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Roxy Coss

Musician/Composer Roxy Coss has become one of the most unique and innovative Saxophonists of her generation, a definitional voice of the Millennial Movement in Jazz. Winner of a 2016 ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award, the 2016, 2015 & 2014 Downbeat Critics’ Polls listed her on the “Rising Star” list for Soprano Saxophone. Originally from Seattle, and now a fixture on the New York scene, she has performed extensively around the world. In January, Coss released her sophomore recording as a leader, Restless Idealism, on Origin Records, featuring 10 original compositions; the follow-up to her self-titled debut, Roxy Coss (2010). Restless Idealism has been met with critical acclaim, and reached #7 on Jazzweek, the US Nationwide Jazz Chart. Downbeat called her “An exceptional young talent”. The Roxy Coss Quintet has performed at many of New York City’s top venues, including The Jazz Standard, Smalls, the Zinc Bar, SMOKE Jazz Club, the 55 Bar, and Club Bonafide. The Quintet was also featured at this year’s Newport Jazz Festival (Newport, RI). Coss has headlined at the famous Jazz Showcase in Chicago, and was a featured artist at the 2015 Ballard Jazz Festival in Seattle. She has performed as a leader at venues across the US including The Nash (Phoenix, AZ), Pastiche (Tucson, AZ), The Royal Room (Seattle, WA), The Triple Door (Seattle, WA), The Side Door Cafe (Old Lyme, CT), The Palace Theater (Waterbury, CT), Libby’s Jazz Club (Jackson, MI), and The Union (Kalamazoo, MI)

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”Coss has been refining a style that is intricate and sincere, intelligent yet accessible.” - BRIAN ZIMMERMAN, DownBeat Magazine

”Easily the next hot modern jazz star for Generation Now.” - Christopher Llewellyn Adams, Cashbox Magazine ”Just like Coltrane, Coss achieves a perfect balance of lyricism and intensity in her improvisations through a superb sense of timing, rhythmic and harmonic structure.” - Wilbert Sostre, All About Jazz ”[Coss plays with the] unassuming clarity and wise restraint of an oldtimer with nothing to prove... I plumb forgot I was listening to a record, swept away on the emotional journey.” - David Wilson, Wilson & Alroy Reviews

Primary Instrument

Saxophone, tenor

Location

New York City

Willing to teach

Advanced only

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Albums

DIVA + the Boys

MCG Jazz
2020

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Quintet

Outside in Music
2019

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The Future is Female

Posi-Tone Records
2018

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Chasing the Unicorn

Posi-Tone Records
2017

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Restless Idealism

Origin Records
2016

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Black Butterfly

Hiptonic Records
2015

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