09/22 8:00 PM & 10:00 PM - $25.00
Keystone Korner Nights / Todd Barkan presents: Ryan Cohan/Motema Records CD Launch
Cohan is a gifted, strong pianist from the Bud Powell-Herbie Hancock-Chick Corea tree [and] already a master . . . – DownBeat
You’ll be struck by the exquisite detail of [Ryan’s] writing. – Howard Reich, The Chicago Tribune
Ryan Cohan’s Quartet, featuring Geof Bradfield (tenor & soprano saxophones), Lorin Cohen (bass) and Kobie Watkins (drums), have been playing together in the U.S. and internationally since 2003 (The Quartet was twice chosen for the 2008-2009 Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad program sponsored by Jazz At Lincoln Center and the U.S. State Department). “There have been so many exciting musical moments spontaneously igniting on the bandstand over the years with these supportive and incredibly talented musicians. It always was, and is, about playing in the now, taking chances, swinging hard, and the group vibe; the chemistry that developed as much from countless hours rehearsing and performing in concert as from hanging together in good humor on myriad bus and plane rides on the road. The little things like bunking four to a tiny railcar across Russia, or blowing with hyper-intensity in Congo with a giant fruit bat flying overhead indoors all affect the musical camaraderie. That unique band quality is also an ineffable connection; a special something that just happens with the right players and personalities making music together. There’s nothing like it.” Another Look offers a snapshot of this band, these experiences, and as a natural result, their latest musical point-of-view.
Guggenheim Fellow, Ryan Cohan, has distinguished himself as a vital original voice to be heard amongst the elite young jazz artists on the global music scene today. Upon receiving his performance degree from DePaul University in 1993, Cohan began making his mark playing and writing with the top jazz and Latin musicians in Chicago. He has since performed with many iconic artists and stellar ensembles including Freddie Hubbard, Curtis Fuller, Ramsey Lewis, Joe Locke, Paquito D’Rivera, Jon Faddis, Kurt Elling, Pat La Barbera, Andy Narell, Regina Carter, Michal Urbaniak, Otis Clay, Orbert Davis, The Chicago Jazz Philharmonic and The Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s MusicNOW Ensemble among many others. His diverse resume includes a substantial list of commercial studio performing credits, collaborating with internationally renown tap dancers, and writing the theme music to “The Legends Of Jazz” nationally syndicated TV show. In addition to receiving the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship for Composition, Cohan has earned several other highly competitive awards including two New Works Awards and the Encore Award from Chamber Music America, two Illinois Arts Council composer fellowships, three City Of Chicago artist grants and the Composer Award Grant from American Music Center. As an educator, Cohan has been on the faculty member of The Skidmore Jazz Institute (Saratoga Springs), held the position of assistant director of jazz ensembles at The University Of Illinois at Chicago and continues to work as an artist clinician at universities and high schools throughout the U.S. and abroad.