Winner of nine consecutive Jazz Journalist Association awards for Clarinetist of the Year, multiple DownBeat Critics and Readers Polls, and a wealth of other accolades, Israeli-born clarinetist and saxophonist Anat Cohen has taken the jazz world by storm, winning hearts and minds the world over with her expressive virtuosity and delightful stage presence.
An established bandleader and prolific composer, Cohen’s music is a unique blend of modern and traditional jazz, classical music, Brazilian choro, Argentine tango, and an expansive timeline of Afro-Cuban styles. The New York Times describes Cohen as “a clarinetist of reliable ebullience,” and The Wall Street Journal writes, “What’s not to love about a young clarinetist and saxophonist who plays everything we love — modern jazz, world music, ‘hot’ New Orleans style jazz — and does it all brilliantly?”
In 2015 Cohen will be showcasing her love of all Brazilian music — including BMP, Tropicalia, and Choro with a new as of yet titled studio recording and a new touring project called Celebrando Brasil: From Rio to Minas. Featuring a sextet of musicians from all over the world playing both traditional Brazilian instruments and backed by her trusted quartet, Celebrando Brasil is a musical travelogue of sorts infused with Cohen’s warm spirit and unmistakable sound.