During the past decade, Anat Cohen has emerged as a major clarinetist and tenor saxophonist. Born in Tel Aviv, Israel, she is the older sister of trumpeter Avishai, and the younger sister of saxophonist Yuval. Anat Cohen began on clarinet when she was 12, playing in her Jaffa conservatory’s Dixieland band. When she was 16, she joined the school’s big band and learned to play tenor. That year Cohen began majoring in jazz at the Thelma Yelin High School of the Arts. After graduating, she served in the military during 1993-95, playing tenor in the Israeli Air Force Band. In 1996 she moved to Boston to study at Berklee. Among her teachers were Phil Wilson, Hal Crook, George Garzone and Bill Pierce.
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