“Clarinetist of the Year” Opens up the Celebrations for Jazz Appreciation Month 2018

For Immediate Release 

March 22, 2018

Marissa Baum


Clarinetist-saxophonist Anat Cohen will kick off the Jazz Appreciation Month 2018 celebrations at the American Jazz Museum on Saturday, April 7th at 8:00 pm. She has won hearts and minds the world over with her expressive virtuosity and delightful stage presence. The Jazz Journalists Association has voted Anat as Clarinetist of the Year nine years in a row, and she has topped both the Critics and Readers Polls in the clarinet category in the DownBeat magazine every year since 2011. That’s not to mention years of being named Rising Star in the soprano and tenor saxophone categories in DownBeat, as well as for Jazz Artist of the Year. In 2009, ASCAP awarded Anat a Wall of Fame prize for composition and musicianship, among other honors. In 2018, she was nominated for two Grammy awards:  The Best Latin Jazz Album for Outra Coisa – The Music of Moacir Santos, a collaboration with Marcello Gonçalves, and The Best World Music Album for Rosa Dos Ventos, a collaboration with Trio Brasileiro.

In 2009, Anat became the first Israeli to headline at the Village Vanguard, the setting for perhaps the most celebrated live recordings in jazz history.

With her woodwind virtuoso, Anat Cohen brings audiences an evocative and exciting experience centered around the clarinet. Her repertoire draws on the diverse musical loves, from Brazilian music to African grooves, and from vintage swing to touching ballads. A present-day multicultural wonder… An enthralling clarinetist and a persuasive saxophonist, Anat Cohen displays a pan-historical, pan-cultural approach to jazz. The New Yorker. Anat regularly collaborates with one of her heroes, Cuban-American clarinetist-saxophonist Paquito D’Rivera, who introduced her onstage at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in the Jazz at Lincoln Center complex as “one of the greatest players ever of the clarinet.” 

Anat was selected to headline this year’s Jazz Appreciation Month 2018 to appreciate her work for placing the clarinet in its rightful place as one of the signature instruments in Jazz. “Fresh Air’s Terry Gross credits Cohen with “bringing the clarinet to the world” and The New York Times hails her a “Master.” The Clarinet was an early and key instrument in jazz music but starting with the bebop era; the saxophone replaced the clarinet. Great Jazz artists that played the clarinet include Sidney Bechet, Benny Carter, Artie Shaw and Benny Goodman.


Tickets for Anat Cohen can be purchased online at anatcohenatthegem.eventbrite.com


About Jazz Appreciation Month - was created by the Smithsonian in 2002 to herald and celebrate the extraordinary heritage and history of jazz. It is intended to stimulate the current jazz scene and encourage people of all ages to participate in jazz – to study the music, attend concerts, listen to jazz on radio and recordings, read books about jazz, and more. The American Jazz Museum is planning several events during Jazz Appreciation Month. Please check for events at www.americanjazzmuseum.org.

About the American Jazz Museum – The American Jazz Museum celebrates and exhibits the experience of jazz as an original American art form through (PEER) performance, exhibition, education, and research at the historic jazz crossroads – 18th & Vine. Learn more by visiting AmericanJazzMuseum.org.

This event is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and in partnership with the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City.