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Monday September 17, 2012

from wsj.com

Anat Project It All
By: Tad Hendrickson

The New York jazz community, long populated by players from around the world, has seen a major influx of excellent Israeli musicians in last 20 years.

Among this crowd, the stand-out is doubtless Anat Cohen, who as a clarinetist and multi-reedist has topped several jazz polls in recent years. Now living in Williamsburg, Ms. Cohen in 2009 became the first Israeli-born bandleader to play the Village Vanguard. This week, she returns to the jazz shrine on Seventh Avenue.

“Wherever I go and play, people who find out I’m from Israel ask me in the first, second or third question if I know Anat and say how much they love Anat,” said guitarist Roni Ben-Hur. “She has fans everywhere. But I think that’s a reflection on her individually rather than where she comes from.”

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