Hot News February 2007

Soloist Anat Cohen

Anat Cohen and Mike Getzin

Soloist Cohen

DIVA Jazz Roster

DIVA Program

24 February 2007

Anat Cohen, Star Jazz Clarinetist performing with the DIVA Jazz Orchestra along with the Binghamton Philharmonic Pops held 24 February 2007 in Binghamton, New York

       A unique concert with the Binghamton Philharmonic Pops, the DIVA Jazz Orchestra (Big Band) and all women, and Israeli born Clarinetist and Tenor Saxophonist Anat Cohen, performed an evening of jazz classics of all the major names including Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, and more.  Information about the Band and soloists above in the galleries. Special mention should focus on Anat Cohen, born in Tel Aviv and making a major impact in the jazz world.  Several CD's have been produced featuring this soloist who has been named as a major star by Downbeat Magazine for her accomplishments.  She has performed in the Israel Air Force Big Band before coming to the USA, and being recipient for scholarship at the Berkley School of Music.  She is active in New York and tours extensively.

Originally from Tel Aviv, Anat Cohen has performed around the world sharing her astounding musicianship. From Europe to Asia , from the Middle East to South America, Anat is rapidly becoming a major force on the global world music and jazz scene. Aside from her extraordinary instrumental abilities on soprano and tenor saxes, clarinet and flute, she has a natural ability to absorb the music of different cultures, process it and interpret it with her own special take.

After performing extensively in Israel, Anat Cohen spent 2 years as a saxophonist and clarinetist with the Israeli Air Force Big Band. A scholarship to the Berklee College of Music brought her to Boston, MA in 1996. Since graduating with her BA in Professional Music from Berklee, Anat moved to New York City where she continues to perform with various bands in the city as well as keeping a busy global touring schedule.

For the past six years, Anat has been a member of DIVA and Five Play. Anat is featured on their latest CD, Sherrie Maricle & the DIVA Jazz Orchestra, Live in Concert. While with DIVA, Anat has had the opportunity to perform with guest artists such as Nancy Wilson, Dave Brubeck, Slide Hampton and Diane Schuur.

Ms. Cohen is an integral part of a group called Choro Ensemble, the only New York–based ensemble dedicated to the authentic instrumental choro tradition of Brazil. The group was a featured guest artist at the Apollo Theater with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.

Anat has begun to perform as a band–leader in New York City clubs marked by the debut performance of her Quartet at Sweet Rhythm in 2004. Her current duo project with pianist Alon Yavnai is receiving great acclaim and the their debut CD Duo is scheduled for release in Spring 2004. Anat also appears together with her two brothers, Yuval Cohen and Avishai Cohen on BMG's CD – Summa Cum Jazz. The three Cohen's debut CD, One is scheduled for release in February 2004.

Anat has been a member of Duduka Da Fonseca's NY Samba Jazz (Brazilian Jazz), Brazooca Band (Brazilian Pop Music – MPB), Argentinean pianist/composer Pablo Ablanedo's Octet (From Down There, Alegria – CDs are out on Fresh Sound), Mango Blue - Afro Latin Band led by Ecuadorian Bassist Alex Alvear, and has recorded and toured with Colombian bassist/composer Juan Sebastian Monsalve (Bunde Nebuloso with Jason Lindner and Jeff Ballard).

As a guest artist, Anat has performed with many notable ensembles and orchestras including The New York Pops, The Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra and with such artists as Flip Phillips, Bucky Pizzarelli, Ruby Braff, Jamey Haddad, Louis Hayes, Arnie Lawrence, Rachel Z, Ingrid Jensen Yamandu Costa, and Cyro Baptista.

The winner of several prestigious awards, her playing has received accolades from reviewers like Jon Pareles, Nat Hentoff, Dan Morgenstern, and many more. She is an innovator who also understands and respects the value of preserving traditional musical forms. Hearing Anat today, it is clear that we will be hearing a lot about her in years to come.


Composer Masatoshi Mitsumoto and Soloist Ben Redwine in Premiere of new Sonatina

11 February 2007

Washington Musica Viva  Performance at the Atlas Performing Arts Center featuring several Premieres and New Jazz arrangements of music of Duke Ellington with Ensemble members and Clarinetist Ben Redwine

Washington, DC USA

          An interesting concert was performed at a newly renovated Atlas Theatre featuring new arrangements of the music of Duke Ellington (born in Washington) with subtle and classic instrumentation and bass singer.   Arrangements were cast by Charley Gerard amongst other works related to his styles.   Program and composer information posted on the galleries above.   Of some interest was a world premiere of a new Clarinet Sonatina by Japanese composer Masatoshi Mitsumoto performed by Clarinetist Ben Redwine, well known for his eclectic concepts in both Classic and Jazz. 

The Sonatina for clarinet and piano was written in 2006 for Washington Musica Viva.
The composition was inspired by "The Pelican",  a poem by Alfred de Musset.
It is in three movements; Allegro inquietante, Largo triste, Allegro vivo.



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