Global Jazz Forum: Joe Lovano and Anat Cohen
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Two recent DownBeat Critics Poll winners, tenor saxophonist and composer Joe Lovano ’72 ’98H and clarinetist and composer Anat Cohen B.M. ‘98, will share their knowledge with students in this forum.
A leading jazz luminary, Joe Lovano ’72 ‘98H is a Grammy-winning tenor saxophonist and Blue Note recording artist who serves as Gary Burton chair in performance with the Berklee Global Jazz Institute. Lovano has collaborated with a near-endless list of legendary musicians, including McCoy Tyner ‘05H, Hank Jones ‘05H, John Scofield ’73 ‘97H, Bill Frisell, Joshua Redman, Branford Marsalis ’80 ‘06H, Jim Hall ‘95H, and Paul Motian.
He has been nominated for 14 Grammys, and won last year’s DownBeat Critics Poll Award for tenor saxophone.
Watch Joe Lovano and students perform “Topsy Turvy:”
Anat Cohen ’98 is a renowned clarinetist and saxophonist who landed atop DownBeat’s clarinet awards every year since 2011, in addition to being voted Clarinetist of the Year nine years in a row by the Jazz Journalists Association. In 2017, Cohen’s work graced two new Anzic Records releases, Outra Coisa and Rosa Dos Ventos. She has also released the new album Happy Song. Cohen, who hails from Israel, came to Berklee via a scholarship and credits her time at the college with exposing her to “Latin rhythms [that] opened up a whole world of groove to me – and added new layers of expressivity in my jazz playing.”
Listen to "Happy Song," one of Cohen's latest tracks:
The Berklee Global Jazz Institute is an honors performance program designed to foster creativity and musicianship through various musical disciplines, with pianist and composer Danilo Pérez as its artistic director. The BGJI provides a comprehensive contemporary music environment where students are given opportunities to explore their creativity to the highest level possible, advance the power of music as a tool for the betterment of society, and connect musical/creative thinking with the natural environment.