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Cohn, Joe

Cohn, Joe, guitar (also bass, trumpet, piano); b. Queens, Flushing, NY, 28 December 1956. He's the son of saxophionist/composer Al Cohn and singer Marilyn Moore. From the age of about 8-9 to 14-15, went to a private school in Tenn. Then went to NY, then to Penn. with Al Cohn for 11th and 12th grades in the Poconos. Then moved to Boston in 1975, going to Berklee into 1978. He gigged on bass and guitar with Freddie Cole, Buddy DeFranco, Bob Mover, Artie Shaw Orchestra, Warren Chiasson, Al Grey, and also did appearances and tours with Al Cohn, Mose Allison, Zoot Sims, and others. He received a full scholarship to Berklee on trumpet in Fall 1990. His last gig on trumpet was three months in a salsa band. (He also plays some piano.) After he left Berklee, he moved to NY in the spring of 1991.

Cohn is presently in 3 bands: Harry Allen quartet, Jay Leonhart trio, and Grant Stewart quintet. He has also performed with Daryl Sherman and others.
He has recorded with Al Cohn, Grey, DeFranco, Frank Wess, Claude Williams, and others.

His daughter is Shaye Cohn, classical pianist; b. 11/24/1982.

Joe Cohn: Hearsay, by Greg Robinson, Jazz Times, July-August 1997

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