Al Cohn

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Al Cohn

Al Cohn (born November 24, 1925 in New York City , † February 15, 1988 in Stroudsburg , Pennsylvania ; actually Alvin Gilbert Cohn ) was an American jazz saxophonist and arranger.

Live and act

Cohn was already working with musicians such as Joe Marsala , Georgie Auld , Boyd Raeburn , Alvino Rey and Buddy Rich in the mid-1940s . He became known as one of the Four Brothers in Woody Hermans Second Herd (1948-49) alongside Zoot Sims , Stan Getz and Serge Chaloff . After he was still a member of Artie Shaw's band in 1949 , he worked mainly as a studio musician in the 1950s and recorded his first albums as a band leader. Since 1956 he worked at irregular intervals as the coleader of a quintet with Zoot Sims.

While Cohn had worked as an arranger under Woody Herman and later wrote arrangements for Broadway productions such as Raisin and Sophisticated Ladies , in his final years he concentrated on playing and recording.

With Jack Kerouac and Zoot Sims , Al Cohn recorded an album on which the two jazz musicians improvised on blues themes while Kerouac recited haikus . His son Joe Cohn became known as a guitarist.

The Al Cohn estate was looked after by the Al Cohn Memorial Jazz Collection and has been housed in the Kemp Library at East Stroudsburg University in East Stroudsburg, Monroe County (Pennsylvania) since 1988 ; The Al Cohn Memorial Jazz Collection publishes The Note magazine three times a year .

Discographic notes

Individual evidence

  1. The Beat Poet and His Horns. Retrieved November 27, 2012 .
  2. Website of the Al Cohn Memorial Jazz Collection

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