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Anat Cohen

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Israeli-born saxophonist, clarinetist, and flutist Anat Cohen is an adroit jazz musician with a bent toward sophisticated post-bop, Brazilian music, and layered, modern creative improvisation. Born in Tel Aviv, Israel in 1975, Cohen grew up in a musical family along with her two brothers, soprano saxophonist Yuval Cohen and trumpeter Avishai Cohen. As a child, she started with clarinet lessons, later adding saxophone while attending the Jaffa Music Centre. After completing her compulsory military service, during which time she played in the Israeli Air Force Big Band, Cohen enrolled at Boston's Berklee College of Music, ultimately graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Music. Upon graduating Berklee in the late '90s she relocated to New York City, where she found work with such luminaries as bandleader Duduka Da Fonseca, singer/percussionist Cyro Baptista, trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, drummer Louis Hayes, guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, pianist Rachel Z, and many others. She is a longtime member of the all-female big band DIVA, as well as the Brazilian jazz-influenced Choro Ensemble. She also plays and records regularly with her siblings in the jazz group 3 Cohens. As a solo artist, Cohen debuted with 2005's Place and Time, followed by 2007's Noir, 2007's Poetica, and 2008's Notes from the Village. In 2010 she delivered the concert album Clarinetwork: Live at the Village Vanguard. Two years later she returned with Claroscuro. In 2015 Cohen released her seventh album as leader, the eclectic, Brazilian choro-infused Luminosa. ~ Matt Collar


1975 in Tel Aviv, Israel

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