photo credit: Shervin Lainez
Anat Cohen was born in Tel Aviv, Israel, and raised into a musical family, beginning clarinet studies at age 12. While in her teens, jazz captured her imagination, and at age 16, she entered the prestigious “Thelma Yellin” High School, where she learned to play the tenor saxophone. After high school, Cohen attended the Berklee College of Music from 1996-1998, where she honed not only her jazz chops, but also expanded her musical horizons, developing a deep love for various Latin music styles. After graduating Berklee, she moved to New York City and began to make her mark on the scene. The Jazz Journalists Association voted Anat Clarinetist of the Year eleven years in a row, and she has topped both the Critics and Readers Polls in the clarinet category in DownBeat every year since 2011. Cohen has released 11 albums as a leader on her own label Anzic, which was established in 2005. Three releases: Outra Coisa: The Music Of Moacir Santos: a collaboration with guitarist Marcello Gonçalves (2017), Rosa Dos Ventos, a collaboration with Trio Brasileiro (2017) and Triple Helix - Anat Cohen Tentet (2019), were nominated for Grammy Awards. Anat Cohen has emerged as one of the brightest stars in jazz.