Multifaceted American jazz pianist and composer Emmet Cohen is undoubtedly one of this generation's pivotal figures in jazz. He is the winner of the 2019 American Pianists Awards, the Cole Porter Fellow of the American Pianists Association, and an Artist-in-Residence at the University of Indianapolis. He was a finalist in the 2011 Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition, and has performed at major international jazz festivals, at Lincoln Center's Rose Hall, The Kennedy Center, and dozens of key jazz clubs around the world. He leads his namesake ensemble, the "Emmet Cohen Trio, " as a vibrant solo performer, and is in constant demand as a sideman. Possessing a fluid technique, an innovative tonal palette, and an extensive repertoire, Cohen plays with the command and passion of an artist fully devoted to his medium. See Emmet Cohen Trio perform at the Ridgefield Playhouse on Friday, May 19, 2023 at 8pm as part of the Moffly Media Evening of Art, Wine & Jazz Series and Bandsintown Spotlight Artist Series. He returns to the Playhouse stage to headline his first show, after serving as a sideman to the legendary Christian McBride on two previous occasions. Join us in the lobby beginning at 7pm for a complimentary wine tasting of Vionta Albarino and Orube Rioja with Ferrer Miranda Family Wines and art exhibit by a local artist! A recognized prodigy, Cohen began Suzuki method piano instruction at age three, and his playing quickly became a mature melding of musicality, technique, and concept. Cohen notes that performing jazz is "about communicating the deepest levels of humanity and individuality; it's essentially about connections, " both among musicians and with audiences. Come enjoy an evening with Emmet Cohen Trio at the Playhouse this May!

A Suzuki piano student at age three, Emmet Cohen holds jazz piano degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and the University of Miami. He has performed, recorded, or collaborated with Ron Carter, Benny Golson, Jimmy Cobb, Kurt Elling, and countless others. A dynamic and charismatic performer, Cohen possesses wide-ranging talents that are invigorating the contemporary arts world both at home and abroad and are received enthusiastically worldwide.

During the 2020 lockdown, Cohen created "Live From Emmet's Place, " a massively successful weekly livestream that led to a 2022 appearance on Good Morning America. The performances by his trio and special guests livestreamed from his New York apartment that recall the Harlem rent parties of yesteryear. These concerts, which have received millions of internet views worldwide, are noteworthy for employing sophisticated production values that set the standard for live internet jazz performance.

In addition to leading the "Emmet Cohen Trio, " Cohen has appeared regularly with Ron Carter, Benny Golson, Jimmy Cobb, George Coleman, Jimmy Heath, Tootie Heath, Houston Person, Kurt Elling, Billy Hart, Brian Lynch, and Lea DeLaria, among others. He is a member of Christian McBride's trio "Tip City" and serves as pianist and music director for jazz vocalist Veronica Swift. In recent years, Cohen held membership in both the "Herlin Riley Quintet" and the "Ali Jackson Trio." He is a Mack Avenue recording artist whose premier CD on that label, "Future Stride" (2021), features contemporary stars Marquis Hill and Melissa Aldana. Cohen's other recordings include "Masters Legacy Series Volume 4: George Coleman" (2019); "Masters Legacy Series Volume 3: Benny Golson and Tootie Heath" (2019); "Dirty in Detroit" (2018);
"Masters Legacy Series Volume 2: Ron Carter" (2018), a Downbeat top-rated album; "Masters Legacy Series Volume 1: Jimmy Cobb" (2017); "Questioned Answer" (2014), co-produced with Brian Lynch; "Infinity" (2013), featuring his Italian trio: and his acclaimed debut CD "In the Element" (2011), with bassist Joe Sanders and drummer Rodney Green.

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