From NYC by way of Israel, the Anat Cohen Quartet, integrated by Anat Cohen on clarinet and saxophone, Aaron Goldberg on piano, Vicente Archer on bass and Daniel Freedman on drums, played at the Rex Jazz and Blues Bar in Toronto on March 18, 2015 as part of the second annual Israeli Jazz Showcase presented by the TD Toronto Jazz Festival and the Canada-Israel Cultural Foundation, showcasing her new CD “Luminosa,” with its Brazilian inspiration, and other music from her extensive discography.
Israeli-born clarinetist and saxophonist Anat Cohen was voted Clarinetist of the Year eight years in a row by the Jazz Journalists Association. She has topped the clarinet category in both the critics and readers polls in DownBeat magazine every year since 2011, and was DownBeat’s Rising Star Jazz Artist of the Year in 2010.
Anat Cohen grew up in Tel Aviv in a musical family and began playing clarinet at age 12. She attended the Tel Aviv School for the Arts, but her love for jazz began when she played clarinet in a Dixieland band at the Jaffa Music Conservatory. At 16, she joined the school’s big band and took up tenor saxophone. That year she also entered the Thelma Yellin High School for the Arts, where she majored in jazz. After graduation, she played tenor sax in the Israeli Air Force band.
A scholarship brought her to the Berklee College of Music in Boston in 1996. After graduating from Berklee in 1999, Anat Cohen moved to New York and spent the next decade touring with an all-woman big band, the Diva Jazz Orchestra. She also worked in Brazilian groups like the Choro Ensemble and Duduka Da Fonseca’s Samba Jazz Quintet, and performed the music of Louis Armstrong with David Ostwald’s Gully Low Jazz Band.
Her credits as a band leader include serving as music director of the Newport Jazz Festival Now 60! all-star band, which toured the country for the festival’s 60th anniversary in 2014.
More about Anat Cohen on: anatcohen.com
Photos by: Atael Weissman
14th Annual Puerto Rico Jazz Jam at Centro de Bellas Artes in Santurce
Hilario Durán and his Latin Jazz Big Band Nominated for 2024 JUNO Awards
John Santos Sextet “Vieja Escuela” CD Release Concert
Past, Present and Future in the Music of Aruán Ortiz
The Latin Side of Jazz Episode 36
Roberto Fonseca: La Gran Diversión
Introducing Percussionist, Composer Vernon Chatlein
Cuban Pianist, Composer Dánae Olano To Release Debut Album: “Children’s Corner”
Vernon Chatlein: Imershón
Corina Bartra Afro Peruvian New Trends Orchestra: Cosmic Synchronicities
Colette Michaan: Earth Rebirth
Adriano Clemente: The Coltrane Suite and Other Impressions
Juan García-Herreros – The Snow Owl: Normas
Raphael Cruz Reaffirms His Commitment To Latin Jazz!
Edy Martínez, the Music Architect Behind the Piano
Rubén Blades con Roberto Delgado & Orquesta · Son de Panamá
Celebrating Emiliano Salvador and his Musical Legacy
Cubano Be, Cubano Bop: A Memorable Night in Toronto with Poncho Sánchez
A Conversation with Percussionist, Bandleader Poncho Sanchez
The Odyssey of Anat Cohen
Paquito D’Rivera & Quinteto Cimarrón: Aires Tropicales
Have You Seen My Nana? The Enduring Genius of Moacir Santos
Enrique Rodríguez: Enriquito – Me Quito El Sombrero
Roberto López Afro-Colombian Jazz Orchestra: Azul
Most Read in 2023
Concert Reviews10 months ago
TO Live Presents: Arturo Sandoval Septet – Bringing The Heat to Toronto
Featured8 months ago
SANTOS: Skin To Skin – Film Review
News10 months ago
Benjamin Lapidus Releases New Album: “Blues For Ochún”
Liner Notes9 months ago
Conrad Herwig: Soulfully Mad for Charles Mingus on The Latin Side of Mingus