My good friend, Todd Oxford, has been featured in the April 4 issue of Billboard Magazine as Emerging Artist and Global Music Awards Gold Medal Winner.
As anyone who has heard Todd’s work knows, he’s such an incredibly talented musician and composer, that this is a drop in the bucket compared with the recognition he deserves as an artist.
There are many amazing musicians out there with unique gifts, but I can honestly say that Todd is one of the few I’d call a virtuoso. His musicianship is truly excellent, as a performer he’s flawless and fascinating to hear live, and what’s more, he’s a really fun and creative individual.
If I were a Hollywood music supervisor, he’d compose many a soundtrack. His original work is moody, intricate, theatrical, and epic.
Todd’s albums include Synaesthesia, Tango Magnetism, and Finesse. You can listen at www.ToddOxfordSaxophonist.com.
Todd has played on a number of my own songs, including The Haunting and The Mad, Mad March Hare, and Jason’s Orisonata compositions, such as Journey to the Center of the Earth and Robin Hood.
Texas State University Biography:
Todd Oxford is active internationally as a performer, recording artist, and educator appearing in Europe, Asia, Mexico, Canada, and throughout forty-six of the fifty United States in venues such as New York’s Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Hall, and CAMI Hall, Dallas’s Meyerson Center, Georgia’s Spivey Hall, and the Texas Ranger’s Ballpark to perform the National Anthem for a crowd of 30,000. Other US venues include the University of Hawaii, California State University at Los Angeles, University of Ohio, University of Tennessee, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, University of Oklahoma, and the University of Northern Colorado. He has been featured as a guest artist with the United States Air Force Band of the West, Sacramento Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, San Antonio Symphony, Austin Symphony, Abilene Symphony, Garland Symphony, Irving Symphony, and the University of Texas at Austin Symphony. Most recent engagements include two consecutive New York Debuts, the first as a soloist and the second with the Elision Saxophone Quartet, European appearances at the 14th World Saxophone Congress, and a tour of Germany. Asian appearances include two tours of the People’s Republic of China, a tour of Thailand, and a tour of Indonesia.
Formally educated at The University of Texas, Mr. Oxford received the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in 2001. He launched a performance career with an invitation to join the internationally acclaimed Harvey Pittel Saxophone Quartet. In thirteen years as the quartet’s baritone saxophonist, he presented concerts around the world in affiliation with Columbia Artists Management, Midwest Arts Alliance, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and C&C Arts Management. Concert tours included the cities of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington D.C., Honolulu, Lisbon, Bangkok, Halifax, and San Miguel de Allende. Additionally, the group performed on hundreds of university/college campuses, radio/television programs, orchestra pops series, and as featured artists with wind ensembles.
Todd Oxford’s recordings and performances have been reviewed by publications to include the New York Concert Review, American Record Guide, Los Angeles Times, Saxophone Journal, Clarinet & Saxophone (United Kingdom), Clarinet & Saxophone (Australia), Amazon.com, Audiophile Audition, Austin American Statesman, and San Antonio Express News. He is a featured artist on a number of recordings from the Mark Record Label playing with ensembles such as The Harvey Pittel Saxophone Quartet, the TEX-SAX Saxophone Ensemble, the United States Air Force Band of the West, and the University of Texas Wind Ensemble. His CD’s, Tango Magnetism, Finesse, and Live Through the Years, and Radiant Blues are available from the Equilibrium Label and distributed by Albany Music. A new album, Synaesthesia, will be released in early 2014. All recordings are available internationally via iTunes, amazon, and other major retailers.
Mr. Oxford’s professional awards include two consecutive New York Debut Awards, nomination as a Texas State Artist (Texas Commission on the Arts), Dallas Concerto Competition First Prize, Coleman Chamber Music Competition Finalist, San Antonio Express News’s Best of 2006 Classical Music, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, and selection as an Outstanding Young Man of America. Todd Oxford is Assistant Professor of Saxophone and Chamber Music at the Texas State University School of Music. He performs exclusively on Todd Oxford “Signature Series” Saxophones.