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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). As a side-woman, Coss has performed nationally and internationally with Jazz greats such as Clark Terry at the world-famous Blue Note Jazz Club, Louis Hayes at historic Minton’s in Harlem, and the Claudio Roditi big band. She has appeared with the Mingus Big Band, which is in residence at the Jazz Standard in NYC, and she has been a regular member of The Diva Jazz Orchestra since 2009. She was in trumpeter Jeremy Pelt’s group from 2012 through 2014, and toured with the MACKTET, led by Pelt and drummer Willie Jones III. She was also featured in the Off-Broadway hit, Maurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life. Roxy graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2008 from William Paterson University with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies/Performance, where she studied with Rich Perry, Gary Smulyan, Rich DeRosa, and Mulgrew Miller. In 2011, she was chosen to participate in both the prestigious Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead Residency Workshop at the Kennedy Center, and the acclaimed Steans Institute Jazz Program at the Ravinia Festival, where she studied with Rufus Reid, Curtis Fuller, Nathan Davis, and David Baker.

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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

Wesley Crispus
saxophone

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Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Disparate Parts

Outside in Music
2022

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Swings Broadway

Diva Records
2022

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The Generation Gap...

Cellar Records
2022

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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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