Masterclass with the Emmet Cohen Trio

Emmet Cohen is known for his fluent stride piano playing that was inspired by legends from the past, but never sounds dated. The New York pianist even envisions a future for the virtuosic, danceable style that was popularized by pianists such as James P. Johnson and Fats Waller, and that informed the music of Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk. Future Stride is the apt title of Cohen’s most recent album which includes both standards and original compositions.

As a finalist of the Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition, Emmet Cohen was received at the White House by president Obama at age twenty-one. Cohen learned vintage piano styles through his regular gigs in jazz clubs and by collaborating with veterans such as Benny Golson, Ron Carter and Jimmy Cobb. During lockdown he created the popular YouTube series Live From Emmet’s Place featuring illustrious guest musicians such as Veronica Swift, Nicolas Payton en Christian McBride.


Multifaceted American jazz pianist and composer Emmet Cohen is one of his generation's pivotal figures in music and the related arts. Downbeat praised the "nimble touch, measured stride and warm harmonic vocabulary" he employs to communicate with other musicians and audiences at what he terms "the deepest level of humanity and individuality." Leader of the "Emmet Cohen Trio" and creator of the "Masters Legacy Series," Cohen is an internationally acclaimed jazz artist and dedicated music educator. Emmet Cohen is the winner of the 2019 American Pianists Awards and the Cole Porter Fellow of the American Pianists Association, and Artist-in-Residence at the University of Indianapolis. He was a finalist in the 2011 Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition. Cohen has appeared at major international jazz festivals and at Lincoln Center's Rose Hall and Washington's Kennedy Center, in addition to headlining at the Village Vanguard and other major New York jazz clubs. For many years he was Hammond B-3 Organist-in-Residence at Harlem's SMOKE jazz club. During the lockdown he created "Live From Emmet's Place," a weekly livestream that received millions of internet views worldwide. Cohen is a Mack Avenue artist.

A Suzuki piano student at age three, Cohen holds jazz piano degrees from the Manhattan School of Music (M.M.) and the University of Miami (B.M.). Emmet Cohen has performed, recorded, or collaborated with Ron Carter, Benny Golson, Jimmy Cobb, George Coleman, Jimmy Heath, Tootie Heath, Houston Person, Christian McBride, Kurt Elling, Billy Hart, Herlin Riley, Lea DeLaria, and Bill T. Jones.



Fri 8 October 2021 17.15 - 18:45


Kees van Baarenzaal

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As seats at the KvB Hall are limited because of the corona regulations, this concert will only be open to KC Jazz students, faculty, and staff.