Arkansas native and jazz pianists/composer/bandleader Tom Cox grew-up in Little Rock during the 50’s and 60’s. He did his undergraduate music studies at Indiana University and graduate studies at The Cleveland Institute of Music where he received degrees in music composition.
During the 70’s he joined the faculties of the Cleveland Music School Settlement and Akron University’s Firestone Conservatory of Music teaching theory, composition, jazz piano and improvisation. During that time he was also the leader of his own jazz quartet; some of its member included such recording artists as saxophonists Joe Lovano (1996 Wildwood Jazz Festival) and Ernie Krivda, Marty Barker (drummer with Yusef Lateef), and Weather Report percussionist Skip Hadden. It was during this period that he also met and took brief piano-chair stints with international jazz artists Freddie Hubbard and Cannonball Adderly.
Cox returned to Little Rock in 1980 joining the music department faculty at UALR, where he presently teaches jazz piano and jazz combo. Since returning to Arkansas he has had several different trios and quartets all of which have performed extensively throughout the state. He remains active as a jazz trio leader and composer.