Lincoln Ross began in the music business at age 15, shortly before getting his first driver's license. Since then he has had great experiences along the way, including playing trombone with the Count Basie Orchestra as a young man at age 24. Lincoln also recorded an album on a major label in 1975 ("Vibes of Truth"-The Three Pieces / Fantasy 9476), which came about through his association with jazz legend Donald Byrd, as did the Blackbyrd's recording of his original instrumental "Gut Level" (which charted in the top 40 in 1974). He met Donald Byrd as a student at Howard University where he earned a Bachelor's degree in music.
Lincoln Ross played trombone on the smash hit recording "Bustin' Loose" by Washington, DC’s Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers. More recently, Universal Records released a 1973 live recording of Marvin Gaye performing his masterpiece album "What's Going On" at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. Lincoln was fortunate enough to play second trombone for the performance. In addition, Bill Pinkney and the Original Drifters recorded his song "The Same Candlelight", which has been released on the Repete and World Wide Gospel labels.
As a keyboardist, Lincoln accompanied Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes in the 70's and Wilson Pickett in the mid-80's. He has accompanied renowned artists on trombone including Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Sammy Davis Jr., Nancy Wilson, Gladys Knight, Joe Williams, Johnny Taylor, Millie Jackson, and many others. A few years ago, Lincoln recorded with another Washington, DC legend, DJ Kool, whose “Let Me Clear My Throat” peaked at #2 on Billboard’s 1996 Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales Chart. For many years, he played in horn sections for the O'Jays when they were in the Baltimore-Washington area. This was always exciting because the O’Jays were often on shows with R&B legends Earth Wind & Fire, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, the Isley Brothers, the Whispers, and many others.
Harry Coombs of the famed Philadelphia International (Billy Paul, Phyllis Hyman) funded a recording of Lincoln Ross singing his own song, “Sha-Na-Na”, in the 90’s. Lincoln would later serve as producer for the novelty blues song “Sexy Senior Citizen” recorded by Eddie & Denise and the Good Time Band, which received extensive radio airplay. He also produced, arranged, and predominantly wrote songs for “Only Human”, a critically acclaimed CD by Washington DC vocalist, Changamiré. Many of his songs receive international attention and he continues to arrange and produce various projects. But the recent Washington, DC television broadcast of his “Come to Washington” catapulted Ross’ notoriety to new heights, resulting in his performance of the song for the Mayor’s 2007 Inaugural Ball.
Although performing and associating with acclaimed artists is a privilege and an honor, Lincoln Ross’ mainstay has come from a host of wonderful families in the Washington DC area. Weddings, birthday parties, retirement parties, anniversaries, and socials enable him to be true to fulltime musicianship. Too many to name here, these families will always have his sincere gratitude. To sum it all up, he states “I am truly grateful that our Creator has allowed me to pursue the path of the artist by blessing me with wonderfully supportive family, friends and fans.”