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Anat Cohen at Davidson College

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Anat Cohen/Davidson College Jazz Ensemble & Jazz Combo Davidson College / Duke Family Performance HallDavidson, NC April 21, 2017 We've known for a long time that Anat Cohen can electrify audiences whenever she picks up her clarinet and plays. After her recent residency at Davidson College, we can now proclaim that she has a similar effect on jazz students--and faculty. At the public concert that concluded the residency, Professor Bill Lawing, after leading the Davidson ...

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Anat Cohen's Brazilian Bonanza: Outra Coisa and Rosa Dos Ventos

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It's not exactly a secret that Anat Cohen is smitten with the music of Brazil. Her clarinet is a key voice on the Choro Ensemble's albums, she's peppered her own dates with the work of Milton Nascimento, Chico Buarque, Luiz Bonfa, and Hermeto Pascoal, and she made the rounds in New York clubs--and on a pair of tracks from Luminosa (Anzic Records, 2015)--with a feisty crew dubbed Choro Aventuroso. She's an Israeli by birth and a New Yorker by address, ...

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Anat Cohen: Luminosa

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Anat Cohen's music is literally all over the map. Across her previous six albums, Cohen has explored the sounds of America, Brazil, France, Cuba, South Africa, and her homeland, Israel; she's addressed the work of John Coltrane, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Benny Goodman, Abdullah Ibrahim, Sam Cooke, Jacques Brel, Edith Piaf, Louis Armstrong, Ernesto Lecuona, Luiz Bonfa, and numerous others; and she's delivered original material that speaks to her ceaseless globetrotting. Here, she continues to explore a wide range of music, ...

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Anat Cohen & Choro Aventuroso Feat. Leni Andrade at 54 Below

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Anat Cohen & Choro Aventuroso, Feat. Leny Andrade54 BelowNew York, NYAugust 23, 2013The quartet. led by Anat Cohen, kicked off its early set with a selection of classic Brazilian choros that were enhanced by the individual talents of the Israeli reeds player's pan-Brazilian quartet, which featured accordion, acoustic seven-string guitar and pandeiro. The group's chemistry was quite palpable, and the musicians fed on each others' vibes, picking up immediately where one solo left off.

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Anat Cohen at Kennedy Center Jazz Club

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Anat Cohen has received no shortage of accolades of late and her rise is a testament to her stunning capacities on clarinet and saxophone. She is no stranger to Washington, DC audiences either, packing clubs and concert halls from Bohemian Caverns to the Sixth and I Synagogue. Most recently, Cohen filled the Kennedy Center's Jazz Club, where she helped highlight the modernistic trajectory that pianist Jason Moran is charting for the Center's jazz program as its new artistic director.

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Anat Cohen: Claroscuro

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Art begets art on Anat Cohen's Claroscuro. The Israeli-born, New York-based multi-reedist leaves the confines of Benny Goodman's world behind, following her clarinet-only sojourn into king of swing territory, Clarinetwork: Live At The Village Vanguard (Anzic, 2010), with a wide-ranging musical treatise on the balance between light and dark. Cohen addresses each end of the color spectrum on its own terms during this eleven-song program but, more often than not, plays one off the other within a single performance. She's ...

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Anat Cohen: Claroscuro

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Reed multi-instrumentalist Anat Cohen seems equally comfortable performing Brazilian jazz with Duduka Da Fonseca's quintet, contemporary jazz with her two brothers in the Three Cohens, or Afro-Cuban and more straight-ahead material with the countless ensembles with which she has worked over the years. Claroscuro reflects Cohen's unique ability to tackle multiple genres with the same dexterity. This is immediately evident with pianist Jason Lindner's “Anat's Dance," a contemporary tune with a Latin-esque feel that allows Cohen to stretch ...

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Anat Cohen: Clarinetwork Live at the Village Vanguard

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Anat CohenClarinetwork Live at the Village VanguardAnzic Records2010 Anat Cohen can make the clarinet sing--literally and figuratively. On Clarinetwork Live at the Village Vanguard her wonderful, flowing melodic lines swoop and soar like arias placating the most high. It is as if--in that spiritualised state of grace--Cohen, in her singular, burnished or blushing tone, is voicing the murmurings of the soul set free by the music. Cohen is an anomaly in ...

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Anat Cohen: Clarinetwork: Live at the Village Vanguard

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Anat Cohen is one of the major jazz success stories of the last decade. She arrived in New York from Israel in 1996 and, by the turn of the century, was an important factor in the reemergence of the clarinet as a solo jazz instrument. Yet her recordings have not captured the bacchanalian riot of Cohen in person, whirling on the stage, curls flying, unleashing clarinet notes in formally elegant torrents. Clarinetwork comes closer, in part because ...


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