Vibraphonist Joel Ross has been impressing us a great deal in the last couple years. Of course on last year’s Makaya McCraven’s Universal Beings, Walter Smith III & Matthew Stevens’ In Common, James Francies’ Flight and Marquis Hill’s Modern Flows, Vol. 2, and he certainly has been wowing us with his debut album on Blue Note, KingMaker alongside his Good Vibes band of Immanuel Wilkins on alto saxophone, Jeremy Corren on piano, Benjamin Tiberio on bass, and Jeremy Dutton on drums. To remind you of how dope the KingMaker is, Ross just released an interesting video for the single “Yana” check it out below.
KingMaker, the debut album by vibraphonist Joel Ross, is out now on Blue Note Records.
Ross is also continuing a touring schedule this summer…
May 22 – Roulette – Brooklyn, NY
May 25 – Atlanta Jazz Festival – Atlanta, GA
May 28 – Blues Alley – Washington DC
June 4 – Jazz Standard – New York, NY
June 5 – Jazz Standard – New York, NY
July 10 – Pizza Express – London, UK
July 11 – Pizza Express – London, UK
July 14 – North Sea Jazz Festival – Rotterdam, Netherlands
July 17 – Umbria Jazz Festival – Umbria, Italy
July 19 – Plaza de Europa – Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands
July 20 – Plaza de Santa Ana – Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
August 3 – Newport Jazz Festival – Newport, RI
Nextbop Editor-in-Chief Anthony Dean-Harris hosts the modern jazz radio show, The Line-Up, Fridays at 9pm CST on 91.7 FM KRTU San Antonio and is also a contributing writer to DownBeat Magazine and the San Antonio Current.