Multifaceted American jazz pianist and composer, Emmet Cohen, has emerged as one of his generation’s pivotal figures in music. A recognized prodigy, Cohen began Suzuki method piano instructions at age three, and his playing quickly became a mature melding of musicality, technique and concept. Cohen says playing jazz is “about communicating the deepest levels of humanity and individuality; it’s essentially about connections.”
In this back-to-back weekend in the Bing Studio, the Emmet Cohen Trio is joined by jazz legend and drummer Tootie Heath. The list of jazz legends that 82-year-old drummer Albert “Tootie” Heath has gigged with over six decades is extensive. Early on in his career, Heath, younger brother of saxophonist Jimmy Heath and bassist Percy Heath, cut his teeth around Philadelphia with heavies like Lee Morgan, Bobby Timmons and Ray Bryant. He says while he was still in high school, he got a chance to play a weeklong stint with Thelonious Monk at the Blue Note in Philadelphia.
This program is generously supported by the Koret Foundation. The Koret Jazz Project is a multiyear initiative to support, expand, and celebrate the role of jazz in the artistic and educational programming of Stanford Live.