Cohen the pied piper of jazz

March 11th, 2013


Cohen the pied piper of jazz
By: Chris Smith

If there were a pied piper of jazz, it would be a woman playing a clarinet as jazz fans happily followed her wherever she led them.

And that woman would be Anat Cohen, who led happy jazz fans through many styles of music Sunday afternoon during the second of her three weekend concerts in the Izzy Asper Jazz Performances series.

Cohen showcased her clarinet playing by starting off with the Artie Shaw tune, Nightmare, with its incessant piano and drums behind the horn and letting the audience know Cohen is the modern-day stalwart of the horn, seen less often as a front-line instrument.

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