Anat Cohen is making the clarinet cool

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Friday March 01, 2013


Anat Cohen is making the clarinet cool
By: Chris Smith

Jazz musician Anat Cohen is adept at tenor and soprano saxophones, as well as the clarinet.As a good jazz musician, clarinettist and saxophonist Anat Cohen will introduce surprises into her performances — a tune you didn’t expect, an unusual phrase, a solo you’ll talk about for a long time.

Or — as when the Israeli-born, New York-based Cohen leads her quartet here in three concerts next month — she’ll add another musician to the mix: the harmonica player GrĂ©goire Maret.

“It’s not finalized what we’ll play,” Cohen says in a telephone interview from New York. “We’ll see. I love the way he plays, the sound of harmonica with clarinet.”

Cohen is on an extensive tour of North America and Europe with her quartet, featuring music from her latest CD, Claroscuro, but Maret has been added to the lineup only for the Winnipeg shows, March 9 and 10, as part of the Izzy Asper Jazz Performances series.

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