Musician, Composer, Bandleader, Recording Artist, Educator and Activist Roxy Coss has performed extensively around the world, including headlining at the Newport Jazz Festival, Melbourne Big Band Festival, Earshot Jazz Festival, San Jose Jazz Summerfest, Jazz Standard, Jazz Showcase, and TV Show Harry. Winner of a 2016 ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award, the Downbeat Critics’ Poll listed her as a "Rising Star" on Soprano Saxophone the past five years. Originally from Seattle, WA, Roxy has been a fixture on the New York scene for the past eleven years. In March 2018 she released her fourth album, The Future Is Female (Posi-Tone Records), receiving 4.5-Star reviews from Downbeat and All About Jazz.
The Roxy Coss Quintet is the first-ever recipient of the Emerging Artists Project, a four-year grant from the Local 802 Musicians Union. The band is also a finalist in the 2018 DC Jazz Prix. Coss has performed as a side musician with Clark Terry, Louis Hayes, Rufus Reid, Billy Kaye, Claudio Roditi, Jeremy Pelt, Willie Jones III, Maurice Hines, and the DIVA Jazz Orchestra.
She graduated from William Paterson University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies/Performance and in 2011, was chosen to participate in Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead Residency Workshop at the Kennedy Center, and the Steans Institute Jazz Program at the Ravinia Festival.
Roxy is the founder of Women In Jazz Organization, a collective of professional jazz musicians working to level the playing field in jazz, leading to an improved and more rich, diverse, and successful art form.