Jeremy Cohen: Violinjazz

Jeremy Cohen‘s electrifying jazz violin performances have earned him nationwide accolades. Classically-trained and a student of Itzhak Perlman and Anne Crowden, Cohen’s eclectic style reflects his respect for a wide range of violinists from Perlman and Fritz Kreisler to Joe Venuti and Eddie South.

Cohen has performed as soloist with orchestras including the Virginia Symphony, the California Symphony and the Reno Philharmonic. His recording credits include motion picture and television soundtracks and as concertmaster on recordings with Linda Ronstadt, Ray Charles, Aaron Neville, Howard Keel and Cleo Laine. He appeared on Carlos Santana’s Grammy-winning CD “Supernatural” and the original “Star Wars” compilation CD with John Williams. On the stage he was the solo violinist in “Forever Tango” and “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” and has toured and recorded with the 2006 Grammy winners, the Turtle Island String Quartet, and his own groups ViolinJazz and Quartet San Francisco.

He performed here previously with the Eddie Pasternak Trio.

Dix Bruce is a composer, author and award-winning guitarist from the San Francisco Bay Area. He has made music with Jeremy Cohen for over twenty-five years. Dix also performs and records with a variety of Bay Area-based musical groups in varied styles, from traditional American country and folk, to bluegrass, swing and jazz.

He has authored over fifty music books and DVDs, mostly for Mel Bay publications, including four “Gypsy Swing & Hot Club Rhythm” book/CDs sets and “Parking Lot Picker’s Songbooks.” He co-authored “Swing Jazz Violin with Hot-Club Rhythm” with Jeremy Cohen & Dix Bruce

Dix has recorded with Jeremy Cohen and Violinjazz, mandolin legend Frank Wakefield, the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra, his own collection of American folk songs entitled “My Folk Heart,” and a CD of string swing and jazz, “Tuxedo Blues.” He has released four CDs of traditional American songs and originals with guitarist Jim Nunally. His most recent project is a recording with singer and mandolinist Julie Cline entitled “Look at it Rain.”

Pianist, composer and arranger Larry Dunlap has a multifaceted career that includes extensive work in the fields of jazz, classical and popular music.

Since the early 1980s Larry has been pianist in North America with the British singer Dame Cleo Laine and her musician husband Sir John Dankworth. His past work has seen him appearing and/or recording with jazz vocalists Mark Murphy, Sheila Jordan, Ernestine Anderson and Joe Williams, as well as instrumentalists Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Ralph Towner, Ernie Watts, Bud Shank and Larry Coryell. In the pop music field Larry has toured with The Pointer Sisters, Country Joe McDonald, and others.

For the past 30 years Larry has worked closely with the Cape Verdean composer Amandio Cabral, recording several cds of his own interpretations of Mr. Cabral’s music.

He performed here previously with the Larry Dunlap Quartet featuring Charlie McCarthy.

Jim Kerwin is best known as the bass player for the David Grisman Quintet, having played with David for nearly 30 years, and 10 years playing with Jerry Garcia in the Garcia - Grisman Band.

He has worked with Yo Yo Ma, Stephane Grappelli, Sven Assmussen, Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer, George Marsh, Gary Burton, Herbie Hancock, Denny Zeitlin, and Bonnie Raitt.

As a player and composer he has been part of six Grammy nominated projects.

He performed here previously with Jon Eriksen.

Drummer David Rokeach toured with Ray Charles from 1990-91. He has performed/recorded with Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Aaron Neville, Mavis Staples, Lou Rawls, Dr. John, Joe Henderson, Mark Murphy, The George Brooks-Zakir Hussain Group, Wilson Pickett, Linda Tillery, Steve Miller, Joe Satriani, Joyce Cooling, Maria Muldaur, Calvin Keys, Barry Finnerty, Merl Saunders, David Grisman, Louis Bellson, Wayne Wallace, The Nelson Riddle Orchestra, Paula West, Marcos Silva, The Coasters, The Shirelles, Ernestine Anderson, Oscar Brown Jr., Ingrid Jensen, Maria Schneider, and Rita Moreno.

He played Chez Hanny previously with Klobas/Kesecker Ensemble, Debbie Poryes, and Jim Grantham.