Newman Center Presents – Emmet Cohen Trio!
Multifaceted American jazz pianist and composer Emmet Cohen is one of his generation’s pivotal figures in music. Creator of the Masters Legacy Series and the live-streamed “Live From Emmet’s Place,” his work has reached millions. Cohen makes his first Newman Center appearance with bassist Russell Hall and drummer Kyle Poole.
A recognized prodigy, Cohen began Suzuki method piano instruction at age three, and his playing quickly became a mature melding of musicality, technique, and concept. Downbeat observed that his “nimble touch, measured stride and warm harmonic vocabulary indicate he’s above any convoluted technical showmanship.” Cohen notes that performing jazz is “about communicating the deepest levels of humanity and individuality; it’s essentially about connections,” both among musicians and with audiences. He leads his namesake ensemble, the “Emmet Cohen Trio,” is a vibrant solo performer, and is in constant demand as a sideman. Possessing a fluid technique, an innovative tonal palette, and an extensive repertoire, Cohen plays with the command and passion of an artist fully devoted to his medium.
During the 2020 lockdown, Cohen developed “Live From Emmet’s Place,” a series of weekly performances by his trio and special guests live-streamed from his New York apartment that recalls the Harlem rent parties of yesteryear. These concerts, which have received millions of internet views worldwide, are noteworthy for employing sophisticated production values that set the standard for live internet jazz performance. Cohen has also established the “Emmet Cohen Exclusive” membership program which provides subscribers access to previously unseen concert recordings and other creative offerings, including Cohen’s personal commentary and observations. Membership allows fans to solidify a relationship with Cohen and his colleagues, further explore the genre, and help secure the legacy of jazz.
Cohen holds a Master’s Degree from the Manhattan School of Music and a bachelor’s Degree from the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, where he studied with the esteemed pianist and educator Shelly Berg. In his formative years, he was tutored in classical piano at the Manhattan School of Music’s Pre-College Division. A dynamic and charismatic performer, Emmet Cohen possesses wide-ranging talents that are invigorating the contemporary arts world both at home and abroad and are received enthusiastically worldwide.