Since her years at the Berklee College of Music, clarinetist and saxophonist Anat Cohen has kept a full calendar leading her own groups, working in various jazz, Latin and Brazilian bands, and co-owning a label, Anzic Records. For a spring concert date, the young Israeli-born veteran gathered her 17-piece big band in New York, rented a bus for the four-hour drive to Washington and drove straight to the Kennedy Center for sound check. With no time to rest, she met me in her hotel lobby for this listening session. Despite a steady stream of sidemen distractions, her concentration was focused and she was visibly moved by several selections, especially the Eddie Daniels-Roger Kellaway piece. Cohen felt bad we didn’t get to finish, so she insisted on meeting early the next morning to conclude before returning to New York. Cohen’s latest release as a leader is Notes From the Village (Anzic).
1. Ken Peplowski