Emmet Cohen

Emmet Cohen

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33 age

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May 25, 1990 Birthday

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Emmet Cohen is a New York based jazz pianist and composer. In addition to leading the Emmet Cohen Trio, he is a sought after sideman and collaborator playing with artists such as Kurt Elling, Brian Lynch, and Jimmy Heath. He serves as musical director for vocalist Veronica Swift and is a member of Christian McBride's Tip City Trio. Cohen is also known for his dedication to jazz history and produces the Master Legacy Series sessions recording with legendary jazz artists such as Jimmy Cobb, Ron Carter, and George Coleman.


Emmet Cohen was awarded the American Pianists Association’s Cole Porter Fellowship in 2019. Emmet Cohen was a finalist in the 2011 Thelonius Monk Jazz Competition. During the 2020 lockdown, Cohen developed the hit webcast "Live From Emmet's Place," a series of weekly performances by his trio and special guests.

Early Life

Emmet Cohen showed musical aptitude at a young age. He began piano lessons at age 3. By age 11 he was considered a musical prodigy, but it wasn't until his family moved to Montclair, New Jersey that he developed an interest in jazz. He attended a local jazz workshop which would become Jazz House Kids, the jazz education program run by Melissa Walker and Christian McBride. Cohen began sitting in at local jazz clubs and jam sessions as a teen. He attended the University of Miami where he earned a degree in jazz performance and then attended the Manhattan School of Music on a full merit scholarship.