"Bruce is a great straight-ahead jazz drummer, but he is also a master of playing funk, reggae and Latin styles...that's what makes him unique, he can play anything really well."
Fred Wesley Bruce Cox is a powerful performer, skilled in teaching, composing and producing. He has been the rhythmic force behind Fred Wesley and the New JB's for the past 20 years. Additionally, he has been a regular member of the Sonny Rollins Band and the JJ Johnson Quintet touring the US and Europe. Cox studied at the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts as well as the esteemed Berklee College of Music. He has been performing since1980 when he first toured with the prolific Intergalatic Sun Ra Arkestra.
Off stage, Bruce fills his time teaching music theory and drumming to promising musicians. Cox has been a visiting professor at Long Island University, The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and New York University, teaching alongside Nina D'Allesandro. He also shares his talents through music outreach programs sponsored by Jazz at Lincoln Center to school-aged children of the five NYC boroughs.
Cox has recorded his original compositions on two CD's, Stick To It in 1996 and Status Cymbals in 2012. Cox, Peter Madsen and Dwayne Dolphin , the rhythm section of Fred Wesley's band formed the trio Three of a Kind. In his Brooklynbased studio, Cox has also recorded, produced and engineered CD's for James Zollar and Eric Lemmon. Bruce's skills are marked by his endorsements from Pearl, Zildjian, Vic Firth, Evans and Audix Microphones.
The diversity of Cox's playing style keeps him in demand. His ability to accompany vocalists, improvise with jazz greats or serve up hard-hitting funk beats has allowed him to work with a list of celebrated musicians such as: Dee Dee Bridgewater - Anrei Kondakov -Memphis Slim - Stanley Turrentine - Ravi Coltrane - Kenny Burrel - Howard Johnson- Andy Bey - Fabio Morgera - Lou Donaldson - Gino Sitson - Phil Woods - Toniho Horta - Chris Potter - Don Braden - Anne Ducros, Dominic Kanza - Arther Blyth - Marc Rebot -David Gilmore-Carla Cook- Maceo Parker -Pee Wee Ellis- Allan Harris- Jacque Swartz-Bart