Jazz virtuoso tenor saxophone and clarinet player Anat Cohen is an established bandleader and prolific composer, idiomatically conversant with modern and traditional jazz, classical music, Brazilian choro, Argentine tango, and an expansive timeline of Afro-Cuban styles. She is one of the primary voices of her generation since arriving in New York in 1999. In June 2009, Ms. Cohen was presented with The ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame Prize for composition and musicianship, and was named Clarinetist of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association. In September 2008, Ms. Cohen released Notes From The Village, her fourth album as a leader. Recorded at Avatar Studios in New York City, the album builds on Ms. Cohen's acclaimed 2007 releases, captures the thrilling energy of her live shows, and proves her to be an artistically adventurous writer and performer. She has performed for audiences in New York's Village Vanguard, Jazz Standard, Iridium, The Jazz Gallery, and the JVC Jazz Festival. She has also appeared at the Chicago Jazz Festival, Washington DC's Kennedy Center, San Francisco's Yoshi's, Boston's Regattabar, the North Sea Jazz Festival, the Monterey Jazz Festival, and the Montreal Jazz Festival. Ms. Cohen's July 2007 engagement at the Village Vanguard in New York was a historic one; she is the first female reed player, and the first Israeli to headline at the club.
Howard Alden's skills, both as soloist and accompanist, were quickly recognized and sought out for appearances and recordings with such artists as Joe Bushkin, Ruby Braff, Joe Williams, Warren Vaché and Woody Herman. He has continued to win accolades from critics and musicians alike, adding Benny Carter, Flip Phillips, Mel Powell, Bud Freeman, Kenny Davern, Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillespie, and George Van Eps, as well as notable contemporaries such as Scott Hamilton and Ken Peplowski to his list of impressive credits. Mr. Alden has been playing the seven-string guitar since 1992. The seven string guitar imparts a greater range and harmonic richness to Mr. Alden's already colorful tonal palette. Among his many collaborators are Ken Peplowski, Frank Wess, Jimmy Bruno, Frank Vignola, Michael Moore, Bill Goodwin, Lew Tabackin, Renee Rosnes, Herb Ellis, and Joe Pass. Mr. Alden was voted Best Emerging Talent-Guitar in the first annual JazzTimes critics' poll, 1990, and Talent Deserving Wider Recognition in the 1996, 1992, 1993 and 1995 Downbeat critics' poll.
Veteran jazz guitarist Gene Bertoncini is one of the pre-eminent musicians on the scene. His fluid technique and lyricism have won him international acclaim as the "Segovia of jazz." An eloquent and versatile improviser, Mr. Bertoncini has been heard with all the jazz greats, including Benny Goodman, Buddy Rich, Wayne Shorter, Hubert Laws, and Paul Desmond among others; as well as with singers Tony Bennett, Lena Horne, Nancy Wilson, Vic Damone, and Edye Gorme. His arrangements of Brazilian jazz icon Antonio Carlos Jobimí's composition won Bertoncini international raves. A prolific and popular studio musician, he was heard on the Tonight Show for two years during Johnny Carson's tenure as host, and has performed with Lalo Schifrin and Michel LeGrand, as well as with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. His career as an educator has brought him to the Eastman School of Music, William Paterson University, and the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Anat Cohen, clarinet
Howard Alden, guitar
Gene Bertoncini, guitar
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