Clarinetist-saxophonist Anat Cohen has won hearts and minds the world over with her expressive virtuosity and delightful stage presence. Eight years in a row, the Jazz Journalists Association voted Cohen Clarinetist of the Year, and she has topped both the Critics and Readers Polls in DownBeat Magazine every year since 2011.
She was born in Tel Aviv, Israel, and while attending the Berklee College of Music, honed her jazz chops and developed a deep love for Latin music styles. She moved to New York City in 1999, where she established Anzic Records and released numerous albums including Luminosa, her seventh album as a bandleader. Cohen is no stranger to the stage. She has toured extensively, been a guest at the world’s great jazz festivals and her performances have been broadcast internationally.
At the Lied Center, she will perform with the University of Kansas Jazz Ensemble I led by Dan Gailey, director of Jazz Studies. The ensemble and its members have received numerous DownBeaat Magazine Student Music Awards during the past two decades, including four in the category of Best College Big Band in the U.S. or Canada.