“…some of the most experimental music of not just the day but the season… They held a listener’s attention with surprises and delights aplenty.“ LA Times
“…modelled on timeless grooves worthy to make the lovers of Sun RA drool…” BienneOut (CH)
“…draws the succinct, low notes of a drum from the bassoon.” The Bay State Banner
“ Nu Creation is… reminiscent of the sounds of Steps Ahead. Washa! is an end-to-end success, a musical synthesis brilliantly performed by talented musicians...” Le Bananier Bleu
Jessie Cox is, a composer, drummer, educator and scholar, currently in pursuit of his Doctorate Degree at Columbia University. He has written over 100 works for various musical ensembles including electroacoustic works, solo works, chamber- and orchestral works, works for jazz ensembles and choirs; including commissions from performers/ensembles/institutions such as LA Phil, JACK Quartet, Steve Schick, Claire Chase, String Noise, ICE, Rebekah Heller, Vasko Dukovski, Either/Or, Cory Smythe, Clara Warnaar, Ryan Muncy, Katinka Kleijn, Promenade Sauvage, Janet Underhill, TILT Brass, Greg Saunier of Deerhoof, etc.
As a performer he has played in Europe, Africa, the Caribbean and the USA; with musicians from all over the world including Roman Filiu, Claire Day, Ras Moshe, Lisanne Tremblay, James Ilgenfritz, Julian Shore, Mark Wade, Maher Beauroy, Eric Wubbels, Miyama McQueens-Tokita, Marc Hannaford, Brian Krock, Weston Olencki, Lester St Louis, Sam Yulsman, Barbara LaFitte, Lucy Clifford, Tomas Sauter, Cehryl, etc.
He has been studying composition with Georg Friedrich Haas, Richard Carrick, Annie Gosfield, Seth Cluett, Derek Hurst, Marti Epstein, Alfred Schweizer and Drums with Neal Smith, Tony “Thunder” Smith. Jessie has participated at the Accra Jazz Festival, the Martinique Jazz Festival, Langnau Jazz Festival, Rhythm and Thought Festival, La Phil’s Noon to Midnight Festival (Walt Disney Hall), New World Symphony’s Inside the Music (New World Center), NUNC3 at Northwestern University, New Music Gathering, Opera Omaha’s One Festival, Bang on a Can Music Series, Roulette Interpretation Series, OpenICE Library Festival at Lincoln Center, Composers Now Festival, Frequency Series at Constellation (Chicago), Mis-En-Place Bushwick Curator Series, String Noise Sounds Series in NYC (Co-Curator), Polyfold, and won the Leroy Souther’s Award (2015), Bill Maloof Award (2017). He has been aired on NPR, WBGO, Martinique 1, Visasat 1, SRF, TSF Jazz, Fip Radio, France Ô.
Jessie Cox graduated from the Berklee College of Music on scholarship in 2017, with a degree in composition.
Jessie Cox’s musical career began when he was only three years old. He took rhythm and solfège training at the music school of his hometown Biel/Bienne in Switzerland. At the age of six years his interest in percussion instruments started showing and he began taking Djembe lessons. This was also the time when he first started composing his own music.
When he was twelve years old he started playing the Drumset in different cover bands and he started taking lessons with the internationally acclaimed latin-music artist Carlos Kort.