October 23, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.
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October 22, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.
Anat walked into the club a few minutes before doors opened to the public. She's using a new reed on her soprano saxophone tonight, so she spent some time warming up the soprano and breaking in the new reed.
The first set is sold out tonight. There's a party of 16, a party of 10, and a party in the Village Vanguard tonight.
Anat and I have talked through tonight's program. Should be a good one!
Pianist Jason Lindner just arrived. He and Anat are talking about how to end the second set. They're ahead of everyone tonight.
The band's all here. Showtime in T minus 8 minutes.
We're live. Anat Cohen and her quartet (Jason Lindner, piano; Joe Martin, bass; Daniel Freedman, drums) are blasting into a modern arrangement of Fats Waller's "Jitterbug Waltz."
Anat quotes "Pop Goes the Weasel." Thad Jones would be proud. His quote of it from Count Basie's version of "April in Paris" is one for the ages. One more time!
Montuno, baby! Ernesto Lecuona's "Siboney," played with vigor. Anat's clarinet tone is the sound of unbridled optimism. It's refreshing.
This is such a difficult song to cover. If you're gonna tackle Sam Cooke's "A Change is Gonna Come," you better bring everything you have to this song. I believe Anat has done that.
"Washington Square Park" opens with Jason Lindner plucking the piano strings, which are covered with paper. It makes the piano sound like a berimbau, or some kind of African-based instrument. Very cool.
Anat switches to tenor sax.
That song went to a lot of places. All in Washington Square Park. Now, we're moving into the blues with Don't Let the Sun Catch You Cryin'. As an aside, I really love Taj Mahal's version...
Clsong out the set with the Brazilian Duke Ellington, Pixinguinha. His composition "Um A Zero." Tudo bem!
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October 21, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.
Photo by Osnat Rom
You'll be hearing a lot about Anat Cohen on WBGO this week. Last year, she debuted at the Village Vanguard, the first female instrumental leader to do so. This week, her quartet takes the stage at the Vanguard to celebrate her recent release, Notes From the Village. We'll take you there. Later this week, you can also hear Anat Cohen's recent performance from the Kennedy Center on JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater. We hope you get a chance to discover an exciting new voice in music.
So while you're waiting for all this excitement, listen to this recent conversation with Anat Cohen. You can also listen to what's on her iPod, arranged by entropy.
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