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JOEL ROSS + The Collective



Joel Ross is “…a breakout jazz star of the moment partly on the basis of his volatile spark and its cathartic release.” (Nate Chinen, NPR). This exceptionally talented vibraphonist, composer and pianist takes the stage with University of Nevada, Reno faculty jazz ensemble, The Collective.

APRIL 23, 2020, 7:30PM
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"The vibraphonist Joel Ross is already widely known as contemporary jazz’s top prospect. Kingmaker, his major-label debut, out now on Blue Note, shows that he has what it takes to build something vital"
The New York Times

"The 23-year-old vibraphonist shines on his debut album, with an approach that feels sly and mysterious... KingMaker is a marvel... one of the most promising albums to have emerged from the jazz world this year, but it’s clear that Ross is just getting started."

"[Ross is a] bright young vibraphonist on his own rocket-like trajectory... he’s somebody I’ll keep my eye on in the coming months."
Nate Chinen, The New York Times

Chicago native Joel Ross has performed with historic and seasoned artists — Herbie Hancock, Louis Hayes, Christian McBride, and Stefon Harris — as well as with cutting-edge contemporaries like Ambrose Akinmusire, Gerald Clayton, and Marquis Hill. Twice selected as a Thelonious Monk Institute National All-Star and a 2013 YoungArts Jazz Finalist, he has performed at the Brubeck, Monterey, Seattle, and Chicago Jazz Festivals; and, at internationally-celebrated venues like Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in New York, SF Jazz in San Francisco, and Club Vibrato in Los Angeles.

Playing the drum kit as early as three years of age, Ross learned other percussion instruments & approaches beginning in grade five, in his tenth year. When starting his work on Vibes, he engaged both classical and jazz works, and did so throughout high school. In his last year there, Ross also began playing the piano in a more serious way.

Ross recently completed a two-year fellowship with the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet in California. Winning first place at the 2016 BIAMP PDX Jazz Festival ‘Jazz Forward’ Competition, he was also a winner of the Keep an Eye International Jazz Award, in Amsterdam. A fitting addition to the Marquis Hill Blacktet — before their 2016 European tour — Ross has just recorded his own debut album “Good Vibes,” to be released in August. He will be performing, also, with his newly minted Joel Ross’ Good Vibes ensemble.

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The Collective

JOEL ROSS Kicks Off The 2020 Reno Jazz Festival Alongside The Acclaimed University Of Nevada, Reno Faculty Jazz Ensemble, The Collective. The Collective, Known As One Of The Most Creative And Distinctive Jazz Ensembles In The Western United States, Features Pianist Adam Benjamin, Bassist Hans Halt, Drummer Andrew Heglund, And Saxophonist Peter Epstein, And Has Released Four Cds (north, Boats, Balance, Once And Again).

Adam Benjamin Is A Grammy-nominated And Critically Acclaimed Pianist, Keyboardist, Composer And Writer Based In New Orleans. Recognized As A “rising Star In Jazz” In Downbeat’s Critic’s And Reader’s Polls For Six Years Running, His Unmistakable Sound Crosses Stylistic Boundaries And Challenges Traditional Notions Of Jazz. He Is A Founding Member Of Grammy-nominated Kneebody, An Electric Quintet Widely Recognized As One Of The Most Unique Ensembles In Jazz Today.

Hans Halt Began Playing Professionally In Buffalo, Ny, And Later Moved To The San Francisco Bay Area Gaining Experience Playing With Top Bay Area Musicians, Including Mark Levine And Pete Escovedo. Since Moving To Nevada In 1985, Halt Has Been An Active Performer And Composer, Including With The Afro-cuban Jazz Group No Comprende, The Ed Corey Trio, And The Collective. He Also Performs With The Reno Philharmonic And The Reno Jazz Orchestra.

Andrew Heglund Has Performed With Jazz Artists Lee Konitz, Cedar Walton, Bobby Hutcherson, Bud Shank, Ravi Coltrane, Robin Eubanks, And Fred Hersch. He Also Performs With The Reno Jazz Orchestra And The Ed Corey Trio; The Reno Philharmonic Orchestra And The Discover Music Percussion Ensemble. Dr. Heglund Is An Active Clinician/adjudicator In The Northern Nevada And Northern California Areas And Organizes The Annual Northern Nevada Day Of Percussion.

Saxophonist Peter Epstein Is Director Of Jazz Studies At Unr. He Began His Career In 1984 In Portland, Oregon Where He Apprenticed With Resident Musicians Nancy King And Glen Moore. After Four Years Of Studying Jazz And Various World Music Genres At California Institute Of The Arts He Moved To New York City And Has Appeared On More Than 30 Recordings. Epstein Has Toured In More Than 20 Countries With Artists Including Bobby Previte, Brad Shepik, Ralph Alessi, Michael Cain, Miroslav Tadic, Medeski, Martin, & Wood, Mike Stern, Steve Coleman, Jim Black, Ravi Coltrane, Uri Caine, Kadri Golpalnath, And Many Others. As A Leader, He Has Released Four Albums. He Holds A Bfa In Jazz Performance From Cal Arts And A Master’s In Music From Unr.

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