mike cohen music

Mike Cohen is a versatile saxophonist and woodwind player residing in New York City. With this recording, he has assembled some of the finest musicians in the world to play on his first jazz CD as a leader. This recording features eight original tunes and one standard.

Mike has been a full time working musician since the age of 18 and is no stranger to the New York City jazz scene. He has performed with the Duke Ellington Band, the late great Hank Jones, Ray Vega, Steven Bernstein, Arturo O Farrell and Harvey S, to name just a few.

He performs throughout the country with venues as diverse as Lincoln Center, Birdland, The Blue Note, Dizzy’s and Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall. Mike is the clarinet player and bandleader of the Kleztraphobix, whose latest record, Another Bottle of Vodka, has been described as defining an exciting, driving sound that makes New York the place to listen to Klezmer. (Klezmershack)

Additional recording and performance highlights include composer Bill Apollo Brown, Golden Chants in America by Rebecca Garfein, Fado singer Fatima Santos CD Nostalgia, R+B band Ellis Island. He has also collaborated as composer and performer with the dance company Return of the Sun with choreographer Rina Rinkowitch and the chamber opera Harlots Progress performed in Nantes France. The most recent project the Mike completed, released in December, 2012, is a CD he produced and recorded in Putti, Uganda with a village that is Jewish “I Love to Sing, Music from Putti”‘features the choir of the orthodox village of Putti singing their melodies for many of the Psalms as well as some original Jewish songs.It is the follow up to the first recording Cohen produced and recorded there- “When I Wake Up , Music from Putti”


Mike Cohen - Biographical

“Music to me is about two things, emotion and communication.”
- Mike Cohen

Contact info

phone: 917.362.4604

Copyright 2007, Mike Cohen Music, photos and copy

Recent Press

Listen to Mike on WQXR this Thursday December 5 at 7. He will be performing with the Levitt Legacy as well as interviewed about his trip to Uganda to record “I Love to Sing (Music of the Ugandan Jews)

Mike is interviewed by Alexander Gelfand about his trip to Uganda to record “WHen I Wake Up, Music from Putti” for Tablet Magazine

“When you listen to the music of Mike Cohen...you're on a musical journey of hope, joy and discovery.”
- Ray Vega