Anat Cohen is an Israeli jazz clarinetist, saxophonist and bandleader.
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Cohen went to the United States in 1996. Her debut album, Place & Time, was released in 2005 on Anzic Records.
Cohen performs regularly and has appeared at a number of notable jazz festivals, including the Newport Jazz Festival, Montreal International Jazz Festival, Tudo É Jazz Festival and the North Sea Jazz Festival. She has developed a notable work of research about Brazilian music, especially the Choro. Known at first for her accomplishments on the saxophone, she has recently focused on the clarinet, which is featured exclusively on her record Clarinetwork (with Benny Green, Peter Washington, and Lewis Nash). Her latest record "Claroscuro" features Jason Lindner, Joe Martin and Daniel Freedman.
Her brother, Avishai Cohen, is a jazz trumpet player (not to be confused with the bass player of the same name).
In 2007 she won the awards for "Up and Coming Artist and Clarinetist of the Year" from the Jazz Journalists Association. She was also voted Clarinetist of the Year in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 and honored as "Multi-Reedist of The Year" in 2012 and 2013. She has received multiple citations in Down Beat magazine's annual critics and readers polls in multiple categories including top rankings for "Rising Star" in the tenor and soprano saxophone categories and "Clarinet".
On 12 July 2013, she received the 2013 Paul Acket Award on the North Sea Jazz in Rotterdam from the BNP Foundation.