A look inside The Jazz Gallery

Photo by Lauren Desberg

Photo by Lauren Desberg, via

Pianist-organist Emmet Cohen doesn’t have an ordinary biography page on his website; he has a history page.

He has been in the process of establishing his personal musical history since the age of three, when he began Suzuki lessons in Miami, FL. He continued his studies at the Manhattan School of Music’s Precollege Division after moving to Montclair, NJ, at age 10, and returned to Miami to attend the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music. It wasn’t long before he began earning the string of accolades that reflect his ascendance as a leading artist of his generation: most recently, first place at the 2014 American Jazz Pianist Competition in Melbourne, FL, as well as third place in the 2011 Thelonious Monk Piano Competition and a spot in the finals for the 2011 American Pianist’s Association’s Cole Porter Fellowship.

At age 24, Cohen has already made his mark on the New York jazz scene, working in the bands of Kurt Elling, Brian Lynch, and many others while performing regularly at familiar rooms around the city like Smalls Jazz Club and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola.

In 2011, Emmet released his début album, In the Element, featuring Joe Sanders and Rodney Green. Most recently, he released Questioned Answer with trumpeter Brian Lynch, with whom he worked extensively while attending the Frost School of Music; the duo appeared on our stage in late October to celebrate the release of the album.

We’re pleased to welcome Emmet back to the Gallery on Thursday when he’ll make his début as a leader here. He’ll be bringing a quartet of long-time collaborators and peers: trumpeter Benny Benack III, bassist Russell Hall, and drummer Mark Whitfield Jr. We hope you’ll join us in welcoming this rising star to our stage.

The Emmet Cohen Quartet performs this Thursday, December 11th, 2014, at The Jazz Gallery. The band features Cohen on piano, Benny Benack III on trumpet, Russell Hall on bass, and Mark Whitfield Jr. on drums. Sets are at 8 & 10 p.m. The first set is $15.00 ($10.00 for Members) and the second set is $10.00 ($8.00 for Members). Purchase tickets here.