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Emmet Cohen

April 11 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Emmet Cohen performing live at The Kate

Multifaceted American jazz pianist and composer Emmet Cohen has emerged  as one of his generation’s pivotal figures in music and the related arts. A recognized prodigy, Cohen began Suzuki method piano instruction  at age three, and his playing quickly became a mature melding of musicality, technique, and concept. Downbeat observed that his “nimble touch, measured stride and warm harmonic vocabulary indicate he’s above any convoluted technical showmanship.” In the same spirit,  Cohen himself has noted that playing jazz is “about communicating the deepest levels of humanity and individuality; it’s essentially about connections,”  both among musicians and with audiences. He leads his namesake ensemble, the “Emmet Cohen Trio,” is a vibrant solo performer, and is in  constant demand as a sideman. Possessing a fluid technique, an  innovative tonal palette, and an extensive repertoire, Cohen plays with  the command of a seasoned veteran and the passion of an artist fully  devoted to his medium.

Emmet Cohen is committed to the intergenerational transfer of artistic knowledge, history, and traditions. His signature professional undertaking is the “Masters Legacy Series,” a celebratory set of  recordings and interviews honoring legendary jazz musicians. He serves as both producer and pianist for each album in the series. The goal of this landmark, ongoing project is to provide musicians of multiple generations a forum to transfer the unwritten folklore that is America’s unique musical idiom.  Cohen has observed that playing jazz “is enriched immeasurably by connecting and studying with jazz masters, forging backward to the very creation of the art form.”  Volume one of the “Masters Legacy Series” features drummer Jimmy Cobb, and volume two  spotlights bassist Ron Carter. Future “Masters Legacy Series” releases  will include Cohen’s recordings with Benny Golson, Tootie Heath, and  George Coleman.

Emmet Cohen’s exacting keyboard artistry has garnered numerous accolades from the international jazz community. He placed first in both the American Jazz Pianists  competition (2014) and the Phillips Piano Competition at the University of West Florida (2011). He was a finalist in the prestigious American Pianists Association’s Cole Porter Fellowship (2015, 2011) and the Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition (2011). Cohen has appeared in world-renowned jazz events, including the Newport, Monterey, North Sea, Bern, Edinburgh, Detroit, and Jerusalem jazz festivals, as well as the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia. He has also performed at the Village Vanguard, the Blue Note, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Birdland, Jazz  Standard, London’s Ronnie Scott’s, Jazzhaus Montmartre in Copenhagen,  Lincoln Center’s Rose Hall, the Cotton Club in Tokyo, and the Kennedy  Center, and was received in the Oval Office by President Obama. He is  currently Hammond B-3 organist-in-residence at Harlem’s SMOKE jazz club.

Don’t miss Emmet Cohen’s spectacular performance live at the Kate.

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The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center
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Old Saybrook, CT 06475 United States
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