Upsilon Phi Jazz Festival

The 53rd Upsilon Phi Jazz Festival will be held on Saturday, February 26, 2022 in Baldwin Auditorium. This year’s festival will feature tenor saxophonist, Roxy Coss.

Our festival features a competition component as well as a 25 minute clinic for each performing group.

 

Roxy Coss

Roxy Coss

Roxy Coss

Musician, Composer, Bandleader, Recording Artist, Educator and Activist Roxy Coss has become one of the most unique and innovative Saxophonists on the scene. Winner of a 2016 ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award, the Downbeat Critics’ Poll listed her as a “Rising Star” on Soprano Saxophone the past seven years in a row, and a Downbeat Magazine review called her “An exceptional young talent”. Roxy has been a fixture on the New York scene for over a dozen years. She has headlined extensively around the world, including major festivals and venues like the Newport Jazz Festival, Melbourne Big Band Festival, Winter Jazz Fest, BRIC Jazz Fest, Earshot Jazz Festival, San Jose Jazz Summerfest, Ballard Jazz Festival, The Jazz Standard, and Jazz Showcase, among others. Her band, the Roxy Coss Quintet, has held residencies at New York City clubs including SMOKE Jazz Club and Club Bonafide, appears frequently around NYC, and tours nationally. Roxy was also a featured guest musician on the television show Harry in 2017. She is the Founder and President of Women In Jazz Organization (WIJO), and serves on the Board of Directors for Jazz Education Network (JEN). Roxy is on Jazz Faculty at The Juilliard School. She is also an endorsing artist for P. Mauriat, Vandoren, and Keyleaves products.

JazzFest 53 will be held on Saturday, February 26, 2022 in Baldwin Hall on the Campus of Truman State University.

High School performance at JazzFest 46

Since the chapter was founded in 1968, Upsilon Phi has hosted an annual event celebrating jazz at Truman State University. Having been been ranked one of the top collegiate jazz festivals by Down Beat magazine, the Phi Mu Alpha Jazz Festival has become one of the larger events of its kind, attracting high school and middle school bands throughout the Midwest.

Traditionally held the last weekend in February, “JazzFest” brings in nationally renowned artists every year. It includes a day of performances by high school and middle school jazz combos and big bands with a personalized clinic for each group. Our guest artist also presents a clinic and performs with Truman jazz groups on an evening concert.

Sam Newsome, guest artist of JazzFest 46, performing in the evening concert with the Truman State Jazz Ensemble

The list of past guest artists reads like a who’s who of jazz luminaries. Clark Terry, Nick Brignola, John Fedchock, Danilo Pérez, John Faddis, Peter Erskine, Ethan Iverson, and Slide Hampton are just some of the great musicians who have graced JazzFest with their talent and generosity. For a complete listing of past guest artists, click here.

The men of Upsilon Phi take great pride in all the hard work required successfully put on such a large-scale festival every year. Not only does JazzFest support a rich American art form, it also helps educate aspiring young musicians.

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