Moving music forward: Drummer-vocalist Jamison Ross to perform in Jazz Listening Room series

New Orleans drummer and singer Jamison Ross is a musical alchemist. He takes equal parts past and present sounds with rhythm and melody and creates jazz magic.

Ross performs Wednesday in the Hartley/Vey Studio Theatre at the Shaw Center for the Arts. The performance is part of the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge and River City Jazz Coalition's Jazz Listening Room series. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, plus fees.

Ross, 29, began finding success in music at an early age. The drummer, whose debut release “Jamison” was nominated for a Grammy for best jazz vocal album in 2015, attended music academies from age 11.

“I grew up in a musical family, but my mom said that if I wanted to be a professional musician, I needed to go to school for it," Ross said.