Muskegon, Michigan February 10, 2018 — Emmet Cohen is making waves in the New York City jazz scene and across the globe. The rising star piano phenom comes to West Michigan for a performance at The Block at 7:30pm Saturday, March 2. Joining him will be Russell Hall on bass and Kenny Phelps on drums. The trio melds all styles of jazz- stride, swing, bebop, free, contemporary- as well as more modern source material, providing the audience a glimpse into the future. This evening celebrates the release of their latest record, “Dirty in Detroit.”
Emmet Cohen plays with the command of a seasoned veteran and the passion of an artist fully devoted to his medium. Downbeat observed that his “nimble touch, measured stride and warm harmonic vocabulary indicate he’s above any convoluted technical showmanship.” His fluid technique, innovative tonal palette, and expansive repertoire have earned him an avid expanding fan base and critical acclaim. Cohen himself has noted that performing jazz is “about communicating the deepest level of humanity and individuality; it’s essentially about connections,” both among musicians and with audiences.
Cohen’s exacting keyboard artistry has garnered numerous accolades from the international jazz community. He placed first in both the American Jazz Pianists competition (2014) and the Phillips Piano Competition at the University of West Florida (2011). He was a finalist in the prestigious American Pianists Association’s Cole Porter Fellowship (2015, 2011) and the Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition (2011). Cohen has appeared in world-renowned jazz events, including the Newport, Monterey, North Sea, Bern, Edinburgh, Detroit, and Jerusalem jazz festivals, as well as the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia.
The Block is located at 360 W. Western Avenue in Muskegon. Single tickets are priced at $25 for regular seats, $35 for table seating. Students with ID will be admitted for $10. To order, call 231.726.3231 or visit www.TheBlockWestMichigan.org.