Roxy Coss

Roxy Coss

photo by Truman Buffett

Tenor saxophone

New York City based Musician, Composer and Educator Roxy Coss has become one of the most unique and innovative voices of her generation. She is currently a member of the Jeremy Pelt Show, and is on Pelt’s latest record (Water and Earth, HighNote 2013). As the leader of the Roxy Coss Quintet, she performs in NYC venues such as Smalls, as well as a weekly residency on Sunday nights at SMOKE Jazz Club.

A native of Seattle, WA, Coss attended William Paterson University in NJ on a full Presidential Scholarship, where she studied with Clark Terry, Harold Mabern, Mulgrew Miller, Gary Smulyan, and Rich Perry, among others. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2008 with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Studies/Performance. Since moving to New York, Roxy has had the opportunity to perform with Clark Terry as a member of the Clark Terry Big Band, Louis Hayes, the Claudio Roditi Big Band, and Grassella Oliphant. She has also performed around the world in places such as Spain, Denmark, Italy, Germany, France, Malta, Scotland, and Switzerland.

In 2012, Coss was selected to audition for the world-renowned Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz for a panel that included Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Heath, Kenny Burrell, and others. In 2011, Roxy was chosen for the highly competitive Jazz Ahead Residency Program at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, and the Steans Institute’s Young Artist Program for Jazz at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago. There she had the pleasure of working closely with Rufus Reid, Curtis Fuller, Nathan Davis, Winard Harper, Carmen Lundy, George Cables, and David Baker.

In 2010, Coss released her debut CD Roxy Coss, featuring all original material. The album was met with high acclaim, and charted on both the Jazzweek and CMJ Jazz Charts for 12 consecutive weeks. Coss is also a committed educator, and currently leads the Jazz Ensemble at Beacon High School in NYC. She also held the woodwind adjunct faculty position at Ramapo H.S. in NJ, and has taught at the William Paterson University Summer Jazz Camp; she was also founder of the Washington Middle School Improv Workshop in Seattle.