Jazz drums: an espresso with Adonis Rose

May 14, 2020

Jazz drums…


Adonis Rose is the drummer and the director of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. He won a Grammy Award and has performed at many major jazz festivals. Luca Vantusso interviewed him.

> Luca Vantusso

Adonis Rose in a few words.

I would say that I’m a versatile drummer and musician that fully supports the objectives of projects that I’m involved with. I strive to be a great leader and I learn from the input and criticism of others. 

What made you desire to direct instead of playing in the band?

I conduct the orchestra but I play drums with the band also. Part of our mission is to preserve and educate people about New Orleans music and culture, which also includes musicians. I wanted to give drummers opportunities to learn how to play in a big band and show them that drummers can be leaders. 

What is jazz today, in your opinion?

Jazz has always been about cultural expression and the ability to do that through improvisation. It means the same now as it has in the past. 


How did you choose, arrange and write songs; and how do you choose the musicians you play with?

I choose music according to the concept ideas that I’m working on. Song selection includes titles, style, rhythmic content, mood, song keys and other factors. The NOJO is comprised of musicians that have been in the band for many years so I don’t have to choose new musicians most of the time. When I bring in special guests I look for artists that are a good fit for what we do musically and institutionally. 


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