Anat Cohen Quartet
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Anat Cohen “has emerged as one of the brightest, most original young instrumentalists in jazz, playing saxophone and clarinet in no fewer than seven working bands and almost as many styles,” marveled The Washington Post. The Israeli-born reed player boasts a stunning tone and a magnetic live presence to match; it’s no wonder that both DownBeat Magazine critics’ and readers’ polls have named her their best jazz clarinetist every year since 2011.
Cohen is at ease playing music from modern jazz to Dixieland, but she has perhaps most astutely assimilated the musical traditions of Latin America, including Afro-Cuban, Argentinean, and Brazilian sounds. The great Cuban jazz clarinetist Paquito D’Rivera has served as Cohen’s mentor and champion in this music, calling her “one of the greatest players ever of the clarinet.” Cohen brings her quartet, with its effortlessly beautiful sound, to the stylish and intimate ballroom at Durham’s 21c Hotel.