With over a decade of professional experience, award winning saxophonist Carlos McCoy has had the opportunity to perform with a variety of greats including Rock and Roll hall of fame artists The Dells, Jerry Martini (Sly and the Family Stone), Lee Shapiro (Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons), Frankie Avalon, Don Everly (Everly Brothers), grammy winners Carlos Caro and Jamie Dubberly (Pacific Mambo Orchestra), Bobby Escovedo, Delbert Bump, Calito Madrano, David Bass, Jeff Chambers, as well as world class salsa performers Abel Figueroa, NG2, Herman Olivera, and Willy Torres. Carlos is currently an in demand sideman and woodwind instructor, and leads his own Latin jazz group which has performed at many prestigious events.
While completing his saxophone studies, Carlos received the Reno Jazz Festival's best saxophonist award in 2007, toured Europe performing at the Vienne, Umbria and Montreux festivals, and was selected from a nationwide audition to play in the lead alto chair for the Disney All-American College Band. He also had the opportunity to back up many prominent performers including Bob Florence, Wayne Bergeron, Marcus Printup, Bobby Shew, Mike Vax, Ingrid Jensen, Rebecca Mauleon, Dann Higgins, Conrad Herwig, Pete Christlieb and others.
Carlos McCoy has been directing the Sacramento State Latin Jazz Ensemble since 2012. He received his Bachelors of Music and Masters degree from California State University, Sacramento, and also holds a performance certificate from the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Carlos has studied woodwinds with such prominent artists as Harry Skoler, Dan Zinn, Dale Wolford and Mike McMullen.
Some of the events my groups have performed include:
The 2012 "ADDIES" awards
St. Annes Episcopal Church concert series 2013/2014
Channel 31 "Good Day Sacramento"
Crocker Art Museum 2013
Sac City College (Dolores Huerta reception/Cinco de Mayo)2014, 2015, 2018
Oshima's Fugu Lounge Thursday night concert series (Sacramento)2014
Capitol Public Radio 2013, 2014, 2015
Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival 2014
Sacramento Kings corporate function 2014
Mondavi Center "Taste" concert series 2015
Crocker Museum summer concert series 2015, 2018
Jazz on The Green concert series 2015
Cabana Winery 2015-2016
PlacerArts concert series 2017
Mango's jazz series 2017
Sac Jazz Co-op 2017
Mondavi center Corin concert series 2017
and many more...
The High Octane Latin Jazz Band
Mondavi Center Corin Concert series, Eddie Palmieri pre-show