Anat Cohen Shares Spotlight With Her Jazz Quartet

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Monday October 31, 2011

From Centre Daily Times

CONCERT REVIEW: Anat Cohen Shares Spotlight With Her Jazz Quartet
By: Jenna Spinelle

Anat Cohen might have had top billing Thursday night, but she certainly wasn’t afraid to step back and let her band mates shine.

Cohen, a clarinetist and saxophonist, performed in Schwab Auditorium Thursday with her quartet — drummer Daniel Freedman, pianist Jason Lindner and bassist Joe Martin. She certainly had her time in the spotlight during solos but also spent time dancing on stage and looking on with excitement as the other players took their turns with solos.

The group paid tribute to several different musical styles and regions, including Brazil and South Africa. Cohen said she picked up many of these influences while playing with other jazz musicians in New York. But, before the end of the 90-minute set, they brought things back home with a tribute to pianist Fats Waller and his “Jitterbug Waltz.”

“I hope he doesn’t mind that we played with his composition,” Cohen said. “That’s the fun thing about jazz, you can explore and expand and add all kinds of spices.”

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