Saxophonist and Flutist Roxy Coss is changing the face of Jazz with her self-released debut album, Roxy Coss. No longer can you say that the role of Jazz Saxophonist belongs to the traditional male player. Renaissance Woman Coss proves otherwise with truly inspired performances on eight original compositions. “My goal is to explore new musical genres, breaking boundaries and preconceptions of present day music. I want to make music you can feel in your bones, full of honesty, passion, joy and awareness”, says Coss.
Coss is proving to be a breakthrough talent on the New York City Jazz scene, which is arguably the best in the
world. “Coss is head and shoulders above many of the gifted, well-schooled young people who are trying to get a
toehold in the intensely competitive NYC jazz and improvised music scenes. Her multiple talents are worthy of wider
recognition, right now,” said All About Jazz. This album will offer her that opportunity, through a decidedly honest
and innovative product.
All About Jazz also said, [Roxy Coss is] “enterprising, impressive, meticulous, poised, and centered”. These qualities
are clear as she takes a front and center role in the album, without sounding overbearing or overdone. With a strong
vision, she unpretentiously allows the music to develop organically and speak for itself.
Roxy plays Tenor and Soprano Saxophones as well as Flute on the recording, and is joined by Kate Miller on
Trumpet and Flugelhorn, Justin Kauflin on Piano and Rhodes, Ryan Brennan on Guitar, Kellen Harrison on Bass,
and Shawn Baltazor on Drums. This roster is comprised of musicians Coss played with during her studies at William
Paterson University, as well as in her long-time residency at the Manhattan Restaurant 181 Cabrini. The sextet
presents unique, tasteful performances proving that these young and energetic musicians can offer a new take on
what Jazz is today.
Coss, who has played on stage with the great trumpet legend Clark Terry, brings the experience of tradition to the
album, but challenges the boundaries with imaginative and refreshing material. Her compositions push beyond Jazz
and reach into the pockets of Soul, Rock, Hip-Hop, R&B, Classical, Funk, Latin, and beyond.
About Roxy Coss
Roxy Coss has performed around the world in various Jazz festivals, in New York at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln
Center, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, The Blue Note, Smoke, and Cecil‘s Jazz Club, among others. Some of the great
jazz musicians Roxy has performed with include Clark Terry, Claudio Roditi, and Grassella Oliphant. She also plays
frequently in the Smoke Big Band and the DIVA Jazz Orchestra.
Originally from Seattle, WA, Roxy began winning awards for her composition at the age of 9. She went on to receive
numerous soloist awards at various jazz festivals, including Outstanding Saxophone Soloist at the prestigious
Essentially Ellington Competition, while playing first Tenor chair in the acclaimed Garfield High School Jazz Band.
Roxy accepted a full Presidential Scholarship to attend William Paterson University in NJ , where she graduated
Magna Cum Laude in 2008 with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Studies/Performance. Roxy currently resides in
New York, where she is making a name for herself performing with her own group and various other projects.