Emmet Cohen photo by Mark Sheldon.
Tuesday, November 5
Town Hall Forum, 7:30PM
A young piano virtuoso and composer from New York, Emmet Cohen has emerged on the jazz scene as one of his generation’s key figures. Recognized as a child prodigy, Cohen began Suzuki method piano instruction at age three. With his fluid technique, innovative tonal palate, and an extensive repertoire, Cohen plays with the command and passion of an artist fully devoted to his medium.
A dynamic and charismatic performer, Cohen and his sweeping talents have traveled the globe. This year, he received the prestigious American Pianists Awards and the Cole Porter Fellowship in Jazz from the American Pianists Association.
“Favoring swinging phrasing and concise melodic arcs colored by rich harmonic vocabulary, the tasteful pianist never lets his nimble, cleanly articulated technique overflow into clutter. His music’s uplifting attitude is frequently colored with wit,” says DownBeat.
Adding to his burgeoning discography, Cohen released his latest album as a leader, Dirty In Detroit this year. The rising star’s résumé already comprises stints with some of jazz’s most esteemed elders, including drummers Billy Hart and Jimmy Cobb, and bassist Ron Carter.
When he’s not leading his trio, Cohen is an in-demand sideman, having appeared with Benny Golson, George Coleman, Jimmy Heath, Tootie Heath, and Christian McBride, among others. Connecting deeply with the music of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Earl ‘Fatha’ Hines, Fats Waller, James P. Johnson and Willie ‘The Lion’ Smith,’ Cohen says “All of [these artists] brought something different to the foundation of jazz. I love connecting with the ancestors through music.” Tokyo native and former Seattle bassist Yasushi Nakamura and New York based drummer Evan Sherman complete the trio.
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