Catch Top-Tier Clarinetist Anat Cohen

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Tuesday July 16, 2019

From The Seattle Time

Heading to Jazz Port Townsend? Be sure to catch top-tier clarinetist Anat Cohen
By: Paul de Barros

“Over the past dozen years, clarinetist Anat Cohen has risen to the top tier of jazz, with a cover story in this month’s DownBeat magazine following two Grammy nominations, a commission from Carnegie Hall and perennial wins in polls.

She has also earned a special place in the hearts of Northwest fans, thanks in part to her sensational 2015 appearance as a guest artist with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra and, more recently, this year’s show by her extraordinary tentet at the Edmonds Center for the Arts.

Next Friday, July 26, the Israeli-born, New York City-based reed wizard returns for a stint at Jazz Port Townsend, in a duo with Brazilian seven-string guitarist Marcello Gonçalves. When Cohen played Jazz PT with a quartet in 2013, she did one tune in the rhythmically lively Brazilian style called choro, which often features clarinet and has some of the jauntiness of early jazz. Cohen teaches a choro workshop every spring for Centrum, the nonprofit arts organization that presents the jazz festival, and her set with Gonçalves will include more samples of that sparkling style.”

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