Clarinet hard to ignore in Anat Cohen's hands

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Tuesday March 05, 2013


Concert preview: Clarinet hard to ignore in Anat Cohen’s hands Israeli-born musician brings quartet to Yardbird Suite

By: Roger Levesque

EDMONTON – For decades now, the once popular clarinet has sat on the sidelines of jazz music, practised by a few skilled, veteran players who tended to stick with traditional material.

Anat Cohen may be changing that.

Still in her 30s and gifted on both saxophone and clarinet, Israeli-born, Brooklyn-based Cohen has been ranked as the top clarinet player in jazz for six years. It’s not just about her considerable technical finesse. Cohen is paying respect to the tradition and pulling the clarinet forward into more contemporary jazz styles with an enthusiasm that’s hard to ignore.

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