Flux

Flux

BandJazz

Flux explores the boundaries of today's music while maintaining firm roots in the Jazz tradition. Each member brings their own deep, diverse perspective to create a wide array of textures, colors and moods. Their passionate performances are full of energy, providing listeners with an exciting escape

Biography

Flux is a quartet that brings together four very unique and diverse musicians to create a unified and pure sound. As all of the members come from different musical and biographical backgrounds, the music prevails with deep emotions and directions unattainable by most straight-ahead genre music today. Flux aims to create a new sound of jazz, and music in general. The heightened interaction and spontaneous creativity of this quartet gives listeners a look into the future of the music.

Originally from the diverse scene of Seattle, Roxy Coss is currently a Presidential Scholar at William Paterson University, located in the greater New York area. Since moving there in 2004, she has appeared frequently at various jazz clubs and restaurants throughout the area, becoming an in-demand instrumentalist amongst her peers. In New York, she has performed at Sweet Rhythm, the 5C Cafe, Lincoln Center, the C-Note, and appeared live on the Today Show. She has also played internationally at the North Sea, Vienne, Montreux, and IAJE jazz festivals, as well as in Paris. She has appeared live with such legends as Clark Terry, Wynton Marsalis, Joshua Redman, Slide Hampton, Joe Lovano, Bill Watrous, and Dave Valentin. Roxy has also been writing her own music since she was young, aiming to create her own voice in omposition as well as performing. Several of her compositions have been recorded professionally over the years. While Roxy’s main influences on the saxophone include Dexter Gordon, Hank Mobley, and John Coltrane, she has also been influenced and played such diverse music as Stevie Wonder, Top 40, Classic Blues, Brazilian Music, Classical Music including Bach and Altes, and other diverse genres, all influencing her unique, deep sound. “My goal is to establish a new musical genre, breaking boundaries and preconceptions of present day music. I want to make music you can feel in your
bones, full of honest passion, awareness, humor, spirituality, growth, pain, joy, and love.”

Drummer Shawn Baltazor grew up in the very diverse and active music scene of the San Francisco Bay Area, CA. Originally influenced by Rock and Roll, Shawn began taking an interest in improvised music during his last years of high school. Shawn is an alumnus of William Paterson University, as well as the highly competitive Staens Institute for Young Artists. He has performed at the Knitting Factory, the Bitter End, Birdland, Jazz at Lincoln Center's Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, and Sweet Rhythm in New York, as well is in Jazz Festivals in Morocco and the Ivory Coast in Africa.

Justin Kauflin has an improvisation zeal matched by technique that is equal parts lyrical and emotional. Although classically trained, Justin prefers the improvisational opportunity jazz provides, which is readily apparent in his mastery of the piano. From Virginia Beach, Justin is also at William Paterson, where he has performed with Mulgrew Miller, Clark Terry, and Wynton Marsalis. Justin draws his influences fro all forms of music, hoping to bring a true and pure musical experience to the world.

Kellen Harrison is also from the Bay Area, CA. An alumnus of William Paterson as well, he has played in New York at CBGB's, the Lion's Den, the Knitting Factory, Cecil's Shanghai Jazz, the Pourhouse, and Kavehaz. He has also appeared at leading venues on the west coast, including Pearl's in San Francisco.

Discography

Professionally Recorded Demo (Independent Label: William Paterson Recording Studio, Wayne, NJ, February 13, 2007)

Set List

We do a mix of originals, standards that we arrange uniquely, and our own versions of jazz standards. We can play for about four sets of 45 minutes each.

Examples of Tunes:
All of You, Headache, Remembering Dee, You and the Night and the Music, One for Daddy-O, To You, Calvary, I Don't Understand, Night and Day, I Love You, Recordame, Lately, I Think So, Black Nile, Someday My Prince Will Come, Black Orpheus, Chasin' the Trane, etc...