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Mike Cohen

“My LaBeau Clarinet is fantastic. I played a show on it and did a Klezmer gig the next day. It held its own in two completely different playing situations. I perform regularly with a tango group, playing with a classical guitarist and violinist and I had no problem blending with such a soft group. I didn’t feel like I was working hard to match pitch or dynamics. It’s easy blowing and has a big sound that pops. The scale is great and I love the action. It really feels effortless. My LaBeau has done everything I’ve asked of it and it is quickly becoming my everyday instrument.”

 

Biography

Mike Cohen is a versatile saxophonist and woodwind player residing in New York City. With this recording, he has assembled some of the finest musicians in the world to play on his first jazz CD as a leader. This recording features eight original tunes and one standard.

Mike has been a full time working musician since the age of 18 and is no stranger to the New York City jazz scene. He has performed with the Duke Ellington Band, Ray Vega, Steven Bernstein, Arturo O Farrell and Harvey S, to name just a few.

He performs throughout the country with venues as diverse as Lincoln Center, Birdland, Tonic, Satalla and Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall. Mike is the clarinet player and bandleader of the Kleztraphobix, whose latest record, Another Bottle of Vodka, has been described as defining an exciting, driving sound that makes New York the place to listen to Klezmer. (Klezmershack)

Additional recording and performance highlights include composer Bill Apollo Brown, Golden Chants in America by Rebecca Garfein, Fado singer Fatima Santos CD Nostalgia, R+B band Ellis Island. He has also collaborated as composer and performer with the dance company Return of the Sun with choreographer Rina Rinkowitch and the chamber opera Harlots Progress performed in Nantes France. The most recent project the Mike completed, released in December, 2009, is a CD he produced and recorded in Putti, Uganda with a village that is Jewish. When I Wake Up, The Music Of Putti features the choir of the orthodox village of Putti singing their melodies for many of the Psalms as well as some original Jewish songs.

 

Instruments

VIRT1004B | Virtuoso Alto Saxophone, Black Nickel

BS509 | Professional Baritone Saxophone, Lacquer

BEAU408 | Bb Clarinet, Resonite