek, Gerald Clayton, Ambrose Akinmusire, Wynton Marsalis, Christian McBride, Immanuel Wilkins, and Makaya McCraven, among others. Ross is not only known for his technical skill and virtuosity but also for the swinging way he presents a mix of his own compositions and works by legendary artists like Benny Golson, Ornette Coleman, and Thelonious Monk. He often transitions among the roles of storyteller, protagonist and supporting character. Inspired by mentor Stefon Harris’ empathetic, whole-self approach to articulation, Ross has adopted an entire ethos dependent on truthful, ongoing communication. Honesty persists throughout his sets. And with each release, he reaffirms a commitment to authentic discourse. Joel Ross Good Vibes is a band that moves audiences and takes them on a musical journey of discovery.
21 October National Opera and Ballet, 22:00 NOB, 22:00