Meet the Music: Saxophonist Roxy Coss

Saxophonist Roxy Coss is a guest artist at the Gadsden State Jazz Festival at Gadsden State Community College on Nov. 7, 2019. The theme of the festival is “Celebrating Women in Jazz.”

Saxophonist, composer, educator and activist Roxy Coss will headline the Gadsden State Jazz Festival on Thursday, Nov. 7, following a day of performances from Alabama college jazz ensembles.

Roxy talked with JazzHall Radio’s Andy Parrish about her music, jazz education, and creating more opportunities and collaboration for women through the Women in Jazz Organization she founded.

Hoover “First Edition” reps Alabama at Chicago clinic

On the morning of Dec. 17, students in Hoover High School’s “First Edition” jazz ensemble arrived early for one final rehearsal before boarding a bus bound for Chicago. For the second time, First Edition received an invitation to attend the Midwest Clinic, an international jazz and symphonic music gathering. JazzHall Radio spoke with director Sallie Vines White, along with senior band members Ben Solomon (trumpet), Nicolas Foster (drums), and William Ayers (guitar.)