Anat Cohen and Choro Aventuroso at 54 Below

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Friday August 23, 2013


Weekend Jazz best bets: Anat Cohen’s Choro clarinet at 54 Below and the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival at Marcus Garvey Park
By: Wayne Lockwood

It’s hard to believe, watching Anat Cohen move so gracefully on clarinet with a hot group of Brazilian players, that about 15 years ago she hadn’t encountered Choro, the music she loves so much.

‘I didn’t know about it at all,’ she said. ‘ I lived in Boston and started to play with Brazilian musicians there in 1998. Then, with the scene, I started playing a weekly Choro night. For a while, I thought I would never get it — you know, this music is so hard. It was a slow and wonderful process. It’s really about playing with people who love music and love life.’

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