Renowned jazz pianist with special guests Benny Benack III, trumpet/vocals, Lucy Yeghiazaryan, vocals, & Abdias Armenteros, tenor saxophone
Multifaceted American jazz pianist and composer Emmet Cohen is one of his generation’s pivotal figures in music and the related arts. Downbeat praised the “nimble touch, measured stride and warm harmonic vocabulary” he employs to communicate with other musicians and audiences at what he terms “the deepest level of humanity and individuality.” Leader of the Emmet Cohen Trio and creator of the Masters Legacy Series, Cohen is an internationally acclaimed jazz artist and dedicated music educator. He is the winner of the 2019 American Pianists Awards and the Cole Porter Fellow of the American Pianists Association as well as artist-in-residence at the University of Indianapolis. He was a finalist in the 2011 Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition. Cohen has appeared at major international jazz festivals and at Lincoln Center’s Rose Hall and Washington’s Kennedy Center, in addition to headlining at the Village Vanguard and other major New York jazz clubs. For many years he was the Hammond B-3 organist-in-residence at Harlem’s SMOKE jazz club.
During the pandemic, he created Live From Emmet’s Place—a weekly livestream that has received millions of views worldwide. Cohen is a Mack Avenue artist. A Suzuki piano student at age three, Cohen holds jazz piano degrees from the Manhattan School of Music (M.M.) and the University of Miami (B.M.). He has performed, recorded or collaborated with Ron Carter, Benny Golson, Jimmy Cobb, George Coleman, Jimmy Heath, Tootie Heath, Houston Person, Christian McBride, Kurt Elling, Billy Hart, Herlin Riley, Lea DeLaria and Bill T. Jones.
Cohen will be joined at the Lied Center by special guests—similar to his weekly pandemic livestreams from his Harlem living room.