The 3 Cohens Make Jazz a ‘Family’ Affair

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Friday November 04, 2011

From The Boston Globe

The 3 Cohens make jazz a ‘Family’ affair
By: Andrew Gilbert

Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey couldn’t share a bandstand without coming to fisticuffs. And the much missed Jones brothers, Elvin, Thad, and Hank, were so deep into their own creative pursuits they never even tried to launch a family combo.

In jazz, sharing parentage offers no guarantee that musical siblings will go on to work harmoniously together. But in the case of the 3 Cohens, familial ties have surmounted distance, career ambitions, and other potential obstacles. At the forefront of a torrent of Israeli jazz talent that has poured into New York City over the past two decades, the 3 Cohens, all horn players in their 30s, have forged a sumptuous group sound built upon a selfless love of blending their instrumental voices.

“Playing together like this is not a miracle because we are siblings,’’ writes Yuval Cohen, a supremely lyrical soprano saxophonist, in an e-mail. “We owe it to the heritage of jazz, and to great teachers who taught us the meaning of playing together. But knowing each other so well, loving each other and trusting each other, makes a hell of a difference.’’

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