Another fabulous Jazz session is happening this week when we welcome this endearing, talented rising star to Twickenham Jazz Club to share her music with us.
Rachael Cohen, a London-based alto saxophonist and composer, is one of the brightest emerging stars of her generation. Her skills as a composer and improviser have gained a great deal of attention in the UK and beyond. The Guardian notes:
“Cohen takes a softly devious approach reminiscent of Lee Konitz – but, as with the canny Cool School veteran, the quietness is deceptive and the subtlety is in the weighting of phrases and the hipness with which she plays off the rhythm section.”
From the Shetland Islands, via the ‘City of Edinburgh Music School’ and Birmingham Conservatoire, Rachael Cohen now finds herself amongst the top players on London’s vibrant Jazz scene and one the leading voices of her generation.
Headhunted by Bass player Michael Janisch, Rachael became the first female to be signed to his now internationally renowned label ‘Whirlwind Recordings’, releasing her debut album ‘Halftime’ in 2013 to critical acclaim.
Rachael is a mainstay at London’s most famous Jazz Club – Ronnie Scott’s, where she can be found performing with her own quartet, and hosting the ever-popular ‘late late show’.
Also a dab hand with the pen, Rachael composes a huge amount of music for her own ensembles, most notably for her groups with NY drummer Jason Brown and Empirical vibraphonist Lewis Wright.
Rachael can be found playing anywhere from the Vortex Jazz Club and Hackney institution The Haggerston, to overseas at the clubs of New York City such as Smalls Jazz Club.