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Artist Spotlight: Anat Cohen

The Israeli-born, New York City-based artist is no stranger to "Clarinetist of the Year" awards

Anat Cohen
Anat Cohen

Clarinetist, saxophonist, and bandleader Anat Cohen is a multiple Grammy-nominated artist based in New York City who has been voted Clarinetist of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association every year from 2008 to 2019.

Born in Tel Aviv, Israel, Cohen is the older sister of trumpeter Avishai, and the younger sister of saxophonist Yuval. Anat Cohen began on clarinet when she was 12 years old, 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 in Giv’atayim, Israel.

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