Miller Theatre to Open Jazz Series with Anat Cohen, 10/12, and Warren Wolf, 11/2
Miller Theatre, Anat Cohen, Warren Wolf Quartet
Miller Theatre at Columbia University School of the Arts kicks off the 2013-14 season of its Jazz series with Anat Cohen QUARTET on Saturday, October 12, 2013, 8:00 p.m. at the Miller Theatre (2960 Broadway at 116th Street). Tickets: $25-$35; Students with valid ID: $15-$21.
WARREN WOLF QUARTET on Saturday, November 2, 2013, 8:00 p.m. at the Miller Theatre (2960 Broadway at 116th Street). Tickets: $25-$35; Students with valid ID: $15-$21.
From Miller Theatre Executive Director Melissa Smey: "I am thrilled to welcome two extraordinary voices in modern jazz back to the Miller stage this fall. The Anat Cohen Quartet became a fast favorite of our audience at their debut two seasons ago. Cohen's innovative mix of musical influences makes her original works mesmerizing and her charisma and playfulness onstage make her performances downright joyful. Vibraphonist Warren Wolf made his Miller debut last season with Christian McBride's Inside Straight and I'm delighted for him to return with his quartet. His straight-ahead jazz respects established traditions while still leaving room for his immense talent and vision. What a great lineup for fall."
Since 1990, Miller Theatre has put a spotlight on unique voices in modern jazz. In a city so heavily steeped in jazz music, Miller Theatre continues to shift attention uptown and distinguish itself not only with a sharp focus on great jazz artists but with an artfully curated and diverse season series.
Saturday, October 12, 2013, 8:00 p.m.
Anat Cohen Quartet
Miller Theatre (2960 Broadway at 116th street)
The Anat Cohen Quartet is back for a second appearance on the Miller stage, on the heels of their enormously popular 2012 debut. Influenced by klezmer, reggae, funk, and Latin rhythms, and known for her expressive, charismatic performances, Cohen has earned accolades from audience, critics, and peers alike, including jazz great and frequent collaborator Paquito D'Rivera who has called her "one of the greatest players ever on the clarinet."
Anat Cohen, clarinet and saxophones
Jason Lindner, piano
Joe Martin, bass
Daniel Freedman, drums
Saturday, November 2, 2013, 8:00 p.m.
Warren Wolf Quartet
Miller Theatre (2960 Broadway at 116th street)
Following his electrifying appearance last season with Christian McBride and Inside Straight, virtuoso vibraphonist Warren Wolf returns to Miller as a bandleader. Wolf draws on his varied musical knowledge and experience working with the likes of Wynton Marsalis, Wycliffe Gordon, and Esperanza Spaulding, creating inventive new melodies and modern reinterpretations of classic tunes. At once boldly expressive and finely nuanced, Wolf is "an artist of immense ability and taste" (DownBeat).
Warren Wolf, vibraphone
Alex Brown, piano
Kris Funn, bass
Billy Williams, Jr., drums
Anat Cohen (clarinet and saxophones): An established bandleader and prolific composer, conversant with modern and traditional jazz, classical music, klezmer, Brazilian choro, Argentine tango, and an expansive timeline of Afro-Cuban styles, Anat Cohen has established herself as one of the primary voices of her generation on both the tenor saxophone and clarinet.
Born in Tel Aviv, Cohen began clarinet studies at age 12 and played jazz on clarinet for the first time in the Jaffa Conservatory's Dixieland band. At 16, she joined the school's big band and learned to play the tenor saxophone, which she later played in the Israeli Air Force band. In 1996, Cohen matriculated at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Upon relocating to New York, she quickly found work in various Brazilian ensembles like the Choro Ensemble and Duduka Da Fonseca's Samba Jazz Quintet, and started performing with David Ostwald's "Gully Low Jazz Band," which explores the music of Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Jelly Roll Morton, Sidney Bechet, and their Pan-American contemporaries.
Cohen has performed for audiences at New York's Village Vanguard, Jazz Standard, Iridium, The Jazz Gallery, and the JVC Jazz Festival. She has also appeared at the Chicago Jazz Festival, the Kennedy Center, San Francisco's Yoshi's, Boston's Regattabar, the North Sea Jazz Festival, the Monterey Jazz Festival, and the Montreal Jazz Festival. Her July 2007 engagement at the Village Vanguard in New York was an historic one as she became the first female reed player and the first Israeli to headline at the club. In 2010, Anat Cohen released the album Clarinetwork: Live at the Village Vanguard, inspired by the music of Benny Goodman and celebrating his centennial, featuring an all-star rhythm section including Benny Green, Peter Washington, and Lewis Nash. Her 2008 album Notes from the Village, her fourth album as a leader, features compositions written by Cohen as well as her interpretations of songs by Fats Waller, John Coltrane, Sam Cooke, and Ernesto Lecuona.
Cohen's accomplishments have been recognized in a flurry of awards and distinctions from critics and fans alike; the Jazz Journalists Association named Anat Cohen Clarinetist of the Year from 2007 to 2011, the first time in the history of the awards that an artist has earned top clarinet honors five years running. Her 2007 albums Noir and Poetica both appeared on many year-end best-of lists, including those of Paste magazine, The New York Sun,Slate, JazzTimes, and others.