Confirmed Tourdates As Of August 6th, 2014

February 28th, 2015: Longwood Square Kennett Square, PA USA [Anat Cohen Quartet]
March 1st, 2015: Shea Center for Performing Arts Wayne, NJ USA [Anat Cohen Quartet]
March 2nd, 2015: Johnson Theatre Durham, NH USA [Anat Cohen Quartet]
March 4th, 2015: Jazz Standard New York, NY USA [Anat Cohen Quartet]
March 5th, 2015: Jazz Standard New York, NY USA [Anat Cohen Quartet]
March 6th, 2015: Jazz Standard New York, NY USA [Anat Cohen Quartet]
March 7th, 2015: Jazz Standard New York, NY USA [Anat Cohen Quartet]
March 8th, 2015: Jazz Standard New York, NY USA [Anat Cohen Quartet]
March 18th, 2015: The Rex Hotel Toronto, ON, Canada [Anat Cohen Quartet]
March 19th, 2015: Dazzle Denver, CO USA [Anat Cohen Quartet: Celebrando Brazil]
March 20th, 2015: Dazzle Denver, CO USA [Anat Cohen Quartet: Celebrando Brazil]
March 21st, 2015: Musical Instrument Museum Phoenix, AZ USA [Anat Cohen Quartet: Celebrando Brazil]
March 22nd, 2015: Sculpture Garden at the Jewish Community Center Tucson, AZ USA [Anat Cohen Quartet: Celebrando Brazil]
March 23rd, 2015: The Auditorium at TSRI San Diego, CA USA [Anat Cohen Quartet: Celebrando Brazil]
March 25th, 2015: Kuumbwa Jazz Center Santa Cruz, CA USA [Anat Cohen Quartet: Celebrando Brazil]
March 28th, 2015: Santa Fe College Fine Arts Hall Gainesville, FL USA [Anat Cohen Quartet: Celebrando Brazil]
April 9th, 2015: Cliff Bell's Detroit, MI USA [Anat Cohen Quartet]
April 10th, 2015: City Winery Chicago, IL USA [Anat Cohen Quartet ]
April 11th, 2015: Orpheum Theatre Galesburg, IL USA [Anat Cohen Quartet ]
April 12th, 2015: Dakota Jazz Club Minneapolis, MN USA [Anat Cohen Quartet]
April 18th, 2015: "We Always Swing" Jazz Series House Show Columbia, MO USA [Anat Cohen and Bruce Barth]
April 25th, 2015: Centrum Port Townsed, WA USA [Choro: The Sweet Lament of Brazilian Music Faculty Concert]
May 15th, 2015: Sanders Theatre Cambridge, MA USA [Kurt Elling's Passion World with special guest Anat Cohen]
May 22nd, 2015: Sendesaal - Frankfurt Frankfurt, Germany [HR Big Band with Special Guest Anat Cohen]
May 23rd, 2015: Funkhaus Halberg Saarbrücken , Germany [HR Big Band with Special Guest Anat Cohen]
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Anat Cohen, Pharaoh Sanders, Christian McBride: a jazz convergence

February 19th, 2015

From The Seattle Times

Anat Cohen, Pharaoh Sanders, Christian McBride: a jazz convergence
By: Paul de Barros

Three exceptionally strong jazz acts hit Seattle this week — clarinetist/saxophonist Anat Cohen, performing with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra (SRJO); veteran saxophonist Pharaoh Sanders, with an all-star band that includes drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts, guitarist Stanley Jordan and bassist Charnett Moffett; and bassist Christian McBride’s trio.

Cohen, who hails originally from Israel, has in the last few years become, hands down, the ascendant clarinetist in jazz.

Not just her beautiful, soulful sound but her architectural sense of a solo and exuberant sense of rhythm make her one of the most absorbing players — on any instrument — in the music today.

“She’s just at the top of the heap these days,” agrees SRJO co-director Michael Brockman. “She’s such a fiery, spirited player. She’s clearly a composer on the clarinet.”

For her concerts with the orchestra — Saturday in Seattle, Sunday in Kirkland — Cohen sent arrangements of “Cry Me a River,” “La Comparsa,” “Ingênuo,” and Johnny Griffin’s “Do It,” all written by her friend Oded Lev-Ari.

She will also perform her intriguing version of Fats Waller’s bubbly “Jitterbug Waltz,” written in 9/8 time and including a mind-blowing, contrary bass line.

SRJO members will contribute charts for the show, including trombonist Dave Marriott’s take on Abdullah Ibrahim’s “The Wedding” and Brockman’s own arrangement of Lonnie Smith’s “And the World Weeps,” both of which Cohen has recorded on her own. Seattle pianist Jovino Santos Neto contributes his arrangements of Hermeto Pascoal’s “Bebê” and “Doce de Coco.”

Cohen is a profoundly multicultural player, who draws on Middle Eastern and Latin styles. Brockman sees that breadth as important for the SRJO, which has until now concentrated on the mainstream tradition.

“It’s time for our audiences to come along with us and explore a wider swath of large ensemble jazz that comes from all parts of the world,” says Brockman.

In addition to her shows, Cohen will do an onstage interview Sunday, Feb. 22, at Temple Beth Am.

To read the rest of the article, click here

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Luminous Anat Cohen Debuts Her New Album at Jazz Standard

February 20th, 2015

From zealnyc.com

Luminous Anat Cohen Debuts Her New Album at Jazz Standard

Born in Tel Aviv, Israel and based in New York, Anat Cohen stands prominently as one of today’s jazz’s top go-to performers who has appeared as a frequent bandstand collaborator with Newport Jazz Festival impresario George Wein as well as playing/recording in an ensemble with her brothers (older brother Yuval, younger brother Avishai). She’s also a co-founder of the impressive record label Anzic with her business partner Oded Lev-Ari. While she plays a mean tenor saxophone, her true voice is on clarinet—she’s been triumphed as DownBeat’s critics and readers poll as the top clarinetist in jazz for several years running. Displaying her knack for interpreting Brazilian classics as well as composing dynamic originals, Cohen sets up shop at Jazz Standard for five nights to celebrate the release of her seventh album, Luminosa. Of the album, she says that that its sound “reflects my musical life in New York City. I flow between modern and traditional jazz, between samba and choro—all maybe in a week’s time.” Joining her will be members of her touring quartet (Jason Lindner on keyboards, Joe Martin on bass and Daniel Freedman on drums) in addition to guests guitarist Romero Lubambo and Gilad Hekselman, percussionist Gilmar Gomes and Brazilian artists from her new band, Choro Aventuroso.

To read the original article, click here

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Anat Cohen, Pharaoh Sanders, Christian McBride: a jazz convergence

February 20th, 2015

From The Seattle Times

Anat Cohen, Pharaoh Sanders, Christian McBride: a jazz convergence
By Paul de Barros

Three exceptionally strong jazz acts hit Seattle this week — clarinetist/saxophonist Anat Cohen, performing with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra (SRJO); veteran saxophonist Pharaoh Sanders, with an all-star band that includes drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts, guitarist Stanley Jordan and bassist Charnett Moffett; and bassist Christian McBride’s trio.

Cohen, who hails originally from Israel, has in the last few years become, hands down, the ascendant clarinetist in jazz.

Not just her beautiful, soulful sound but her architectural sense of a solo and exuberant sense of rhythm make her one of the most absorbing players — on any instrument — in the music today.

“She’s just at the top of the heap these days,” agrees SRJO co-director Michael Brockman. “She’s such a fiery, spirited player. She’s clearly a composer on the clarinet.”

To read the full article click here

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Confirmed Tourdates As Of August 6th, 2014

February 27th, 2015: Troy Music Hall Troy, NY USA [Anat Cohen Quartet]
February 28th, 2015: Longwood Square Kennett Square, PA USA [Anat Cohen Quartet]
March 1st, 2015: Shea Center for Performing Arts Wayne, NJ USA [Anat Cohen Quartet]
March 2nd, 2015: Johnson Theatre Durham, NH USA [Anat Cohen Quartet]
March 4th, 2015: Jazz Standard New York, NY USA [Anat Cohen Quartet]
March 5th, 2015: Jazz Standard New York, NY USA [Anat Cohen Quartet]
March 6th, 2015: Jazz Standard New York, NY USA [Anat Cohen Quartet]
March 7th, 2015: Jazz Standard New York, NY USA [Anat Cohen Quartet]
March 8th, 2015: Jazz Standard New York, NY USA [Anat Cohen Quartet]
March 18th, 2015: The Rex Hotel Toronto, ON, Canada [Anat Cohen Quartet]
March 19th, 2015: Dazzle Denver, CO USA [Anat Cohen Quartet: Celebrando Brazil]
March 20th, 2015: Dazzle Denver, CO USA [Anat Cohen Quartet: Celebrando Brazil]
March 21st, 2015: Musical Instrument Museum Phoenix, AZ USA [Anat Cohen Quartet: Celebrando Brazil]
March 22nd, 2015: Sculpture Garden at the Jewish Community Center Tucson, AZ USA [Anat Cohen Quartet: Celebrando Brazil]
March 23rd, 2015: The Auditorium at TSRI San Diego, CA USA [Anat Cohen Quartet: Celebrando Brazil]
March 25th, 2015: Kuumbwa Jazz Center Santa Cruz, CA USA [Anat Cohen Quartet: Celebrando Brazil]
March 28th, 2015: Santa Fe College Fine Arts Hall Gainesville, FL USA [Anat Cohen Quartet: Celebrando Brazil]
April 9th, 2015: Cliff Bell's Detroit, MI USA [Anat Cohen Quartet]
April 10th, 2015: City Winery Chicago, IL USA [Anat Cohen Quartet ]
April 11th, 2015: Orpheum Theatre Galesburg, IL USA [Anat Cohen Quartet: Celebrando Brazil]
April 12th, 2015: Dakota Jazz Club Minneapolis, MN USA [Anat Cohen Quartet]
April 18th, 2015: "We Always Swing" Jazz Series House Show Columbia, MO USA [Anat Cohen and Bruce Barth]
April 25th, 2015: Centrum Port Townsed, WA USA [Choro: The Sweet Lament of Brazilian Music Faculty Concert]
May 15th, 2015: Sanders Theatre Cambridge, MA USA [Kurt Elling's Passion World with special guest Anat Cohen]
May 22nd, 2015: Sendesaal - Frankfurt Frankfurt, Germany [HR Big Band with Special Guest Anat Cohen]
May 23rd, 2015: Funkhaus Halberg Saarbrücken , Germany [HR Big Band with Special Guest Anat Cohen]
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Anat Cohen brings reed genius to Seattle big band

February 23rd, 2015

From The Seattle Times

Anat Cohen brings reed genius to Seattle big band
By: Paul de Barros

Local jazz fans have been enthusiastically declaring Israeli reed whiz Anat Cohen’s concerts this past weekend with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra (SRJO) the best shows in the 20-year-old big band’s history.

Hmm.

Past SRJO performances with Clark Terry, who died Saturday, and Terry’s protégé, Quincy Jones, were pretty great.

Let’s just say Cohen’s sparkling Sunday show at the Kirkland Performance Center — which was dedicated to Terry — not only lived up to all expectations, but more importantly it yanked the tradition-minded SRJO into the international present where jazz actually lives. And that’s a very good thing.

The band has been exceptionally tight the past couple of years, but the presence of such an extraordinary soloist kicked it up another notch. One of the best parts of Sunday’s show was watching the front line of fellow reed players shake their heads in gleeful disbelief as Cohen — dancing in place, clarinet aimed at the balcony, Benny Goodman-style — nailed one spectacular solo after another.

In a show packed with highlights, a few included Cohen’s doubling back on her own phrase shapes on the bossa nova “Chega de Saudade”; the cascading clarinet trio and plunger mute trumpet commentary by Andy Omdahl on Duke Ellington’s “jungle band” classic, “The Mooche”; Cohen’s torchy finale on Julie London’s revenge classic, “Cry Me a River”; and the light-dappled, Cuban salon mood of “La Comparsa.”

Cohen’s lifelong friend Oded Lev-Ari contributed, among other arrangements, a clever juxtaposition of Luis Bonfa’s bossa nova classic “Samba de Orfeu” with Louis Armstrong’s New Orleans-style “Struttin’ With Some Barbecue” (which shares the same first line), complete with a re-creation of Armstrong’s ’20s-style “oh-vodee-oo” tag. Jay Thomas offered a sumptuous trumpet solo on Lonnie Smith’s “And the World Weeps,” and Cohen’s speedy re-imagining of Fats Waller’s “Jitterbug Waltz,” in 9/8 time, was a head-spinner.

Cohen drew a piping, slightly furry tone from her tenor saxophone, showcased to good advantage on Abdullah Ibrahim’s processional dirge, “The Wedding.”

Guitarist Milo Peterson did triple duty, playing banjo and electric and acoustic guitar, the latter showing nicely on a quickstep unison with Cohen on Hermeto Pascoal’s lively baião, “Bebê.”

Latin percussionists Ricardo Guity and Lary Barilleau tossed extra fuel on the program’s Latin fires.

Was it the best SRJO concert ever? Maybe so. But when you hear a concert that musically satisfying, “best” is beside the point.

To read the original article, click here

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Anat Cohen brings reed genius to Seattle big band

February 23rd, 2015

From The Seattle Times

Anat Cohen brings reed genius to Seattle big band
By: Paul de Barros

Local jazz fans have been enthusiastically declaring Israeli reed whiz Anat Cohen’s concerts this past weekend with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra (SRJO) the best shows in the 20-year-old big band’s history.

Hmm.

Past SRJO performances with Clark Terry, who died Saturday, and Terry’s protégé, Quincy Jones, were pretty great.

Let’s just say Cohen’s sparkling Sunday show at the Kirkland Performance Center — which was dedicated to Terry — not only lived up to all expectations, but more importantly it yanked the tradition-minded SRJO into the international present where jazz actually lives. And that’s a very good thing.

The band has been exceptionally tight the past couple of years, but the presence of such an extraordinary soloist kicked it up another notch. One of the best parts of Sunday’s show was watching the front line of fellow reed players shake their heads in gleeful disbelief as Cohen — dancing in place, clarinet aimed at the balcony, Benny Goodman-style — nailed one spectacular solo after another.

In a show packed with highlights, a few included Cohen’s doubling back on her own phrase shapes on the bossa nova “Chega de Saudade”; the cascading clarinet trio and plunger mute trumpet commentary by Andy Omdahl on Duke Ellington’s “jungle band” classic, “The Mooche”; Cohen’s torchy finale on Julie London’s revenge classic, “Cry Me a River”; and the light-dappled, Cuban salon mood of “La Comparsa.”

Cohen’s lifelong friend Oded Lev-Ari contributed, among other arrangements, a clever juxtaposition of Luis Bonfa’s bossa nova classic “Samba de Orfeu” with Louis Armstrong’s New Orleans-style “Struttin’ With Some Barbecue” (which shares the same first line), complete with a re-creation of Armstrong’s ’20s-style “oh-vodee-oo” tag. Jay Thomas offered a sumptuous trumpet solo on Lonnie Smith’s “And the World Weeps,” and Cohen’s speedy re-imagining of Fats Waller’s “Jitterbug Waltz,” in 9/8 time, was a head-spinner.

Cohen drew a piping, slightly furry tone from her tenor saxophone, showcased to good advantage on Abdullah Ibrahim’s processional dirge, “The Wedding.”

Guitarist Milo Peterson did triple duty, playing banjo and electric and acoustic guitar, the latter showing nicely on a quickstep unison with Cohen on Hermeto Pascoal’s lively baião, “Bebê.”

Latin percussionists Ricardo Guity and Lary Barilleau tossed extra fuel on the program’s Latin fires.

Was it the best SRJO concert ever? Maybe so. But when you hear a concert that musically satisfying, “best” is beside the point.

To read the original article, click here

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Anat Cohen, Pharaoh Sanders, Christian McBride: a jazz convergence

February 19th, 2015

From The Seattle Times

Anat Cohen, Pharaoh Sanders, Christian McBride: a jazz convergence
By: Paul de Barros

Three exceptionally strong jazz acts hit Seattle this week — clarinetist/saxophonist Anat Cohen, performing with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra (SRJO); veteran saxophonist Pharaoh Sanders, with an all-star band that includes drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts, guitarist Stanley Jordan and bassist Charnett Moffett; and bassist Christian McBride’s trio.

Cohen, who hails originally from Israel, has in the last few years become, hands down, the ascendant clarinetist in jazz.

Not just her beautiful, soulful sound but her architectural sense of a solo and exuberant sense of rhythm make her one of the most absorbing players — on any instrument — in the music today.

“She’s just at the top of the heap these days,” agrees SRJO co-director Michael Brockman. “She’s such a fiery, spirited player. She’s clearly a composer on the clarinet.”

For her concerts with the orchestra — Saturday in Seattle, Sunday in Kirkland — Cohen sent arrangements of “Cry Me a River,” “La Comparsa,” “Ingênuo,” and Johnny Griffin’s “Do It,” all written by her friend Oded Lev-Ari.

She will also perform her intriguing version of Fats Waller’s bubbly “Jitterbug Waltz,” written in 9/8 time and including a mind-blowing, contrary bass line.

SRJO members will contribute charts for the show, including trombonist Dave Marriott’s take on Abdullah Ibrahim’s “The Wedding” and Brockman’s own arrangement of Lonnie Smith’s “And the World Weeps,” both of which Cohen has recorded on her own. Seattle pianist Jovino Santos Neto contributes his arrangements of Hermeto Pascoal’s “Bebê” and “Doce de Coco.”

Cohen is a profoundly multicultural player, who draws on Middle Eastern and Latin styles. Brockman sees that breadth as important for the SRJO, which has until now concentrated on the mainstream tradition.

“It’s time for our audiences to come along with us and explore a wider swath of large ensemble jazz that comes from all parts of the world,” says Brockman.

In addition to her shows, Cohen will do an onstage interview Sunday, Feb. 22, at Temple Beth Am.

To read the rest of the article, click here

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Luminous Anat Cohen Debuts Her New Album at Jazz Standard

February 20th, 2015

From zealnyc.com

Luminous Anat Cohen Debuts Her New Album at Jazz Standard

Born in Tel Aviv, Israel and based in New York, Anat Cohen stands prominently as one of today’s jazz’s top go-to performers who has appeared as a frequent bandstand collaborator with Newport Jazz Festival impresario George Wein as well as playing/recording in an ensemble with her brothers (older brother Yuval, younger brother Avishai). She’s also a co-founder of the impressive record label Anzic with her business partner Oded Lev-Ari. While she plays a mean tenor saxophone, her true voice is on clarinet—she’s been triumphed as DownBeat’s critics and readers poll as the top clarinetist in jazz for several years running. Displaying her knack for interpreting Brazilian classics as well as composing dynamic originals, Cohen sets up shop at Jazz Standard for five nights to celebrate the release of her seventh album, Luminosa. Of the album, she says that that its sound “reflects my musical life in New York City. I flow between modern and traditional jazz, between samba and choro—all maybe in a week’s time.” Joining her will be members of her touring quartet (Jason Lindner on keyboards, Joe Martin on bass and Daniel Freedman on drums) in addition to guests guitarist Romero Lubambo and Gilad Hekselman, percussionist Gilmar Gomes and Brazilian artists from her new band, Choro Aventuroso.

To read the original article, click here

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Anat Cohen, Pharaoh Sanders, Christian McBride: a jazz convergence

February 20th, 2015

From The Seattle Times

Anat Cohen, Pharaoh Sanders, Christian McBride: a jazz convergence
By Paul de Barros

Three exceptionally strong jazz acts hit Seattle this week — clarinetist/saxophonist Anat Cohen, performing with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra (SRJO); veteran saxophonist Pharaoh Sanders, with an all-star band that includes drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts, guitarist Stanley Jordan and bassist Charnett Moffett; and bassist Christian McBride’s trio.

Cohen, who hails originally from Israel, has in the last few years become, hands down, the ascendant clarinetist in jazz.

Not just her beautiful, soulful sound but her architectural sense of a solo and exuberant sense of rhythm make her one of the most absorbing players — on any instrument — in the music today.

“She’s just at the top of the heap these days,” agrees SRJO co-director Michael Brockman. “She’s such a fiery, spirited player. She’s clearly a composer on the clarinet.”

To read the full article click here

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