The Blue Note Emerging ArtistSeries is designed to give young up and coming musicians the opportunity to perform at the Blue Note as an opening act for our jazz legends. The opening act performance will go from 6:30 - 7:30PM and will provide access to Roy Haynes's's 8:00PM set at no additional cost.
Emerging Artist Series: Emmet Cohen & Armand Hirsch Duo
At 22, jazz piano prodigy Emmet Cohen plays with the maturity and confidence of a seasoned veteran. With astonishing technique and an innovative harmonic palate, Emmet engenders a deep musical bond with his audience. He has shared the bandstand with a plethora of Jazz luminaries, including Christian McBride, Joshua Redman, Patti Austin, Maceo Parker, Carmen Bradford, Billy Hart, and many others.
Emmet has been playing piano since he started Suzuki lessons in his native Miami at age 3. He continued studying classical music at a youth keyboard program at the University of Miami, and upon moving to Montclair, NJ at age 10, was accepted into the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division, where he majored for seven years in classical piano in the studio of Dr. Peter Vinograde. His interest in jazz gradually intensified over these years, and he was fortunate to be exposed to and mentored by some of the great jazz musicians in the New York metropolitan area such as Bruce Williams, Cecil Brooks III, Dave Stryker, Billy Hart, and Jeremy Manasia.
Since then he has played and performed at some of the top jazz clubs and festivals around the world, including the Monterey Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival (Holland), Bern (Switzerland) Jazz Festival, and River to River Festival (NYC). He has participated in conventions such as Jazz in July and performed at such famed performance spaces as the Kennedy Center, and the “Monk at 92″ Piano Summit at the World Financial Center.
2008 was a rewarding year for Emmet. He won a Downbeat Award as an Outstanding Jazz Soloist, and was later chosen to be the pianist to play in the 2008 Gibson/Baldwin GRAMMY Jazz Combo, the 2008 Jazz Band of America (part of the Music for All National Festival), and the Monterey Jazz Festival’s 2008 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra. Finally, he was selected to be a recipient of the 2009 NFAA Clifford Brown/Stan Getz Fellowship, honored with a silver award.
In 2011, Emmet came in first place in the Kathleen T. and Philip B. Phillip’s Piano Competition at the University of West Florida, and also won the audience favorite award. Emmet was also selected as one of five finalists for the prestigious 2011 American Pianist’s Association’s Cole Porter Fellowship which took place in Indianapolis, May, 2011. In June, he received a write-up in Downbeat Magazine for winning Downbeat Student Music awards in the categories, “Best Jazz Soloist” and “Best Jazz Combo” (for the Emmet Cohen Trio).
In September of 2011 Emmet won third prize in the Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition. Backed by Carl Allen and Rodney Whitaker, he performed a set at the Kennedy Center in front of 2,000 people.
Emmet recently finished his debut album, “In the Element” featuring Joe Sanders and Rodney Green, receiving many positive reviews. Emmet is currently pursuing a music degree at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, studying with the esteemed pianist and educator, Shelly Berg and Martin Bejerano. Emmet is also an accomplished Hammond B3 organ player, and performs regularly in the NY/NJ and Miami areas, as both a leader and a sideman.
Armand Hirsch is an American guitarist/multi-instrumentalist/producer, who plays predominantly Jazz, World and Electronic music. He had his beginnings in rock and funk music, and has recently been focused on the Armand Hirsch Trio, a project that embraces intercontinental sounds and textures. He is a junior at Columbia University.
Born in New York City, Hirsch began to play the drums at the age 4, studying under jazz doyen Eddie Locke. He went on to study drums under Sandy Gennaro, at the Drummers Collective in New York City. Hirsch debuted as a drummer at the age of 12, at the Bitter End. He also went on to study under Adam Deitch and Joe Strasser.
For his 12th birthday, he was given a guitar, and quickly began to pursue it on equal with the drums. By the age of 14, Hirsch was already a touring guitarist, traveling around the US and Canada under the tutelage of Charlie Lagond, from Lagond Music School. Since then, Hirsch has appeared at numerous prestigious venues, including North Sea Jazz Festival, Beacon Theatre, Monterey Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Bern Jazz Festival, New Orleans Jazz Festival, BB King’s and others.
In High School, Hirsch was a two-time member of the GRAMMY Jazz Ensembles and the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, and also received an NFAA youngARTS Silver Award, an ASCAP Young Jazz Composer’s Award and an Outstanding Musicianship Award at the Berklee High School Jazz Festival.
Hirsch has played with Bobby McFerrin, McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, George Mraz, Christian McBride, Terence Blanchard, Frank Wess, Joe Wilder, Roy Hargrove, Terell Stafford, Ravi Coltrane, Maceo Parker, Sam Yahel, Bernard Purdie, Omar Hakim, Dr. Eddie Henderson and others. In 2009, he performed as a member of the Hank Jones Quartet, including a week at Birdland for Jones’ 91st birthday. A the time of Jones’ death in 2010, there were plans for a forthcoming album with that group, as well as extended tour through Europe and the US.
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