“When Cohen is in full flight, with Poole slamming the kit around the room behind him, he reminds me of Ahmad Jamal: not the genteel Jamal you hear on record, but the wall-banging, holy-shit Jamal I saw in concert a few years ago, who rolled across the keyboard like a thunderstorm.” — PHIL FREEMAN, STEREOGUM
“Thirty years old and one of the finest piano players to emerge in decades…” — ZACHARY WEG, ALL ABOUT JAZZ
“Jazz pianist [Emmet] Cohen team[ed] up with his trio to charm the arse off the Festival Theatre auditorium with his ebullient swing sounds. ” — THE SKINNY INDEPENDENT CULTURAL JOURNALISM MAGAZINE UK
Jazz pianist and composer Emmet Cohen is in the vanguard of his generation's advancement of music and the related arts. A recognized prodigy, Downbeat Magazine writes; “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.
Cohen has appeared in varied international jazz events, including the Newport, Monterey, Detroit, North Sea, Bern, Edinburgh, and Jerusalem jazz festivals, as well as the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia. He has also performed at the Village Vanguard, the Blue Note, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Birdland, Jazz Standard, London's Ronnie Scott's, Jazzhaus Montmartre in Copenhagen, Lincoln Center's Rose Hall, the Cotton Club in Tokyo, and Washington's Kennedy Center. For many years he was Hammond B-3 organist-in-residence at Harlem's SMOKE jazz club.
Cohen serves as an international clinician through programs such as Lincoln Center's "Jazz for Young People”. Emmet Cohen will conduct a Jazz Masterclass Clinic during his appearance in the 10th Anniversary True Blue Jazz Festival, in Rehoboth Beach DE.
In addition to leading the "Emmet Cohen Trio," Cohen has appeared regularly with Ron Carter, Benny Golson, Jimmy Cobb, George Coleman, Jimmy Heath, Tootie Heath, Houston Person,Kurt Elling, Billy Hart, Brian Lynch, and Lea DeLaria, among others. He is a member of Christian McBride's trio "Tip City”, appearing with that group in 2017’s True Blue Jazz Festival.
The Emmet Cohen Trio features Russell Hall on Bass, Drummer Kyle Poole, & of course, Emmet Cohen at the piano. Emmet & his Bandmates find themselves among the Top Jazz Artists chosen in the recent release of 2021’s JazzTimes Readers Poll for Artist of the Year, Acoustic Small Group/Artist, and Pianist.
Please join us in celebration of our 10th True Blue Jazz Festival Anniversary for a unique evening of American Jazz, featuring this Art Forms foremost torchbearer ~ Pianist, Emmet Cohen… presented as only the True Blue Jazz Festival can…in our most intimate Showroom at The Boardwalk Plaza Hotel in Rehoboth Beach DE on Thursday, October 13th in 2 Shows, 730pm & 930pm. Limited Seating available so reserve yours NOW!!! All Tickets are Sold as General Admission.