Hello, and thank you for visiting www.boycejusticegriffith.com! I am a saxophonist, composer, arranger, and teacher, originally from Tallahassee, Florida, but I currently live and work in New York City!
Being from North Florida, I was raised around the sounds of the blues and folk music from an early age. Though my musical interests and works are broad, I became the musician I am today through a committed study of the black american musical traditions of Jazz and Blues, studying for years with the many great teachers of the lineage in Tallahassee. Though I began learning the saxophone in a concert band-style setting, I've always gravitated towards the freedom of expression and improvisation that jazz and blues offers.
I received my Bachelors of Arts in Jazz Studies degree at Florida State University in 2016, having studied with and performed with the many great mentors and educators there such as Patrick Meighan, Marcus Roberts, Rodney Jordan, Leon Anderson, Scotty Barnhart, Bill Kennedy, Bill Peterson, and Paul McKee.
I am currently completing a Masters of Music degree in Jazz Studies at The Juilliard School, under the mentorship of Wynton Marsalis, Ron Blake, Frank Kimbrough, Roxy Coss, Andy Farber, Marc Cary, and many more.
Since I left Tallahassee and moved to New York City, I have had the honor of performing in many wonderful venues including the Village Vanguard (NYC), Birdland Jazz Club (NYC), Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola (NYC), The San Jose Jazz Festival (San Jose, CA), The Black Dolphin Jazz Club (Kansas City, MO), the Disneyland Hollywood Backlot Stage (Anaheim, CA), the Germantown Performing Arts Center (TN), B Sharp's Jazz Club (Tallahassee, FL), Ruby Diamond Auditorium (Tallahassee), the Historic Monticello Opera House (Monticello, FL), and Peter Jay Sharp Theater (Lincoln Center). In addition to the venues I've added to my resume, I have performed with Marcus Roberts and the Modern Jazz Generation, Jason Marsalis, Leon Anderson, Melvin Jones, Robert Boone, Rodney Jordan, Bill Peterson, The Disney All-American College Band, The Juilliard Jazz Orchestra, and I have toured extensively with a great blues and soul singer by the name of Kyle Lacy.
My own band is called "The Justice Collective" which is soon to release an EP on Bandcamp and other platforms.