Anat Cohen 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.

In 1996, Anat headed to Boston to matriculate at Berklee College of Music. There she met faculty member Phil Wilson, who encouraged her to play clarinet, other inspiring teachers such as Greg Hopkins, Ed Tomassi, Hal Crook, George Garzone, and Bill Pierce, and an elite international peer group of students.

“Berklee was crucial to my development as a musician” says Anat. “I was very closed-minded when I got there. I just wanted to play Coltrane, to play jazz; I didn’t think of world music at all. Since Berklee gives scholarships to musicians from all over the world the student body ends up being very diverse. I met many people who played music from their own country and I came to understand when a chart says ‘Latin’ on top it means almost nothing. You need to know if the music is from the northeast of Brazil, the west coast of Colombia, or someplace else on the continent. I was inspired to explore world music, starting with the music of South America, in detail”.

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February 16, 2019

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Spotlight on Anat Cohen

April 04, 2018

Jazz this week: Ken Page, Miller, Mulkerhar & Lefkowitz-Brown, C....

January 12, 2017

Jazz this week: Tortoise, Jazz at Lincoln Center Group, Anat Cohen, and...

December 22, 2015

Anat Cohen To Kick Off NPR's Toast Of The Nation Broadcast

April 07, 2015

Composer-Arranger Oded Lev-Ari - Producer Of Anat Cohen, Marty Ehrlich,...

June 04, 2014

Anzic Records Artist Anat Cohen Live At The Village Vanguard, June...

May 17, 2013

Anzic Records Artist Anat Cohen On The Move!

April 30, 2013

Newport Festivals Foundation / Salve Regina Present Pathways To Jazz /...

April 18, 2013

Jazz This Week: Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival with Anat Cohen, Matt...

April 17, 2013

Anzic Records Artist Anat Cohen To Be Awarded The 2013 Paul Acket Award!

April 17, 2013

STLJN Interview: Anat Cohen

August 14, 2012

Clarinetist-Saxophonist Anat Cohen Plays With Light And Shade On Her...

February 15, 2012

Jazz This Week: Anat Cohen, Cory Pesaturo, Funky Butt Brass Band, and...

February 12, 2012

STLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Anat Cohen's Clarinet Concepts

February 14, 2010

Anat Cohen's 'Clarinetwork: Live at the Village Vanguard' out April 13

December 15, 2009

First Night Boston, Berklee, and WGBH 89.7 Present Anat Cohen

November 22, 2009

Anat Cohen at the Berklee Performance Center on New Year's Eve

July 30, 2008

Anat Cohen Impressive at Hollywood and Highland

December 12, 2007

Anat Cohen Rises in Jazz World

June 16, 2007

Anat Cohen Interviewed at AAJ


Albums by Anat Cohen

Album Happy Song by Anat Cohen

Happy Song

Anzic Records

Album Luminosa by Anat Cohen


Anzic Records

Album Claroscuro by Anat Cohen


Anzic Records



Anzic Records



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