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courtney wright

A headshot of Courtney Wright with her baritone sax.



COURTNEY WRIGHT is a promising young composer and baritone saxophonist based in New York City. She leads her own Jazz Orchestra that performs her original compositions and arrangements and is currently working as a conductor in the jazz studies department at Manhattan School of Music.

Courtney’s music has been performed and recorded by the WDR Big Band, the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra, and the One and Two O’Clock Lab Bands at the University of North Texas. She was selected to participate as a mentee in the WIJO Mentors Program and is an alumnus of the Boysie Lowery Living Jazz Residency. Courtney is a recipient of the ISJAC/USF Prize for Emerging Black Composers and the Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award.

Courtney studied jazz composition at the University of North Texas under the mentorship of Richard DeRosa. She is a native of Woodbridge, VA, and grew up outside the vibrant jazz scene of Washington, D.C.

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