Lorin Cohen Group
Saturday, September 24 ,4:00-5:00pm
Called "superb" by the Chicago Sun-Times and "ultra-versatile" and "poetic" by the Chicago Tribune, bassist and composer LORIN COHEN has a profound imagination, soulfulness, fire, and a swinging beat that have touched audiences throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, South America and the Middle East. Beginning on alto saxophone in fourth grade, Lorin picked up the bass guitar at 14 so that he could jam with his guitar-playing older brother Elliott and his cousin, the pianist Ryan Cohan. By the age of 15, Lorin was performing professionally with some of the most important bluesmen in Chicago. Says Lorin, “I started playing the bass because I wanted to make people dance.” Although he is now a New York resident, Lorin’s earliest influences are rooted in the deep blues heritage of his native Chicago, noting, “we used to sneak out to the great blues clubs in the city, soaking up the sounds. I was captivated by the magnitude of soul can be expressed in a mere 3 chords and 12 bars alone.” Today he has distinguished himself as an exciting and dynamic musician. His tuneful compositions and joyful groove resonate with audiences throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the Caribbean.
Lorin was with the piano great, Monty Alexander, for seven years and is featured on two of his recordings; has recorded on three albums with Joe Locke, and toured with Steve Wilson, Geoffrey Keezer, Victor Lewis, Stefon Harris, Michael Weiss, Houston Person, Bucky Pizzarelli, Cyrille Aimee, Joe Labarbara, and Peter Bernstein among others. His debut CD HOME was selected by DownBeat Magazine as one of the “Best albums of 2015.” Joining bassist LORIN COHEN are VICTOR PROVOST, on steel pan, a member of the GRAMMY award-winning Afro Bop Alliance and one of the world’s leading voices on the steel pan (aka steel drum); YVONNICK PRENE on harmonica, French born founder of New York Harmonica School and described by Lee Konitz as producing “The most beautiful music I have ever heard on harmonica”; Motéma recording artist, Guggenheim Fellow, composer, and pianist RYAN COHAN; and drummer, composer, educator, Director of Jazz Studies at DePaul, DANA HALL.