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The Ryan Cohan Trio at Bösendorfer New York's Salon Jazz

- Jazz and Cabaret Corner

”All that Jazz”
Salon Jazz at Bösendorfer New York
www.bosendorfernewyork.com

200 Lexington Avenue
Suite 902
New York, NY 10016
212.684.1956
Gerhard Feldmann, President
Lisa L. Feldmann, Executive Vice President

Third in a Début Series, Spring 2006

Featuring:
The Ryan Cohan Trio
(Ryan Cohan Website)
Ryan Cohan on Piano
Lorin Cohen on Bass
Derrek Philips on Drums

And
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Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
April 26, 2006


(Read a Review of Ryan Cohan’s CD: Here and Now)

Program:

Steppin' Up: Composed by Ryan Cohan.

Waltz For Monk: Composed by Donald Brown.

Caravan: Composed by Juan Tizol.

Lush Life: Composed by Billy Strayhorn.

Roscoe St.: Composed by Ryan Cohan.

Don't You Know I Care: Composed by Duke Ellington.

Daahoud: Composed by Clifford Brown.

(See More Reviews of “All that Jazz”, Salon Jazz at Bösendorfer New York).

Tonight Gerhard Feldmann and Lisa L. Feldmann, President and EVP at Bösendorfer New York, hosted the third in a four-event jazz series, titled “All that Jazz” in the Spring 2006 Debut of Salon Jazz. The Ryan Cohan Trio, based in Chicago, flew out for this special jazz piano event, in which the pianist performs on the renowned Bösendorfer, in the midst of numerous, new Bösendorfers, of varying shapes, sizes, and styles. Ryan Cohan performed with intensity and interest. With him tonight were Lorin Cohen on bass and Derrek Phillips on drums.

Ryan Cohan has performed with Freddie Hubbard, Regina Carter, and Jon Faddis. In 2005 Ryan was awarded a commission from Chamber Music America as part of their New Works: Creation and Presentation program to compose a suite for his sextet. Lorin Cohen prides himself on his versatility, playing Latin, jazz, and pop styles, and he travels the globe in performance. In fact, in 2005 he played with Monty Alexander in Zurich and with Ryan Cohan in Canada. Derrek Phillips studied jazz drumming with John Riley of the Village Vanguard Orchestra and has performed with Michael Brecker, Rufus Reid, and Dr. Lonnie Smith.

Cohan’s Steppin Up is a blues composition “reflecting the upward harmonic motion weaved into the tune. It has modern sounds while maintaining a traditional structure. The blues is a critical form and sound in jazz”. (Cohan Quotes). I heard generous bass and drum solos in the swinging straight jazz. Waltz for Monk appealed to Cohan for its “colorful and occasionally idiosyncratic melody in 3/4 time. The harmony is imaginative, too, blending modern sounds with more straight ahead major and minor progressions. A few quirky rhythms are reminiscent of Monk”. (Cohan Quotes). I found this piece to be smooth and melodic with a singable theme.

Caravan is a “wonderful simple, classic composition that lends itself well for a new interpretation on each performance…(with) a variety of Latin and other world rhythms as well as swing”. (Cohan Quotes). With fused Latin percussion, this could be clavé blues. Lush Life appealed to Cohan as a “brilliant composition any way you look at it, melodically, formatically, harmonically, and lyrically…Billy Strayhorn was 16 when he wrote it.” Cohan’s “interpretation was inspired by Franz Liszt's 'Un Sospiro' etude among others”. (Cohan Quotes). Waterfalls of melody ran rampant across Bösendorfer’s elegant keyboard.

Cohan played another original composition, Roscoe St., “inspired by Bud Powell's music and improvising...named after a street on which I and many jazz musicians” (lived). “Lots of jam sessions took place on Roscoe St.”. (Cohan Quotes). This piece seemed to warm the audience with a soulful bass, steady, upbeat drums, and a slightly dissonant piano theme. Ellington’s Don’t You Know I Care is, to Cohan, “a beautiful piece written by one of the most important composers of any time, Duke Ellington...a great vehicle for improvising and group interpretation”. (Cohan Quotes). Ellington creates sensuality with eclectic rhythms.

Clifford Brown’s Daahoud closed this set as “a showcase for the trio to play as a group and individually... (with) …technical, intricately arranged ensemble playing, …lots of open room on which to develop solos”. (Cohan Quotes). A lovely reception followed, hosted by Lisa L. Feldmann and Gerhard Feldmann of Bösendorfer New York. The featured performer for the May 24 Salon Jazz event, Cliff Korman, explored the Bösendorfer on which he will likely play his Brazilian jazz with saxophonist, Anat Cohen.

There is one additional “All that Jazz” event scheduled for the Spring 2006 Début Series; see below, and reserve your seats early at: All-that-Jazz@BosendorferNewYork.com or 212.684.1956 for guaranteed seating. Reservations are required.

Celebrate Bösendorfer New York’s Third Anniversary with Special Pricing: Adults: $25, Students: $15. 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM: The performance is followed by a reception with fine Austrian wines and European cheeses and a wonderful opportunity to meet the artist(s) and your fellow music lovers of all ages and backgrounds.

Wednesday, May 24th, 2006
Cliff Korman and Anat Cohen
Cliff Korman on Piano and Anat Cohen on Saxophone
(Cliff Korman Website)
Selections from Cliff’s CD: Mood Ingênuo
(Pixinguinha Meets Duke Ellington)



Ryan Cohan and Lorin Cohen
Photo courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Derrek Phillips on Drums
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Ryan Cohan on the Bösendorfer
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Lorin Cohen on Bass
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Ryan Cohan on the Bösendorfer
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Ryan Cohan on the Bösendorfer
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Ryan Cohan Trio and Lisa Feldmann
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Ryan Cohan Trio
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Cliff Korman, Guest, at the Bösendorfer
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Elisabeth and Michael
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Maja Sponring
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Sara Villagio, Jennifer Chin, Staci Farris, Ryan Cohan
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Gerhard at the Bar
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Guest at the Bösendorfer Emperor
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Ryan and Gerhard
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Ryan and Gerhard at the Bösendorfer Emperor
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For more information, contact Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower at zlokower@bestweb.net