Roxy Coss (NY) + The James Mustafa Jazz Orchestra
8.30pm - Sunday, February 12 - Cross Street Music Hall (FESTIVAL FINALE)
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 D ownbeat 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, Rest less Idealism, on Origin Records, featuring 10 original compositions; the follow-up to her self-titled debut, Roxy Coss (2010). Re stless Idealism has been met with critical acclaim, and reached #7 on Jazzweek, the US Nationwide Jazz C hart. Downbeat called her "An exceptional young talent”. Her third album will be released on the Posi-Tone Records label early in 2017.
The Roxy Coss Quintet has headlined many major Jazz Festivals and Venues around the United States, including the Newport Jazz Festival, Jazz Standard (NYC), Jazz Showcase (Chicago), The Nash (Phoenix), and the Ballard Jazz Festival (Seattle). The quintet has held residencies at many New York City clubs such as SMOKE Jazz Club and Club Bonafide, and appears frequently at Smalls Jazz Club.
Coss has also performed as a side-woman with Jazz greats such as Clark Terry, Louis Hayes, Claudio Roditi, Maurice Hines, and Willie Jones III, among others. She has appeared with the Mingus Big Band, which is in residence at the Jazz Standard in NYC, as well as the Birdland Big Band, and she has been a member of The Diva Jazz Orchestra since 2009. She was a member of Jeremy Pelt’s group from 2012 through 2014, touring internationally and recording 2 albums on the HighNote Record label.
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.