For those who tend to think of jazz as the dying music of old people, there is evidence that this is not true. Take a look at Tri-C’s noisy high school all-star jazz program, for example. Or look at someone like vibraphonist Joel Ross, who is about 20 years old, and a rising star in the jazz world that seems to be producing a lot of rising stars these days. (This year’s Grammy for Best New Artist went to jazz vocalist Samara Joy, 23, who will perform at the Tri-C JazzFest in June.)
Growing up in Chicago, Ross was forced to play the vibraphone somewhat against his will – his brother had already taken the drums – but in the end, working with experienced musicians who served as mentors showed him what the instrument was capable of. He released his debut album kingmaker in 2019, followed by Who Are You? with his group Good Vibes in 2020. He has received numerous awards over the past three years and is one of the youngest artists to receive an award from The Jazz Gallery and a spot on the Jazz Gallery All Stars. He is also quickly becoming known as a gifted songwriter, in addition to being a seasoned player with a growing network of collaborators in Brooklyn, where he is now based.
He will perform at the Tri-C Metro Campus Auditorium. General admission is $25; come here for tickets.