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Anat Cohen

Primary Instrument: Sax, tenor

Anat Cohen

Idiomatically conversant with modern and traditional jazz, classical music, Brazilian choro, Argentine tango, and an expansive timeline of Afro-Cuban styles, Anat Cohen has established herself as one of the primary voices of her generation on both the tenor saxophone and clarinet since arriving in New York in 1999.

Born in Tel Aviv, Israel, Anat grew up with musical siblings; her older brother, Yuval, is himself a saxophonist of note, and her younger brother, Avishai, is one of New York’s busiest trumpeters. She began clarinet studies at age 12 and played jazz on clarinet for the first time in her Jaffa conservatory’s Dixieland band. At 16 she joined the school’s big band and learned to play the tenor saxophone. The same year, Anat entered the prestigious “Thelma Yelin” High School for the Arts, where she majored in jazz. After graduation, she discharged her mandatory Israeli military service duty from 1993-95, playing tenor saxophone in the Israeli Air Force band....
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As a Leader

Poetica
Anzic Records
2007
Personnel: Anat Cohen: clarinet, Jason Lindner: piano, Omer Avital: bass, Daniel Freedman: drums.

Noir
Anzic Records
2007
Personnel: Anat Cohen: clarinet, tenor, soprano and alto saxophones, Oded Lev-Ari: conductor/arranger

Place & Time
Anzic Records
2007
Personnel: Anat Cohen: clarinet, tenor saxophone, Jason Lindner: piano, Ben Street: bass, Jeff Ballard: drums, special guest Avishai Cohen: trumpet

Choro Ensemble
Circular Moves
2005
Personnel: Anat Cohen: clarinet, Pedro Ramos: Cavaquinho, Gustavo Dantes: 7-String Guitar, Carlos Almeida: 7-String Guitar, Ze Mauricio: Pandeiro

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