October 04th, 23h30

Anat Cohen . Clarinet
Oded Lev Ari . Musical Director
Vitor Goncalves . Piano, Accordion
Sheryl Bailey . Electric Guitar
Tal Mashiach . Double Bass
Christopher Hoffman . Cello
Nadje Noordhius . Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Nick Finzer . Trombone
Owen Broder . Baritone Saxophone
James Shipp . Vibraphone, Percussion
Anthony Pinciotti . Drums


Ever charismatic, prolific and inspired, Grammy-nominated clarinetist-saxophonist Anat Cohen has won hearts and minds the world over with her expressive virtuosity and delightful stage presence.

Anat was born in Tel Aviv, Israel, on December 31, 1979 and raised into a musical family. She attended the Tel Aviv School for the Arts, the “Thelma Yellin” High School for the Arts and the Jaffa Music Conservatory. Anat began clarinet studies at age 12 and played jazz on clarinet for the first time in the Jaffa Conservatory’s Dixieland band. At 16, she joined the school’s big band and learned to play the tenor saxophone; it was this same year that Anat entered the prestigious Thelma Yellin school, where she majored in jazz. After graduation, she discharged her mandatory Israeli military service duty from 1993-95, playing tenor saxophone in the Israeli Air Force band.

Through the World Scholarship Tour, Anat was able to attend the Berklee College of Music, where she graduated in 1999. Meanwhile she knew such future collaborators as Jason Lindner, Omer Avital and Daniel Freedman. Moving to New York in 1999, Anat spent a decade touring with Sherrie Maricle’s all-woman big band, The Diva Jazz Orchestra; she also worked in such Brazilian groups as the Choro Ensemble and Duduka Da Fonseca’s Samba Jazz Quintet, along with performing the music of Louis Armstrong with David Ostwald’s “Gully Low Jazz Band”.

Since 2005 (her debut album, Place & Time, featuring Jason Lindner, Ben Street, Jeff Ballard, and Avishai Cohen), Anat’s series of releases via her Anzic Records label have seen the clarinetist-saxophonist range from infectious swingers to lilting balladry, from small groups to larger ensembles and back again, exploring a universe of music along the way. On 2017 the Anat Cohen Tentet released its first álbum, Happy Song, and on June 14, 2019 the band reached a new crest in its evolution with its second recording – Triple Helix. The Tentet features a vibrant mix of ace New York players – Nadje Noordhuis (Trumpet, Flugelhorn), Nick Finzer (Trombone), Owen Browder (Baritone Saxophone), Christopher Hoffman (Cello), Vitor Gonçalves (piano, accordion), Sheryl Bailey (Guitar), Tal Mashiach (Bass), James Shipp (Vibraphone, Percussion) and Anthony Pinciotti (drums).

Anat has been declared Clarinetist of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association every year since 2007 and has also been named the top clarinetist in both the readers and critics polls in DownBeat for multiple years running. That’s not to mention years of being named Rising Star in the soprano and tenor saxophone categories in DownBeat, as well as Jazz Artist of the Year. In 2009, ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) awarded Anat a Wall of Fame prize for composition and musicianship, among other honors. As The Chicago Tribune has said about Anat, “The lyric beauty of her tone, easy fluidity of her technique and extroverted manner of her delivery make this music accessible to all.”

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