Anat Cohen wins clarinet award again

Tel Aviv native Anat Cohen received the clarinetist of the year award from the Jazz Journalists Association June 11 in New York City, marking the fifth straight year she has won the honor.

Cohen’s latest CD, “Clarinetwork,” featured the music of legendary clarinetist Benny Goodman. It was recorded live in 2009 at the famed Village Vanguard jazz club during a weeklong centennial tribute to Goodman.

A graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston who has been based in New York since 1999, Cohen gives a modern voice to an instrument that is no longer widely played, according to Larry Monroe, Berklee’s vice president of international programs.

Monroe praised her strong musicality and superb technique, as well as her great sense of the clarinet’s tradition and tremendous vision of where it might go. Cohen also is known for her work on the tenor saxophone.

Cohen’s brothers, Yuval and Avishai, also are acclaimed jazz musicians; together they have recorded as the Three Cohens.

Cohen played this week in Israel; later this summer she is scheduled to perform in New York, Montreal and at the Newport Jazz Festival. — jta