|This biographical article relies on references to primary sources. (May 2010)|
Ross playing in Buenos Aires, Argentina
January 16, 1979 |
St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
|Genres||Funk, Rock, Jazz, Hip hop, Gospel, Country|
|Occupations||Trumpeter, Arranger, Composer|
|Associated acts||Dave Matthews Band|
Rashawn Ross (born January 16, 1979) is an American trumpeter and arranger from St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. His contributions in the Dave Matthews Band as a touring member have gained him visibility. Ross is an accomplished session musician. Ross has worked with artists in many different genres of music ranging from funk, rock, jazz, hip hop, gospel and country music. Some of the notable artists with whom Ross has supported include Yerba Buena, Soulive, Lettuce, and DJ Quik.
Career and work with the Dave Matthews Band
Ross attended the Berklee College of Music from 1996–2000. On June 18, 2005, Ross first appeared on stage with the Dave Matthews Band, performing "Louisiana Bayou" from the album Stand Up. He continued to appear sporadically throughout 2005, with his workload increasing as the tour progressed. Initially, he joined the band on the road for the December 2005 final run of the tour, culminating in a 12 song appearance at the final stop of the tour. In 2006 Ross joined the band full-time on the road, performing at all full band tour dates of the year, as well as contributing backing vocals as his contributions increased by the tour's end. Ross has appeared at every performance since 2006 as trumpet player and background vocals. As of April 2013 Ross has appeared with the Dave Matthews Band for 440 shows (since 2005). Through 2009 Rashawn was a touring member, but for 2010 he is not notated as an additional musician on the published set lists of the band. Fans[specify] assume this to mean Rashawn is now a full-time member of Dave Matthews Band, especially since he is now featured in full band promotional photographs.
Some of the other artists he has performed with include: The Fugees, Maceo Parker, Christian McBride, Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, Willie Nelson, The Edge, Rodney Jerkins, Christina Milan, Fred Hammond, Sean Paul, Roy Hargrove, Nicholas Payton, Questlove, Common, Pharoah Monch, Mark Batson, Robert Randolph, Doug E. Fresh, B Real, Chingy, Nate Dogg, Kim Burrell, Richard Smallwood, Kelly Price, James Hall[disambiguation needed], Meshell Ndegeocello, The String Cheese Incident, Baaba Maal, Taj Mahal, Warren Haynes, Lettuce, and Femi Kuti.
In 2010, Ross lost nearly 100 pounds, after struggling with his weight for many years.
With the Dave Matthews Band
Weekend on the Rocks 2005
The Best of What's Around Vol. 1 2006
Live at Piedmont Park 2007
Live at Mile High Music Festival 2008
Europe 2009 2009
Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King 2009
Live in New York City 2010
Live Trax Vol. 15 2009
Live at Wrigley Field 2011
Away from the World 2012