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.
With 2012's Claroscuro, Cohen began showcasing her growing interest in various world musics including African rhythms, New Orleans Creole traditions, Brazilian samba, and more. It was an approach she continued to explore on her next release, 2015's eclectic, Brazilian choro-infused Luminosa. In 2017, she delivered two collaborative Brazilian-tinged albums: Outra Coisa, a duo album with guitarist Marcello Gonçalves, and Rosa Dos Ventos featuring Trio Brasileiro. ~ Matt Collar