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Vibraphone great Joel Ross and his Good Vibes band play Ross’ composition “More?” from his 2020 Blue Note album “Who Are You?” during his performance on September 23, 2022 as part of the 2022-23 Season, broadcast on Fridays Live.
About the concert:
Still in his mid-20s, vibraphonist Joel Ross has earned widespread renown as the most exciting new voice on his instrument. He made his SFJAZZ debut in the Joe Henderson Lab with his long-standing ensemble Good Vibes, featuring saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins, pianist Jeremy Corren, bassist Benjamin Tiberio, and drummer Jeremy Dutton.
Since the 2019 release of Ross’ debut album Kingmaker on Blue Note he’s quickly established himself as a triple threat with a far-reaching vision. More than a commanding improviser, he’s a bracingly thoughtful composer and a bandleader capable of melding his most accomplished peers into a creative communion. A graduate of Stockton’s University of the Pacific, Ross went on to study jazz at The New School. He’s been based in Brooklyn ever since. Mentored by former SFJAZZ Collective vibraphonist Stefon Harris, he’s adopted an emotionally empathetic approach that rings out in every note. Released in April, his third Blue Note album The Parable of the Poet is a strikingly cohesive collection of original tunes exploring themes of doubt, faith, regret and forgiveness.
Ross’ inaugural performance at SFJAZZ included a cross-section of his original compositions, performed by the superlative Good Vibes, who interpret his music with probing intellect and emotional depth.
Joel Ross: vibraphone
Immanuel Wilkins: alto saxophone
Jeremy Corren: piano
Benjamin Tiberio: bass
Jeremy Dutton: drums
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