George Wein

36 Under 36 2009: Anat Cohen, 34

Staff Writer

 There’s an evanescent quality to Anat Cohen’s sound. Her clarinet (she also plays the tenor and soprano saxophones) immediately evokes the celebratory swing of klezmer, but the music she plays — be it the Brazilian choro or the swampy funk of New Orleans big bands — quickly transports the listener somewhere else. She moved to New York from Israel 10 years ago, and it’s clear that behind her majestic, piping hot compositions is a more elemental ability to adapt, transform, and simply keep things moving.

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