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Roxy Coss

Roxy Coss has become one of the most unique and innovative saxophonists of her generation, and a definitional voice of the Millennial Movement in Jazz. The 2015 & 2014 Downbeat Critics’ Poll named Roxy a “Rising Star” on Soprano Saxophone. Originally from Seattle, and now a fixture on the New York scene, she has performed extensively around the world.

Coss just released her sophomore recording, Restless Idealism (Origin Records), the follow up to her self-titled debut, Roxy Coss (2010). The album features 10 original compositions played by her band, The Roxy Coss Quintet. As a leader, Coss has performed at many of New York’s top venues, such as Smalls, Zinc Bar, and SMOKE Jazz Club. At SMOKE, the band was in weekly residence from 2012- 2013. This summer, she also headlined at the famous Jazz Showcase in Chicago, and was a featured act at the 2015 Ballard Music Festival in Seattle, WA.

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”The distinguishing feature of Coss's solos was a willingness to develop themes thoroughly, always drawing attention to the horn's—particularly the tenor's—rich tone.” - David A. Orthmann, All About Jazz ”Easily the next hot modern jazz star for Generation Now.” - Christopher Llewellyn Adams, Cashbox Magazine ”The remaining highlight of [Water and Earth] is multi-reedist Roxy Coss, whose serpentine soprano saxophone adds volumes of pathos to Pelt's already emotive trumpet.” - C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz ​”Good player with a robust tone that catches the listener off guard” - Jim Wilke, Jazz After Hours on Public Radio International (PRI)  ​”On her self-titled debut, she shows she is a force to be reckoned with, both as a player, as well as, a composer.” - Brad Walseth, Jazz Chicago ”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..

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Primary Instrument

Sax, tenor

Location

New York, NY

Willing to teach

Advanced students only.

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Albums

Restless Idealism
Restless Idealism
Origin Records
2016
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Black Butterfly
Black Butterfly
Hiptonic Records
2015
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Face Forward, Jeremy
Face Forward, Jeremy
High Notes
2014
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A Swingin' Life
A Swingin' Life
Manchester Craftsmen's Guild
2014
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Water and Earth
Water and Earth
High Note
2013
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Roxy Coss
Roxy Coss
Self Produced
2011
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