Jamison Ross

Jamison Ross

A native of Jacksonville, Florida,  Jamison Ross began playing drums at the age of 3.  Deeply rooted in the Pentecostal church, he served as the Minister of Music of his grandfather’s church by the age of 15.  Full of harmony and rhythm, his mom saw the need to nurture his gifts. So she placed him into the Grammy award winning music school in Florida. Attending Douglas Anderson School of the Arts was the perfect mix: the sacred finally got to meet the secular. Upon graduation, Jamison had a desire to further express and develop his love for music.  He went on to graduate from Florida State University with a degree in Jazz Studies and Commercial Music. Over those years, he developed a sincere passion for all genres of music from Jazz, Gospel, Fusion, Alternative Rock, Blue grass, and experimental. Before Jamison left high school, he had already begun to make a name for himself on a regional, as well as, national level.  This continued throughout college.  His notable accomplishments are:

  • Florida All-State Jazz Band Drummer 2003,2004,2005,2006
  • Most Outstanding Instrumentalist Louis Armstrong Award 2002, 2003, 2006;
  • John Philip Sousa Classical Award May 2006
  • Florida FMEA All-state Jazz band 2003,2004,2005 ,2006
  • BRAVO Award- Instrumental Music –Douglas Anderson School of the Arts 11th and 12th grade
  • National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts 2005-2006 (drums)
  • National NAACP ACT-SO Competition- Silver Medalist Award for Music Composition July 2006
  • National NAACP ACT-SO Competition- Bronze Medal Award for Music Vocal Contemporary July 2006
  • Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Competition 1st Place Winner May 2006 (Most Outstanding Percussionist)
  • In 2008, Mr. Ross was invited to the Ravinia Steans Institute for Jazz in Chicago. This is a prestigious invitation only event that features the country’s most talented young names in music.
  • In 2010, Mr. Ross attended the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Residency @ the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition is where the Jazz band of Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, won the America’s best high school jazz band award.  From this accomplishment, film producer, Bruce Broder, created a Documentary entitled CHOPS. This documentary follows the Douglas Anderson Jazz Band’s path to victory. It heavily features Jamison as the spirit and heart of the ensemble throughout the movie along with Wynton Marsalis and many other Jazz greats. Many who have seen the movie credit Jamison for his enthusiastic spirit and amazing skill that arose through a Band who initially were not up to par. CHOPS is available now on DVD and can be purchase via Amazon.com, Netflix, iTunes, or chopsthemovie.com. CHOPS will be in theatre’s the second quarter of the New Year.

Jamison has had the esteemed privilege to work with the following musicians and artists: Marcus Roberts, Jason Marsalis, Rolin Guarin, Wynton Marsalis, Leon Anderson, Paul McKee, Rodney Jordan, Scotty Barnhart, Wyclef Gordon, Ron McCurdy, Ron Carter, Vincent Gardner, Chick Corea, Billy Childs, Ramsey Lewis, George Clinton and the P-Funk, John Reshard, Danny Gotlea, Kevin Bales, Bill Peterson, Marcus Prinup, Kim Burrell, Rufus Reid, Curtis Fuller, Carmen Lundy, David Baker, Calvin Rodgers, Jonathan Nelson, Kim Burrell, Byron Cage, Pastor Lamar Simmons, and many more.


  • August 2006- Present: Lamar Simmons and LFCC
  • May 2010 Toured with Grammy Award winning Gospel Artist Byron Cage
  • June-July 2010 Ravinia Jazz Festival with Grammy Award winning Jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis
  • August 2010- Present: Jazz Legend Carmen Lundy


  • The “GoodBreak” Band (Renegade Records)
  • Brent Clowers “Away” (Independent)
  • Dayve Stewart “Its Christmas Time” (Independent)
  • Lannoris McFadden “The Race” (Independent)
  • Lamar Simmons and Spirit and Truth “Song of the Lord Volume 1” (Independent)

Mr. Ross is currently on Tour with jazz legend Carmen Lundy. The Carmen Lundy Experience just got off of a tour playing prestigious Jazz clubs like: The Blue Note, Village Vanguard, Dizzy’s (Jazz @Lincoln Center) Blues Alley, and Schullers. The Carmen Lundy experience just recently returned from an overseas tour playing the famous Ronnie Scott’s in London as well as the London Jazz Festival. This tour also included such countries as The Ukraine, Russia (Moscow Jazz Festival) as well as Munich, Germany.


  • January 9, 2011 APAP Conference – Hilton Hotel, NYC 1:00 pm & 7:30 pm (20 minute sets)
  • February 4-10, 2011 Detroit, MI – Detroit Institute of the Arts TBD
  • March 2 – 15, 2011 Johannesburg, South Africa – Theatre on the Track 2 concerts
  • April 12 – 20, 2011 Bern Jazz Festival – Bern, Switzerland 5 nights at Marian’s Jazz room
  • June 22, 2011 Newark, NJ – Newark Museum 8:00 pm
  • June 23, 2011 Boston, Ma – Scullers 2 shows
  • July 15 – 19, 2011 Blue Note, NYC 3 nights
  • March 3- 10, 2012 Santa Monica College, CA Workshop and Concert