Anat Cohen Quartet, Monday, April 22, 2013

Anat Cohen Quartet

Monday, April 22, 2013
Kuumbwa Jazz

“… delicious lyricism… a dynamic leader.” – Down Beat magazine

Anat Cohen is a fresh shot of energy for the often neglected clarinet. Popular during the swing era, the clarinet was the preferred instrument of jazz legends Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, and Woody Herman. During the bebop era, the ‘licorice stick’ was superseded by the brassy saxophone as the reed instrument of choice. Yet, more recently, the influences of Brazilian choros and Old World klezmer music have re-introduced the jazz world to the clarinet, with Anat leading the charge. She has won the clarinet category in both the Jazz Journalists and DownBeat jazz polls, and her onstage exuberance is absolutely contagious. Her brothers, trumpeter Avishai, and saxophonist Yuval – with whom she occasionally performs in The 3 Cohens – are also respected jazz musicians. Claroscuro is her latest CD. Her band features Jason Lindner on piano; Joe Martin on bass; and Daniel Freedman on drums.

Born in Tel Aviv, Israel, Anat Cohen grew up around music with early exposure to American jazz recordings. She started clarinet lessons at 12 years of age and studied at the Tel Avid School for the Arts and, later, the Jaffa Music Conservatory. In high school, she added tenor saxophone to her arsenal of instruments and played in the school’s big band. Following high school, she fulfilled her military obligation as a member of the Israeli Air Force band. In 1996, her love of jazz led her to the Berklee School of Music in Boston where she further developed her chops on the clarinet and the saxophone. During her time at Berklee, Anat also developed a love for Afro-Cuban and Brazilian rhythms, immersing herself in the music of those cultures.

After graduating from Berklee, in 1999, Cohen headed for New York City where she first met the members of her current band. She freelanced at first, playing every kind of music: Afro-Cuban, klezmer, Argentinean, Brazilian choros, and anything else where she could hone her skills and work with other musicians. In 2005, Anat felt ready to put out her own music and formed her own record label, Anzic Records. The jazz media took immediate notice of her efforts, heralding the arrival of a new clarinet talent. The Jazz Journalists Association voted her Clarinetist of the Year for 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012. She was also voted Mult-Reedist of the Year for 2012, a new category. In a concert review of Anat, DownBeat magazine observed: “Cohen not only proved to be a woodwind revelation of dark tones and delicious lyricism, but also a dynamic bandleader who danced and shouted out encouragement to her group.” For Anat Cohen, music means fun, and fun means music!

Anat Cohen Quartet

DATE: Monday, April 22, 2013
PLACE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 7:00 PM
PRICE: $22/Adv $25/Door
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at:
MORE INFO: or 831-427-2227 

Media contact:
Jason Byrne


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