College of the Desert’s “Jazz at the Pollock” series welcomes bassist and composer Lorin Cohen, who will perform a concert of originals and jazz standards at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, in the Pollock Theatre. Admission is free with a suggested donation of $5 for students, $10 for public.
Lorin Cohen has been called "superb" by the Chicago Sun-Times. Howard Reich of the Chicago Tribune has described his playing as "ultra-versatile,” "poetic" and fueled by “relentless invention.” A bassist and composer of profound imagination, soulfulness and fire, Cohen’s joyful musical spirit and swinging beat have touched audiences throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, South America and the Middle East.
Originally from Chicago, Cohen has shared the stage and his talents with numerous jazz luminaries, including Monty Alexander (with whom he toured and recorded for seven years), Ryan Cohan, Joe Locke, Geoffrey Keezer, Victor Lewis, Stefon Harris, Michael Weiss, Houston Person, Bucky Pizzarelli, Cyrille Aimee, Jon Davis, Jeremy Pelt, Jim Ridl, Paul Bollenback, Roni Ben-Hur, and Clarence Penn. Cohen’s latest album, titled “Home,” is available from Origin Records.
Lorin Cohen will be joined by Professor of Music Anthony Fesmire, D.A., on guitar; Reed Gratz, D.M.A., on piano; Adjunct Faculty member Carl Rigoli on vibraphone; and David Oromaner on drums. This concert is made possible through the Carol G. Meier Visiting Artist Fund.
Each season, the “Jazz at the Pollock” series will present faculty, student and guest artist concerts that take advantage of the intimacy of the College’s Pollock Theatre and showcase the Jazz Studies program at College of the Desert.
Mark your calendars now for future “Jazz at the Pollock” concerts scheduled for April 6, featuring COD Professor of Music Anthony Fesmire; and May 15, featuring the Jazz Combo students directed by Fesmire.