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Friday October 21, 2011

From Centre Daily Times

Life Experience Colors Anat Cohen’s Jazz
By: Jenna Spinelle

Anat Cohen’s second visit to Penn State promises to take the audience on a global journey and, along the way, show that jazz comes in many shapes and sizes.

Cohen, a clarinetist and saxophonist performing with her quartet at Penn State Oct. 27, grew up in Tel Aviv and spent time in the Israeli Air Force Band before moving to the United States in 1996 to study at Boston’s Berklee College of Music. Her performances encompass all of those experiences and showcase the musical influences of each quartet member.

“What’s special about this band is that everyone is coming from the tradition of jazz and everyone is an explorer as well,” Cohen said of pianist Jason Linder, bassist Joe Martin and drummer Daniel Freedman. “There are different kinds of world music … and the music is definitely taking listeners on a journey to different places in the world and the different vibes that exist there.”

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