Jazz Fest, Final Night: Ron reviews Newport Jazz Festival All Stars

June 29th, 2014

From City Newspaper
By: Ron Netsky

Jazz Fest, Final Night: Ron reviews Newport Jazz Festival All Stars, Stephanie Trick, and Scott Feiner & Pandeiro Jazz

Imagine Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Spider-Man all working together. That’s what it was like when the Newport Jazz Festival All Stars took the stage to celebrate the great festival’s 60th anniversary at Kilbourn Hall Saturday night.

There was trumpeter Randy Brecker, clarinetist-saxophonist Anat Cohen, singer Karrin Allyson, pianist Peter Martin, guitarist Mark Whitfield, bassist Larry Grenadier, and drummer Clarence Penn. Most of them had led groups at the XRIJF before; now they were a supergroup.

The configuration varied from full band to a beautiful guitar solo by Whitfield. Allyson performed a haunting rendition of “’Round Midnight” accompanied only by Grenadier. Every solo was excellent; Cohen’s and Brecker’s were outstanding.

The highpoint of the show came midway through when Penn introduced a tune with a riddle: What song was covered by Donna Summer, Grace Jones, Louis Armstrong, and Pavarotti? If you haven’t guessed, it’s “La Vie En Rose.”

The song, written in 1945, was the perfect vehicle for a tribute to the longevity of the Newport Festival. Cohen, who had been playing saxophone, picked up her clarinet and blew everyone away, only to be matched in a solo by Brecker. The result: the crowd went wild and gave the group a rare mid-set standing ovation.

At the end of the show, the group returned to the stage after the second standing ovation in a loose, anything-goes frame of mind. Allyson took over at the piano; Cohen and Martin danced. But that didn’t stop them from making more great music.

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Three Cool Cats Make Up the Cohen Jazz Trifecta

June 11th, 2014

from jpost.com

Three cool cats make up the Cohen jazz trifecta
By: Barry Davis

Members of bands that stay in business for a long time – and they are generally few and far between – often talk about having a sense of kinship. That includes the squabbles as well as the closeness and the shared creative nous.

Jazz trumpeter Avishai Cohen and his cohorts in this evening’s closing slot of this year’s Jazz at the Opera series certainly share a great deal of empathy, sympathy and, yes, even love. For Cohen’s principal collaborators in the 3 Cohens concert are sister Anat, who plays tenor saxophone and clarinet, and soprano saxophonist Yuval.

Each of the siblings has been busy forging successful solo careers for some years now. Avishai and Anat are long time New York residents, and all three attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. Yuval relocated back here after experiencing some health-related issues – thankfully, all is well with him now – while the other two have continued working from their stateside bases, making forays over here and elsewhere around the world.

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Three Cool Cats Make Up the Cohen Jazz Trifecta

June 11th, 2014

from jpost.com

Three cool cats make up the Cohen jazz trifecta
By: Barry Davis

Members of bands that stay in business for a long time – and they are generally few and far between – often talk about having a sense of kinship. That includes the squabbles as well as the closeness and the shared creative nous.

Jazz trumpeter Avishai Cohen and his cohorts in this evening’s closing slot of this year’s Jazz at the Opera series certainly share a great deal of empathy, sympathy and, yes, even love. For Cohen’s principal collaborators in the 3 Cohens concert are sister Anat, who plays tenor saxophone and clarinet, and soprano saxophonist Yuval.

Each of the siblings has been busy forging successful solo careers for some years now. Avishai and Anat are long time New York residents, and all three attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. Yuval relocated back here after experiencing some health-related issues – thankfully, all is well with him now – while the other two have continued working from their stateside bases, making forays over here and elsewhere around the world.

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Confirmed Tourdates As Of February 27th, 2014

May 24th, 2014: The Terrace Theater, The Kennedy Center Washington, DC USA [Anat Cohen Quartet]
June 10th, 2014: Village Vanguard New York, NY USA [Anat Cohen Quartet]
June 11th, 2014: Village Vanguard New York, NY USA [Anat Cohen Quartet]
June 12th, 2014: Village Vanguard New York, NY USA [Anat Cohen Quartet]
June 13th, 2014: Village Vanguard New York, NY USA [Anat Cohen Quartet]
June 14th, 2014: Village Vanguard New York, NY USA [Anat Cohen Quartet]
June 15th, 2014: Village Vanguard New York, NY USA [Anat Cohen Quartet]
June 18th, 2014: Enter Music Festival Poznan, Poland [3 Cohens Sextet featuring Anat, Yuval, and Avishai Cohen]
June 20th, 2014: The Israeli Opera Tel Aviv, Israel [3 Cohens Sextet featuring Anat, Yuval, and Avishai Cohen]
June 26th, 2014: Theatre Jean Duceppe Montréal, QC, CANADA [Newport Jazz Festival®: Now 60 featuring Anat Cohen, Karrin Allyson, Randy Brecker, Mark Whitfield, Peter Martin, Clarence Penn & Ben Allison]
June 29th, 2014: Saratoga Performing Arts Center Saratoga Springs, NY USA [Newport Jazz Festival®: Now 60 featuring Anat Cohen, Karrin Allyson, Randy Brecker, Mark Whitfield, Peter Martin, Clarence Penn & Larry Grenadier]
July 5th, 2014: Iowa City Jazz Festival Iowa City, IA USA [Anat Cohen Quartet]
July 14th, 2014: Umbria Jazz Festival Perugia, ITALY [Special Guest with Stefano Bollani-Hamilton De Holanda Duo]
July 14th, 2014: Arena Santa Giuliana - Umbria Jazz Festival Perugia, ITALY [Anat Cohen as special guest with the Stefano Bollani & Hamilton De Holanda Duo]
August 6th, 2014: Birdland New York, NY USA [Anat Cohen special guest with Django Festival All-stars]
August 7th, 2014: Birdland New York, NY USA [Anat Cohen special guest with Django Festival All-stars]
August 9th, 2014: Bellyeare Music Festival Highmount, NY USA [Romero Lubambo's Quintet Music of Brazil & Argentina + Pamela Driggs Featuring Anat Cohen Pablo Aslan's Tango Orchestra & Dancers]
September 13th, 2014: Lake George Amphitheatre Lake George, NY USA [Anat Cohen Quartet]
September 30th, 2014: Anat Cohen The Signature Jazz Cruise, USA
October 1st, 2014: Anat Cohen The Signature Jazz Cruise, USA
October 2nd, 2014: Anat Cohen The Signature Jazz Cruise, USA
October 3rd, 2014: Anat Cohen The Signature Jazz Cruise, USA
October 4th, 2014: Anat Cohen The Signature Jazz Cruise, USA
October 5th, 2014: Anat Cohen The Signature Jazz Cruise, USA
October 17th, 2014: The Allen Room, Jazz At Lincoln Center New York, NY USA [Anat Cohen Quartet, Choro Aventuroso]
October 18th, 2014: The Allen Room, Jazz At Lincoln Center New York, NY USA [Anat Cohen Quartet, Choro Aventuroso]
October 21st, 2014: PizzaExpress Live London, England [Anat Cohen ]
October 26th, 2014: Teatro Manzoni Milano, ITALY [Anat Cohen Quartet]
October 28th, 2014: Batzen-Sudwerk Bolzano, ITALY [Anat Cohen Quartet]
November 3rd, 2014: Zagrebačko Kazalište Mladih Zagreb, Croatia [Anat Cohen Quartet]
November 5th, 2014: Besední Dům Brno, Czech Republic [Anat Cohen Quartet]
November 6th, 2014: Agharta Jazz Centrum Prague, Czech Republic [Anat Cohen Quartet]
November 16th, 2014: Teatro Studio Rome, ITALY [3 Cohens Sextet featuring Anat, Yuval & Avishai Cohen]
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Confirmed Tourdates As Of February 27th, 2014

May 24th, 2014: The Terrace Theater, The Kennedy Center Washington, DC USA [Anat Cohen Quartet]
June 10th, 2014: Village Vanguard New York, NY USA [Anat Cohen Quartet]
June 11th, 2014: Village Vanguard New York, NY USA [Anat Cohen Quartet]
June 12th, 2014: Village Vanguard New York, NY USA [Anat Cohen Quartet]
June 13th, 2014: Village Vanguard New York, NY USA [Anat Cohen Quartet]
June 14th, 2014: Village Vanguard New York, NY USA [Anat Cohen Quartet]
June 15th, 2014: Village Vanguard New York, NY USA [Anat Cohen Quartet]
June 18th, 2014: Enter Music Festival Poznan, Poland [3 Cohens Sextet featuring Anat, Yuval, and Avishai Cohen]
June 20th, 2014: The Israeli Opera Tel Aviv, Israel [3 Cohens Sextet featuring Anat, Yuval, and Avishai Cohen]
June 26th, 2014: Theatre Jean Duceppe Montréal, QC, CANADA [Newport Jazz Festival®: Now 60 featuring Anat Cohen, Karrin Allyson, Randy Brecker, Mark Whitfield, Peter Martin, Clarence Penn & Ben Allison]
June 29th, 2014: Saratoga Performing Arts Center Saratoga Springs, NY USA [Newport Jazz Festival®: Now 60 featuring Anat Cohen, Karrin Allyson, Randy Brecker, Mark Whitfield, Peter Martin, Clarence Penn & Larry Grenadier]
July 14th, 2014: Arena Santa Giuliana - Umbria Jazz Festival Perugia, ITALY [Anat Cohen as special guest with the Stefano Bollani & Hamilton De Holanda Duo]
July 14th, 2014: Umbria Jazz Festival Perugia, ITALY [Special Guest with Stefano Bollani-Hamilton De Holanda Duo]
August 6th, 2014: Birdland New York, NY USA [Anat Cohen special guest with Django Festival All-stars]
August 7th, 2014: Birdland New York, NY USA [Anat Cohen special guest with Django Festival All-stars]
August 9th, 2014: Bellyeare Music Festival Highmount, NY USA [Romero Lubambo's Quintet Music of Brazil & Argentina + Pamela Driggs Featuring Anat Cohen Pablo Aslan's Tango Orchestra & Dancers]
September 13th, 2014: Lake George Amphitheatre Lake George, NY USA [Anat Cohen Quartet]
September 30th, 2014: Anat Cohen The Signature Jazz Cruise, USA
October 1st, 2014: Anat Cohen The Signature Jazz Cruise, USA
October 2nd, 2014: Anat Cohen The Signature Jazz Cruise, USA
October 3rd, 2014: Anat Cohen The Signature Jazz Cruise, USA
October 4th, 2014: Anat Cohen The Signature Jazz Cruise, USA
October 5th, 2014: Anat Cohen The Signature Jazz Cruise, USA
October 17th, 2014: The Allen Room, Jazz At Lincoln Center New York, NY USA [Anat Cohen Quartet, Choro Aventuroso]
October 18th, 2014: The Allen Room, Jazz At Lincoln Center New York, NY USA [Anat Cohen Quartet, Choro Aventuroso]
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An all-star bill brings Newport jazz to Kansas City

March 19th, 2014

from kansascity.com

An all-star bill brings Newport jazz to Kansas City
By: Joe Klopus

Rhode Island’s Newport Jazz Festival has made lots of history in its 60 tumultuous years. It’s the site of musical milestones and great performances, as heard on live albums by Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Dave Brubeck, John Coltrane and Billie Holiday. There have been troubles, too: crowds that were unruly at times, a name change or two, and several relocations. But somehow the festival rolls on and is still a vital force. That’s something to celebrate.

So the presenters have sent an all-star package of Newport artists on the road. The “Newport Jazz Festival: Now 60” tour is coming to the Gem Theater on Saturday. These are the stars on the bil

To read the full article click “here”: http://www.kansascity.com/2014/03/19/4898373/newport-jazz-artists-come-to-kc.html#storylink=cpy

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Group has the cred to fly Newport banner

March 20th, 2014

from southbendtribune.com

Group has the cred to fly Newport banner
By: Jack Walton

For most of us here in the Midwest, the Newport Jazz Festival is a phenomenon that exists in our record collections rather than in our vacation plans.
The posh seaside setting in Rhode Island has provided a backdrop for some incredible performances over the past six decades, but to celebrate the event’s 60th anniversary, an all-star lineup is bringing the festival to us.

Under the leadership of musical director Anat Cohen, a tour called “Newport Jazz Festival: Now 60” makes a stop Wednesday at Lake Michigan College’s Mendel Center in Benton Harbor.

To read the full article click “here”:

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An all-star bill brings Newport jazz to Kansas City

March 19th, 2014

from kansascity.com

An all-star bill brings Newport jazz to Kansas City
By: Joe Klopus

Rhode Island’s Newport Jazz Festival has made lots of history in its 60 tumultuous years. It’s the site of musical milestones and great performances, as heard on live albums by Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Dave Brubeck, John Coltrane and Billie Holiday. There have been troubles, too: crowds that were unruly at times, a name change or two, and several relocations. But somehow the festival rolls on and is still a vital force. That’s something to celebrate.

So the presenters have sent an all-star package of Newport artists on the road. The “Newport Jazz Festival: Now 60” tour is coming to the Gem Theater on Saturday. These are the stars on the bil

To read the full article click “here”: http://www.kansascity.com/2014/03/19/4898373/newport-jazz-artists-come-to-kc.html#storylink=cpy

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Group has the cred to fly Newport banner

March 20th, 2014

from southbendtribune.com

Group has the cred to fly Newport banner
By: Jack Walton

For most of us here in the Midwest, the Newport Jazz Festival is a phenomenon that exists in our record collections rather than in our vacation plans.
The posh seaside setting in Rhode Island has provided a backdrop for some incredible performances over the past six decades, but to celebrate the event’s 60th anniversary, an all-star lineup is bringing the festival to us.

Under the leadership of musical director Anat Cohen, a tour called “Newport Jazz Festival: Now 60” makes a stop Wednesday at Lake Michigan College’s Mendel Center in Benton Harbor.

To read the full article click “here”:

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Multi-grain jazz

March 27th, 2014

from lansingcitypulse.com

Multi-grain jazz
Newport tour kneads diverse group of stars into one hot loaf

By: Lawrence Cosentino

Detroit-born jazzman Clarence Penn savored an afternoon of solitary bread baking last week. Drummers don’t often get to cook alone.
“If you could smell my house right now, it’s killing,” he said. “I know what’s in it. No weird chemicals. Three or four simple ingredients.”
This week, New York-based Penn is back to cooking on stage as part of an all-star band celebrating the 60th birthday of Rhode Island’s Newport Jazz Festival, coming to the Wharton Center Thursday.

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