South Florida Jazz Presents 3 Cohens Sextet in Concert in Fort Lauderdale Saturday, February 9th, 2012

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South Florida Jazz Presents 3 Cohens Sextet in Concert in Fort Lauderdale Saturday, February 9th 2012

3 Cohens

3 Cohens

Often, we don't even have to look at each other onstage. We have such history together that we feel each other through the music.

"JAZZ IMPRESSIONS" - South Florida JAZZ presents the world-traveling 3 Cohens Sextet. This poll-winning band features Tel Aviv natives and siblings reedists Anat and Yuval, and trumpet star Avishai. Another prominent Israeli, bassist Omer Avital is part of an all-star rhythm section featuring pianist Aaron Goldberg and drummer Johnathan Blake. This is the first trip to South Florida for these acclaimed young instrumentalists, all of whose stars are rapidly ascending.

South Florida’s premier modern jazz organization is thrilled to present 3 Cohens on Saturday, February 9, 2013, 8:00 PM. This concert will take place at the Rose and Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center on the Nova Southeastern University campus, 3100 Ray Ferrero, Jr Blvd, Davie 33314. Tickets are $40 ($15 for students) and can be purchased from the Broward Center box office by calling 954.462.0222 option #4 in Broward; or online at southfloridajazz.org.

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3 Cohens Sextet

"To the ranks of the Heaths of Philadelphia, the Joneses of Detroit and the Marsalises of New Orleans, fans can now add The 3 Cohens of Tel Aviv."
— All About Jazz

The best jazz groups are made up of kindred spirits, but the rare family band has something more – an intuitive feel for each other that goes beyond words and gestures into a kind of telepathy. The 3 Cohens are that sort of uncommon collective, a trio of siblings from Tel Aviv, Israel – saxophonist/clarinetist Anat, trumpeter Avishai, and soprano saxophonist Yuval – whose sense of improvisational interplay is both uncannily fluent and wonderfully, infectiously warm. Along with performing on stages the world over, the 3 Cohens record together on Anzic Records, the most recent being the acclaimed Family that features the three Israeli horn players in league with swinging New Yorkers who are their touring rhythm section: pianist Aaron Goldberg, bassist Matt Penman, and drummer Gregory Hutchinson. Family underscores the fact that even with the individual careers each of the Cohens pursues to increasing international success, there is something special about the music the three make together. "We can talk without talking," says Anat, the middle child. "Often, we don't even have to look at each other onstage. We have such history together that we feel each other through the music."

Yuval, Anat and Avishai Cohen grew up in Tel Aviv under the same roof and attended the same schools, with the common environment helping to shape close musical tastes, approaches and ideas. The three studied classical music at the esteemed Thelma Yellin High School for the Arts, and the Jaffa Music Conservatory. While their backgrounds included some symphonic orchestral playing, it was jazz that soon captured their imaginations. Through the World Scholarship Tour, each of the Cohens attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Post-graduation the trio formed a family sextet while concurrently forming their own bands and playing in a plethora of bands and guesting on albums.

Acclaim for 3 Cohens Sextet was immediate. According to All About Jazz, "What gives 3 Cohens a certain edge is the simpatico they share, extending beyond merely being siblings; it involves all three sharing the common bond of music from an early age, and the kind of comfort level and intuition that can only come from playing together for many years. The result is a front line that finds pleasure in the subtlest nuances. While there are hints of their ethnic heritage, this music is clearly rooted in contemporary post-bop… Throughout, a joyfulness pervades these performances." The New York Times enthused over the group's "family sound" and "intuitive counterpoint" before pointing out the players' individual qualities: "Anat has emerged as one of the best clarinet players in jazz, with a warm and singing tone; Avishai can play bebop and ballad lines and outer-limit trumpet sounds with tireless fluency; and Yuval has a full and relaxed sound on soprano."

ARTISTIC PERSONNEL

Anat Cohen – tenor and soprano saxophones and clarinet

Avishai Cohen – trumpet

Yuval Cohen – soprano saxophone

Aaron Goldberg – piano

Omer Avital – double bass
Johnathan Blake - drums

The Rose and Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center is part of the Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center on the Nova Southeastern University campus. This acoustically exceptional 498-seat auditorium is equipped with state-of-the-art lighting and sound technology. The Miniaci enhances both the academic experience at NSU, as well as the cultural life of the community at large, through its academic seminars and arts programming.
For ticket information, please visit http://www.southfloridajazz.org or call 954 462-0222 option #4 in Broward or toll-free: 800-564-9539.

Funding for this organization is provided in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council.

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