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Thursday August 05, 2010

from The Hartford Courant

Israeli Clarinetist Anat Cohen’ Featured Sunday at Litchfield Jazz Festival

By Owen McNally

Anat Cohen, one of the best among Israel’s many jazz exports to the United States, demonstrates her world-class clarinet chops Sunday night as she performs with her quartet at the 15th annual Litchfield Jazz Festival in Kent.

A highlight of the star-studded weekend bash, the multi-talented Tel Aviv native pays homage to legendary clarinet virtuoso Benny Goodman (1909-1986) in a swinging salute to “The King of Swing” called “Clarinet Work: Benny Goodman & Beyond.” Her partners include the great pianist Benny Green, who appears on her vibrant tribute album to Goodman, “Clarinet Work: Live at the Village Vanguard” (Anzic Records). Barak Mori is on bass, Obed Calvaire on drums.

A rousing tenor saxophonist, diverse composer and a genre-crossing bandleader with a taste for world music (particularly Brazil’s urban style called choro), Cohen has been hailed by American critics as an irrepressibly bold, new voice for jazz in the 21st century.

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