DownBeat Jazz Magazine describes Tal Cohen as “… a special talent that needs to be heard… Check him out!”
His unique jazz style is rooted in the modalities of Jewish folk song and informed by the classical music he studied during his formative years in Israel. At sixteen, he moved to Australia and subsequently completed a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies at the prestigious Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. His first album, “Yellow Sticker,” released soon afterward, has received extensive radio air time in Australia and Israel.
Cohen is in demand as a jazz pianist of note, having appeared regularly with the Jamie Oehlers Quartet, New York saxophonist George Garzone and Joe Lovano and many other established artists. He was a finalist in the Wangaratta Jazz Festival’s 2013 Piano Competition–Australia’s most renowned jazz competition. In 2014, Grammy Award-winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard invited Cohen to play with his Quintet at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, and again at the New Orleans Jazz Festival. Blanchard describes Cohen’s artistry:
“Tal Cohen is one of the brightest stars playing the piano to come along in a long time and has the promise of being at the top of the curve changing our minds about music.”
Now completing a Master’s degree (on full scholarship) at Frost School of Music, University of Miami, he studies with Martin Bejerano and continues to perform extensively. Hang with jazz cogniscenti this Friday at Arts Garage, and immerse yourself in the creative depth and authoritative pianism of this powerful young star.