Ravenscroft Jazz Resident Artist Program

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Ravenscroft Jazz Resident Artist Program at ASU

The Ravenscroft Jazz Resident Artist Program at ASU (RJRA) is a mentorship and community engagement program that connects renowned jazz artist/mentors with the community and outstanding ASU Ravenscroft Graduate Jazz Fellows who attend ASU on full scholarship to fulfill the school’s mission of enriching the Greater Phoenix community through music. Come work with:

2019-20 Ravenscroft Jazz Resident Artists

Roxy Coss

Roxy Coss

Musician, Composer, Bandleader, Educator and Activist Roxy Coss has performed around the world, headlining at the Newport Jazz Festival, Melbourne Big Band Festival, NYC Winter JazzFest, Earshot Jazz Festival, San Jose Jazz Summerfest, Jazz Standard, and Jazz Showcase.
A recipient of an ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award, the Downbeat Critics’ Poll listed her as a "Rising Star" on Soprano Saxophone the past six years, called her "An exceptional young talent”, and Jazziz Magazine listed her an “Artist to Watch in 2019”. She has performed as a side musician with Clark Terry, Billy Kaye, Maurice Hines, Rufus Reid, Louis Hayes, Claudio Roditi, Willie Jones III, Jeremy Pelt, Darcy James Argue, and the DIVA Jazz Orchestra.
Her fourth album as a leader, The Future Is Female (Posi-Tone Records), received 4.5-Star reviews from Downbeat and All About Jazz. The Roxy Coss Quintet, featuring some of the world’s finest young musicians, is the first ever recipient of the Emerging Artist Project, a four-year grant from the Local 802 Musicians Union. Roxy is on the Board of Directors for the Jazz Education Network, is on Jazz Faculty at The Juilliard School, The New School, BMCC (A CUNY College), and is the Founder of Women In Jazz Organization (WIJO).
Roxy is an endorsing Artist for P. Mauriat, Vandoren, and Key Leaves.

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Jason Palmer

Jason Palmer

Jason Palmer is one of the most in demand musicians of his generation. He has performed with Roy Haynes, Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Smith (the organist), Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Ravi Coltrane, Mark Turner, Jeff Ballard, Lee Konitz, Phil Woods, Common, Roy Hargrove, Lewis Nash.
Jason was recently named to the inaugural class of the Boston Artist in Residence Fellowship for Music Composition. He was named a Fellow in Music Composition by the Massachusetts Cultural Council (2011, 2017) and was honored as a recipient of the French American Cultural Exchange Jazz Fellowship (2014) where he collaborated with French pianist Cedric Hanriot on an album and tour of the United States and Europe. Jason won 1st Place in the 2009 Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition and was cited in the June 2007 issue of Downbeat Magazine as one of the "Top 25 trumpeters of the Future".
He has performed on over forty albums as a sideman; recorded thirteen albums under his own name on labels Ayva, Steeplechase, Newvelle, and most recently with Giant Step Arts; has toured in over 30 countries with saxophonists Mark Turner, Greg Osby, Grace Kelly, and Matana Roberts; and has been a featured guest artist on multiple projects in Portugal, Mexico, Canada and Russia.
Jason's quintet has been the house band every weekend at Boston's historic Wally's Jazz Café for the past fifteen years. He has presented his band at numerous clubs throughout the northeast United States including the Tanglewood Jazz Fest, Sculler's Jazz Club, the Stone in NYC, the Jazz Gallery in NYC, and the Beantown Jazz Festival.
Jason is a Full-time Assistant Professor of Ensembles and Brass at Berklee College of Music and a board member at JazzBoston. He has served as an Assistant Professor at Harvard University and at New England Conservatory; on the faculty at the New School of Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City; and has given master classes in Boston MA, Washington D.C., New York City, Indiana, Kentucky, Texas, Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, Portugal, France, the UK, Russia, Canada, and Mexico.

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Rufus Reid

Rufus Reid

Sometimes called a chameleon, Rufus Reid is one of today’s premiere bassists on the international jazz scene. His musical prowess can be found perfectly comfortable in an array of performance settings. You can find Rufus leading his own groups, which can be heard as The Rufus Reid “Out Front” Trio with Steve Allee, piano; Duduka Da Fonsca, drums, or the Rufus Reid Quartet; The Out Front Trio with Yosvany Terry on Saxophones. He brings The Big Band Sound Of Rufus Reid to the stage with many of his own compositions. He also performs Quite Pride–The Elizabeth Catlett Project, the music from his Grammy Nominated CD.
His major professional career began in Chicago and continues in New York, where he has traveled, performed and recorded with most of the Jazz Masters. He was privileged to share a moment of music with some that have passed on: Booker Irving, Gene Ammons, Kenny Dorham, Sonny Stitt, Don Byas, Philly Joe Jones, Kenny Dorham, Thad Jones, Mel Lewis, Dexter Gordon, Stan Getz, and Dizzy Gillespie, Harold Land, Art Farmer, Joe Henderson and Frank Wess.
He has over four hundred recordings in his discography and is equally known as an exceptional educator. Reid and Dr. Martin Krivin created the Jazz Studies and Performance Bachelor of Music Program at William Paterson University. Reid continues teaching clinics since 1971 with associations with The Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops, The Stanford University Jazz Workshop, and conducts Master Classes, workshops and residencies around the world.
His book, The Evolving Bassist, published since 1974, continues to be recognized as the industry standard as the definitive bass method. The Millennium Edition was published in 2000.
Reid has also become an important composer. He was awarded the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship for Composition in 2008. This and three MacDowell Colony Grants have allowed him to explore composing for Symphony Orchestras. He is accepting commissions to write for Symphony Orchestras, Concert Bands, Big Bands, Solo Bass and more.
Rufus holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Performance on the Double Bass from Northwestern University where he studied with Warren Benfield and principal bassist, Joseph Guastefeste, both of the Chicago Symphony.

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Wycliffe Gordon

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Wycliffe Gordon experiences an impressive career touring the world performing to great acclaim from audiences and critics alike.
Jazz Journalists Association named him “2019 Trombonist of the Year” 12 times, and Downbeat Critics Poll named Wycliffe “Best Trombone” for 2018, 2016, 2014, 2013 and 2012. Wycliffe received the “Louie Award” in 2018 honoring his dedication and commitment to the music of Louis Armstrong and received the International Trombone Association Award in 2017, which recognizes the highest level of creative and artistic achievement. In 2015, Wycliffe was presented the Satchmo award from the Sarasota Jazz Club; the Louis Armstrong Memorial Prize presented by the Swing Jazz Culture Foundation; and was named Artist of the Year by the Augusta Arts Council. He is also a past recipient of the ASCAP Foundation Vanguard Award.
In addition to an extremely successful solo career, Gordon tours regularly leading his quintet known as Wycliffe Gordon and His International All-Stars, headlining at legendary jazz venues and performing arts centers throughout the world. He is commissioned frequently and has an extensive catalog of original compositions that span the various timbres of jazz and chamber music. Musicians and ensembles of every caliber perform his music throughout the world and his arrangement of the theme song to NPR’s “All Things Considered” is heard daily across the globe.
Gordon is a former veteran member of the Wynton Marsalis Septet, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and has been a featured guest artist on Billy Taylor's "Jazz at the Kennedy Center" Series. Gordon is also one of Americaʼs most persuasive and committed music educators; he isVisiting Artist in Jazz Studies at the Arizona State University in Phoenix,and is Director of Jazz Studies at Augusta University in Augusta, GA.
Wycliffe Gordon is a Yamaha Performing Artist and has his own line of Wycliffe Gordon Pro Signature Mouthpieces by Pickett Brass.

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