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Prestige Records' 65th Anniversary Party

Jamison Ross performs at the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Drums Competition in 2012.
Jamison Ross performs at the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Drums Competition in 2012.

Like many a jazz label throughout history, Prestige Records was a small, independent company which happened to document greats: musicians like Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins and Thelonious Monk, among others. Last year marked its 65th anniversary.

Among the festivities was a performance led by drummer Jamison Ross. A recent winner of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, the 26-year-old's roots in jazz and gospel give him thrilling chops and unfailing feel. At Jazz at Lincoln Center, Ross' trio took on highlights from the Prestige catalog — specifically, tracks recorded by Rudy Van Gelder, who engineered many of jazz's all-time-great sessions on Prestige or otherwise. Van Gelder was also in the house to celebrate his 90th birthday.

Jazz Night In America airs that set by the Jamison Ross Trio, featuring fellow rising stars Melissa Aldana (tenor saxophone) and Mike Rodriguez (trumpet).

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