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Monday December 04, 2017

From All About Jazz

Anat Cohen Tentet at SFJAZZ
By: Harry S. Pariser

An evening with clarinetist extraordinaire Anat Cohen is an unforgettable experience. Residents of San Francisco were fortunate to see Cohen and her Tentet at SFJAZZ on a cool Sunday evening. A native of Tel Aviv, the 38-year-old Cohen studied at Berklee School of Music in Boston before moving to New York City. A decade ago, the Jazz Journalists Association awarded her both “Up and Coming Artist” and “Clarinetist of the Year.” They have honored her as “Clarinetist of the Year” every year since then, and she has been voted “Multi-Reedist of the Year” three times since she was first awarded the honor by the Association in 2012. And she has also ranked in a number of Downbeat’s readers’ and critics’ polls alike, taking the top title for clarinet every year since 2010, as well as receiving other awards and offers, including being nominated for two grammy awards.

Cohen cites influences ranging from Cuba’s Los Muñequitos de Matanzas to John Coltrane “who has a spiritual influence,” to Miles Davis to Dexter Gordon, as well as innumerable Brazilian artists including Milton Nascimento and Moacir Santos. At Berklee, Cohen had first become enamored with Brazilian music, this led her to Brazil where she fell in love with its intoxicating choro music, which she has introduced to audiences worldwide.

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