Carl Cox, a dynamic and versatile saxophonist from Southern New Jersey, has made significant contributions to the world of jazz and contemporary music. His journey into music is marked by a passion for performance and education, which he shares with his students as a high school music teacher in Deptford, New Jersey. Cox, who holds a Bachelor’s degree in saxophone performance and a Masters in Education from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, began showcasing his talent during his university days, performing at local weddings and private events. This early exposure led to opportunities for touring and recording, laying the foundation for his extensive career in the music industry.
Cox’s expertise on the saxophone is widely recognized in recordings, live performances, and features on national radio. Many of his solo career singles have been featured on XM radio and have achieved top spots on Billboard chart adds. He has been seen performing nationally and abroad with musical icons like Smokey Robinson, Maysa, Incognito, Gerald Veasley, among others.
His work includes collaborating with gospel vocalist Tye Tribbet, whose album was awarded the best gospel album of the year by the Grammy Association, and artists like Will Smith, Maysa Leak, Ellye Eyre, Roisin Murphy, Vivian Green, R Kelly, Boys II Men, Gerald Levert, Jeff Bradshaw, Kirk Franklin, Fantasia Trey Songz, and Musiq Soulchild. Cox’s live TV broadcasts and appearances have included performances with Vivian Green on the Carson Daly Show, TBN appearances with Kirk Franklin, VH1 Hip Hop Honors Awards ceremony, various BET appearances with Kirk Franklin, and the Jimmy Fallon Show with the Roots and Goodie Mob rap group.
Cox’s recent project, “Universal Language,” is his sophomore album, co-written and produced with notable names like Chris “Big Dog” Davis and Adam Hawley. This album reflects his belief in music as a universal language, a concept that deeply resonates with him as an educator and performer. The album includes tracks like “Breakin Away,” “Stickwidit,” and “Can’t Hurry Love,” all of which have gained recognition on the Billboard chart and were added to the SiriusXM Watercolors playlist. “Universal Language” explores various genres, blending jazz, R&B, and funk, while also featuring unique collaborations and songs that pay homage to his experiences and connections in the music world.
Page last updated 12/17/2023.