The Future (of Jazz) Is Female: Interview with Saxophonist and Composer Roxy Coss

"Even in college—even in middle school—this has been a problem," explains saxophonist and composer Roxy Coss. "This has been part of my awareness forever.

"Every time I play, the first response is either shock or a comment on my looks, or on my 'lung capacity'." The comment she hears often: "You're sexy and you can play".

Coss, who commands her instruments with authority and power, whose compositions both challenge and charm, is acting to change the way women...

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