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Special Guest: Art D'echo Trio + 1


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Voted Clarinetist of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association every year since 2007, this sophisticated and charismatic multi award-winning Grammy-nominee will debut her intimate new, Brazilian-inspired Quartetinho.


Jazz clarinetist Anat Cohen has followed her muse from childhood in Israel with musical brothers Avishai (trumpet) and Yuval (saxophone) to high-powered music education, then into numerous bands of various sizes, styles and sounds.


While she first recorded with her brothers, her 22 albums feature nearly a dozen bands.


Her latest, the Brazilian-inspired “Quartetinho,” marks the latest chapter in her daring ride of fearless creative curiosity.


Cohen first studied clarinet in Israel, moving from the Jaffa Conservatory’s Dixieland band to Berklee in Boston while moonlighting in New York clubs. She’s worked in contexts as sparse as a duo with pianist Fred Hersch and as elaborately arranged as the Anzic Orchestra, the Choro Ensemble and her own Tentet, which played Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival in 2018. That fall, she also led a quartet at A Place for Jazz. She’s played in all-women bands Diva Jazz Orchestra and Artemis and led an all-star clarinet combo in a Benny Goodman tribute, and the Newport Jazz Festival Now 60! all-star touring band.


Her fascination with soulful Brazilian jazz blossomed in collaborations with Marcello Gonsalves, Trio Brasiliero and other heroes. Her “Outra Coisa” and “Rosa Dos Ventos” won Grammy nominations as Best World Music and Best Latin Jazz albums. After two albums and tours with her Tentet big band, Cohen formed her Quartetinho (Portuguese for “little quartet,” a too-modest title) to continue exploring Brazilian jazz.


From upper-register cries of joy to melancholy down low, Cohen plays with breathtaking fluency. Honored as Clarinetist of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association every year since 2007, Cohen was named Rising Star as both soprano and tenor saxophonist and Jazz Artist of the Year.


"Anat does what all authentic musicians do,” jazz journalist giant Nat Hentoff wrote, “She tells stories from her own experiences that are so deeply felt that they are very likely to connect listeners to their own dreams, desires and longings.”


Special Guests: Art D’echo Trio + 1

The veteran Art D’echo Trio – led by pianist/educator David Gleason, bassist Mike Lawrence and drummer Pete Sweeney – is the region’s primo jazz piano trio and most versatile rhythm section. For this show, they will lean in a Latin jazz direction with the addition of omni-percussionist Brian Melick.

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