Monday February 04, 2013
3 Cohens, many influences
By: Bob Weinberg
George Wein’s Newport All-Stars seemed a bit out of place among the percussive, groove-heavy lineup of San Juan’s 2010 Heineken Jazz Fest. How would a bluesy, traditional jazz group fare amidst a roster of Latin-jazz superstars? And yet, when the band’s clarinetist, the Israeli-born Anat Cohen, started blowing hot ‘n’ sweet notes into the humid night air, the largely Puertorriqueño audience stood and cheered as if she were a daughter of the Enchanted Isle.
Ovations for Cohen’s virtuosity have been fairly universal. She topped December’s DownBeat Readers Poll on her instrument and has a virtual lock on best clarinetist — six years running — as voted on by the Jazz Journalists Association.
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