Anat Cohen Quartet

When burgeoning clarinet titan Anat Cohen first appeared at the Dakota last spring, she led an all-star quartet in a repertoire inspired, logically enough, by clarinet icon Benny Goodman. As wonderful as that was, neither the King of Swing nor his particular jazz niche have ever been Cohen's primary focus. Her style is a post-modern, multi-dimensional mix of old and new influences from widely diverse sources. In fact, the Israeli-born New Yorker, who also plays multiple other reeds, is astoundingly prolific and eclectic, playing traditional, modern, and big band jazz; chamber music; and a wide array of Latin styles, especially choro, samba, tango, and Afro-Cuban. Whatever she's playing, she does it with particular soul and passion, whether conjuring a lovely, ethereal delicacy on John Coltrane's ballad "After the Rain," launching agile scrambles across the scales, or wailing with ferocious intensity. On the heels of winning yet another Clarinetist of the Year award from the Jazz Journalists Association, Cohen will return with her own working quartet: pianist Jason Lindner, bassist Joe Martin, and drummer Daniel Freedman. $25 at 7 p.m.; $20 at 9:30 p.m. (Photo by Osnat Rom)
Thu., Oct. 7, 2010

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