"...that was a great song. Period."

11 February 2010

Jonathan Kellerman’s new book Evidence mentions Anat Cohen playing Cry Me A River – for which I wrote the arrangement. Pretty cool, no?

Please turn to page 90 in your books:

“…and listened to a disk of Anat Cohen wailing on her clarinet and saxophones. Replaying “Cry Me A River” a couple of times because that was a great song. Period.”

You can download the track, or buy the CD .

Anzic Orchestra Live on NPR

1 December 2009

Our Anzic Orchestra concert at the Kennedy Center in Washington was recorded by NPR JazzSet and featured on NPR earlier this year.

The concert included some never before recorded charts for us, like Benny Goodman’s Oh Baby and a new medley. I’m just getting around to posting it now – hope you will enjoy it.

Billie Holiday Tribute

24 September 2009

Just got back from Brazil, where I served as musical director for a Billie Holiday tribute produced by the Tudo É Jazz festival in Ouro Preto. In the last months I’ve been occupied with creating a meaningful, relevant program, writing arrangements, and making sure all the incredible musicians on the bandstand get a chance to express themselves and sound their unique voice. It was rewarding to see it all come together. Here is the inspiring band: Madeleine Peyroux (voice), Ingrid Jensen (Trumpet), Anat Cohen (Clarinet), Marcus Strickland (Tenor Sax), Bucky Pizzarelli (Guitar), Mulgrew Miller (Piano), Ron Carter (Bass), Antonio Sanchez (Drums).

The great Mart’nália participated as well – if you don’t know her music you should. It seems that her participation in a Billie Holiday tribute appeared strange to some people – but I am glad I requested that she performs.

Hope to be able to share some audio or video from the shows here, I’ll post if and when they become available.

DownBeat Critics Poll

12 July 2008

I’m mentioned on the list of Rising Star Arrangers in the 56th DownBeat critics poll. Very cool to know my work is noticed.

My Dad

17 October 2007

My father was recently interviewed on the Israeli radio station 103FM, and oddly enough, I was the subject of the interview, as well as my lovely wife Amy Cervini. It was both strange and exciting listening to the live broadcast in my New York apartment.

Here is a recording of the interview by Rivka Michaeli, for your listening pleasure. It features selections from Noir as well as a song I wrote, performed by Amy on her CD Famous Blue

(If you don’t speak hebrew, he says really nice things about me):

Anzic Orchestra at the Village Vanguard - July 2nd

28 June 2007

Anat Cohen and the Anzic Orchestra will be performing at the Village Vanguard on Monday, July 2nd.

Monday Nights at the Village Vanguard usually feature the Vanguard Orchestra, which used to be called the Thad Jones–Mel Lewis Orchestra. I heard about Monday Nights at the Vanguard growing up in Israel, and many of the resident musicians became my personal heroes. It’s a great thrill for me to be leading a band there, on Monday night, with my friend Anat Cohen.

So – please come and share our excitement! and if you can’t – be sure to catch Anat at the Village Vanguard July 3-8.

Here are the details:

Where: The Village Vanguard – 178 7th Ave, New York, NY
When: Monday, July 2
What: Anat Cohen with the Anzic Orchestra Arranged and Conducted by Oded Lev-Ari
Tickets: $30.00 at http://www.villagevanguard.com/

Anzic Store

4 June 2007

Anzic Records is growing and expanding! most recently, the Anzic Store was opened online. You can get Noir there, as well as some other exciting new releases from Anat Cohen, Avishai Cohen, Jason Lindner, Joel Frahm, Manuel Valera and the Waverly Seven.

Also, the store features a very cool audio player, which allows you to sample the releases in style.

Take a look! It’s the best place to get Noir

Noir Live at the Jazz Standard

5 May 2007

We will be celebrating the release of Noir – featuring Anat Cohen and the Anzic Orchestra on May 8th at the Jazz Standard. It’s a rare opportunity to hear the music live, with an all-star band. I will be conducting my arrangements.

Here are the details:

When: May 8th, 7:30pm and 9:30pm
Where: The Jazz Standard , 116 East 27th Street New York City
Who: Anat Cohen and the Anzic Orchestra, Arranged and Conducted by Oded Lev-Ari
What: Playing music from Noir , their recently released album on Anzic Records
Cover: $20 + tax

For reservations (and they are going fast!) please call the Jazz Standard: 212-576-2232 or visit them online.

Noir Now Available on iTunes

18 March 2007

Noir is getting some rave reviews, look at this one in All About Jazz for example.

What’s that you say? You really want to get one? well, you’re in luck! Noir was just added to the iTunes music store – it’s just a short download away! Click here for the iTunes Music Store.

ACQ's Famous Blue Available

13 March 2007

CD Cover for ACQ's Famous Blue Famous Blue, ACQ’s debut album is now available for purchase on CDBaby. I produced this album along with Amy Cervini, and a song of mine – How He Sings is featured on the album as well. I am very happy with this album; it features some very talented New York musicians who are really exploring what makes them happy music-makers, without defaulting to traditional formats and sounds. So check out Famous Blue – every track is a little surprise!.

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