Michael Ross sounds cool at any time of year
Long before he was amassing an impressive catalog of urban jazz gems, opening for Chaka Khan and Patti Labelle, recording with Najee and performing with the likes of Ramsey Lewis and Jonathan Butler, guitarist/composer Michael Ross was staff guitarist for a touring company of “The Wiz”.
The yellow brick road journey is the perfect metaphor for his eclectic musical road that leads now to the release of Four Seasons to Cross, his first album in eight years that alternates between lighthearted, spirited breeziness, whimsical exotica, seductive funk balladry and contemplative cool that reflects a multi-faceted, polyrhythmic journey through the seasons.
From a snappy trip to Rio to a silky seductive tune about winter approaching, Ross invites listeners on a magnificent and inspiring adventure.
Ross, a native of Chicago, IL. was encouraged at an early age to take private guitar lessons at the Chicago School of Music. While advancing his studies in music at Loop Jr. College and Chicago Conservatory of Music, he performed at several of Chicago’s local jazz clubs.
Ross became the staff guitarist for the first New York Broadway National Touring Company’s production of “The Wiz,” that toured across the United States. His sound is true to the heart, going beyond normal boundaries and giving his listeners only the best.
He has composed and produced six solo albums on MIHI Records entitled, “A Special Thing” featuring Saxophonist, Najee. “Reloaded” “Bright Moments Ahead”, “The Last Love Letter” and “We Finally Meet”. These contemporary Jazz CDs displays a smooth, sensuous and exciting touch of artistry that you must hear!
…host of the Just Jazz radio show, writer, and occasional voice over artist.