Thursday April 11, 2013
Israeli clarinetist Anat Cohen is must-see Jazz Festival artist
By: Marvin Glassman
Israeli clarinetist Anat Cohen is on top of the music world. She has been voted as clarinetist of the year for six consecutive years (2007-12) by both the jazz music writers association and Downbeat Magazine, a popular magazine for jazz fans. Cohen has been compared to Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw, both whom are regarded as the greatest clarinetists in history.
Cohen will be performing in concert on April 18 for two shows with drummer Matt Wilson at Jazz At The Bistro as part of the 2013 St. Louis Jazz Festival.
“Being clarinetist of the year it is an honor that I will never take for granted and I appreciate all the support from the jazz music critics and my fans. Lots of people associate the clarinet as exclusively for folk music and klezmer music, but the clarinet is a prime musical instrument in jazz as well,” said the 36-year-old Cohen in a phone interview.
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