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Jazz Encounters

TAL COHEN GROUP - Friday 7/14 at 8 PM

TAL COHEN GROUP - Friday 7/14 at 8 PM

Tal Cohen - piano

Dion Kerr - bass

David Chiverton - drums

Tal Cohen’s unique piano style owes its roots to the Jewish folk songs and classical music he played in his formative years growing up in Israel. After moving to Perth at the age of 16, Tal received a music scholarship at Churchlands Senior High School. Upon graduating he continued his music studies at the prestigious Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts where he completed a bachelor degree, honors and masters in jazz performance. Tal began performing nationally in 2010 with his involvement in the successful Australian tour of the Jamie Oehlers Quartet, which included shows at Sydney’s 505 and Melbourne’s Bennett’s Lane and Uptown jazz clubs. In the same year he also performed with New York saxophonist, George Garzone.

 “Yellow Sticker”, Tal’s first album as a leader, was released in December 2011. Consisting largely of original tunes, it showcases some of Perth’s finest musicians with Jamie Oehlers on saxophone, Chris Tarr on drums and Pete Jeavons on bass.

In May 2013 Tal performed a number of shows with world-renowned saxophonist Joe Lovano at the inaugural Perth International Jazz Festival, including a sold-out performance at the Perth Concert Hall to a 1000-large audience.

His new recording “Gentle Giants” features New York heavyweight Greg Osby on alto sax, Perth musician Jamie Oehlers on tenor sax, Robert Hurst on bass and Nate Winn on drums.

Young musicians are invited to play along some of the best musicians around, in an informal setting and with the common purpose of establishing a relationship around music and its history. It’s also a lot of fun!  Be good at your instrument and be ready to play.  Be part of the audience or join in. Nicole Yarling leads the session.

FREE for Students -18 and WDNA Members/$15 General Admission

Concerts take place at the WDNA JAZZ GALLERY, 2921 Coral Way in Miami. For more information, call (305) 662-8889