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Jazz pianist Emmet Cohen has quickly become one of the most in-demand jazz musicians in New York. A finalist in both the 2011 Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition and the 2015 American Pianists Association’s Fellowship, Cohen plays with maturity and confidence.

With astonishing technique and an innovative harmonic palate, Cohen engenders a deep musical bond with his audience. Cohen has shared the bandstand with several musical luminaries, working regularly with Kurt Elling, Billy Hart, Jimmy Heath, Ali Jackson, Brian Lynch, Christian McBride, and Herlin Riley. Cohen will perform here both as a soloist and with his trio, including bassist Russell Hall and drummer Kyle Poole.

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Emmet Cohen

Emmet Cohen

Jazz pianist Emmet Cohen has quickly become one of the most in demand jazz musicians in New York. A finalist in both the 2011 Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition and the 2015 American Pianists Association’s Fellowship, Cohen plays with the maturity and confidence of a seasoned veteran. With astonishing technique and an innovative harmonic palate, Cohen engenders a deep musical bond with his audience. Cohen has shared the bandstand with a plethora of musical luminaries, working regularly with Kurt Elling, Billy Hart, Jimmy Heath, Ali Jackson, Brian Lynch, Christian McBride, and Herlin Riley.

Cohen began taking Suzuki lessons in his native Miami at age three. He continued studying classical music at a youth keyboard program at the University of Miami, and upon moving to Montclair, NJ at age 10, was accepted into the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division, where he studied primarily classical piano for seven years. His interest in jazz gradually intensified over these years, and he was fortunate to be exposed to and mentored by some of the greatest jazz musicians in the New York metropolitan area.

In his high school years he was selected for the 2008 Gibson/Baldwin GRAMMY Jazz Combo, the 2008 Jazz Band of America (part of the Music for All National Festival), and the Monterey Jazz Festival’s 2008 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra. Additionally, he formed a lasting relationship with YoungArts, where he received a 2009 silver award in jazz piano.
In 2011, Cohen came in first place in the Kathleen T. and Philip B. Phillip’s Piano Competition at the University of West Florida. Cohen was also selected as one of five finalists for the prestigious 2011 American Pianist’s Association’s Cole Porter Fellowship. He received multiple write-ups in Downbeat Magazine for winning Downbeat Student Music awards in the categories “Best Jazz Soloist” and “Best Jazz Combo” (for the Emmet Cohen Trio).

Later that year, Cohen won third prize in the Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition. Backed by Carl Allen and Rodney Whitaker, he performed a set at the Kennedy Center in front of 2,000 people. In 2014, Cohen won the inaugural American Jazz Pianist Competition in Melbourne, Florida.

Cohen’s debut album, “In the Element” featuring Joe Sanders and Rodney Green, received an abundance of national and international critical acclaim. Most recently, Cohen released a co-led project with trumpeter Brian Lynch, featuring Boris Koslov and the legendary Billy Hart.

Cohen holds a bachelors in music from the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, where he studied with the esteemed pianist and educator, Shelly Berg, and completed his masters degree at the Manhattan School of Music. Cohen is not a talent to be missed and can be found playing either piano or Hammond B3 Organ in New York City and all over the world.