Mara Fox is an established freelance trombonist and educator in the Bay Area. For more than 20 years she has amazed audiences all over the world, working in Jazz, R&B, Latin and Classical genres. Mara has recorded and toured internationally with Conjunto Cespedes, and with the Klezmorim. Locally, she plays with a wide variety of well-known groups including the 2013 Grammy Award Winning Pacific Mambo Orchestra (Best Latin Album-Tropical Island), the Montclair Women’s Big Band, The Purple Ones, Paula Harris and the Beasts of Blues. She has also played with the Berkeley Symphony, the San Francisco Sinfonietta, the Mike Vax Big Band and countless others.
Mara maintains a busy teaching schedule as well. In addition to her private trombone studio, she teaches jazz improvisation and band at the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts in Richmond, CA, and at St. Theresa School and Head Royce School in Oakland. She has also been a faculty member for Jazz Girls Days at Berkeley High School and SFJazz Center.
In her youth, Mara experimented with many different instruments before finding the trombone as her voice. She really enjoys the breadth of musical genres to which the trombone lends itself, and thrives on the variety of playing opportunities.
As early as high school her potential was recognized as an All Star at the Monterey Jazz Festival. Mara then studied Trombone Performance at Northwestern University, but cites as good fortune to receive her most important education playing alongside many great Bay Area musicians over the last 25 years.
When not busy performing and teaching, Mara enjoys bike riding, cooking and spending time with her husband, son and cats.