Renowned West Coast Jazz Drummer

Jazz Drummer Myron Cohen lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, Ca. where he's played with such luminaries as Michael Bloomfield, John Lee Hooker, B.B. King, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Otis Spann, Ron Stallings, Azar Lawrence, Ravi Coltrane, Donald 'Rafael' Garrett, Woody Shaw, and Wayne Shorter - to name a few. Whether in sessions, live performances, recordings, or just informal jams, these musical experiences have given Cohen a huge vocabulary to share on the bandstand.

Private Lessons are available. Brushes for hire: myroncohen@sbcglobal.net

At The Cinema Grill in Alameda...WEDNESDAY nights...

Located at 2301 Central Avenue @Oak Street in Alameda 







THIS IS WHAT A TYPICAL WEDNESDAY NIGHT JAM CAN LOOK LIKE: INTIMATE, BEAUTIFUL GROOVES WITH THE LIKES OF ONE OF THE BEST JAZZ GUITARISTS: CALVIN KEYS. The Bay Area virtuoso guitarist is well known for his performances and recordings with greats such as Ray Charles, Ahmad Jamal, John Handy, Bobby Hutcherson, Eddie Marshall, Sonny Stitt, Pharoah Sanders, Joe Henderson and Leon Williams.

New at  The Cinema Grill ...                                  

Brews And Blues Pro Jam!!

Located at 2301 Central Avenue @Oak Street in Alameda 

We will kick off this weekly jam session on Wednesday evening August 3rd, 2016 

This first jam will feature Ari Caprow on Guitar and Danny Castro on Bass, with TWO Drummers: Myron Cohen and Jeff Pera from Alameda Brewing Company

All shows from 6pm - 9:30pm

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Every Thursday: Vocalist & Guitarist Todd Tholke

Todd performs in the traditional R and B style of Ray Charles and Stevie Ray Vaughn

All shows from 6pm - 9:30pm

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Every Friday: The Billy Higgins Legacy Band featuring Myron Cohen Each Friday will feature different musicians performing with Myron.

Friday August 5 will feature Ari Caprow on Guitar and Joe McKinnley on Bass

All shows from 6pm - 9:30pm

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Every Saturday in August:  Pianist extraordinaire...... Bliss Rodriguez

 

Bliss is a Bay Area jazz gem having played for eons all over...Bliss has & does accompany some of the best jazz vocalists...

Bliss will do solo Piano for the entire month of August every Saturday.

All shows from 6pm - 9:30pm

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Friday August 12: The Ari Caprow Trio

Ari Caprow, Guitar; Mike Arnold on Bass; and Jeff Peralta on Drums

Ari Caprow was born and raised in Buffalo, New York, a city with a rich history of soulful jazz. He makes no secret of the master guitarists who have informed his style: Wes Montgomery, Kenny Burrell, and Grant Green. And in the spirit of his mentors, Ari strives above all to make the music sing, "work the groove," and color it deep blue.

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Friday August 19: The Ari Caprow Trio

Featuring Ari Caprow trio with special guests.

All shows from 6pm - 9:30pm

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Friday August 26th: Billy Higgins Legacy Band  featuring Ari Caprow on guitar.

All shows from 6pm - 9:30pm

 


Since early 2015, The Billy Higgins Legacy Band has presented live jazz at the Cinema Grill in Alameda, California. Led by Myron Cohen, the band features local great improvisers such as pianists Bliss Rodriguez, Lee Bloom, Grant Levin, David Udolf—and on occasion Eddie Mendenhall. These great musicians create on-the-spot jazz explorations that are always fresh and entertaining. Renowned touring jazz performers including, Craig Handy, Azar Lawrence, Mike Clark and Diane Witherspoon drop by now and again and raise the roof.

Our mission continues: presenting local greats and emerging talent every Thursday through Saturday from 6:00pm to 9:30pm at the Cinema Grill, 2301 Central Avenue at Oak Street in Alameda.

Upcoming Featured Musicians
June 17: Ari Caprow, Owen Story, Myron Cohen
June 18: Ari Caprow, Owen Story, Myron Cohen
June 24: Lee Bloom
June 25: Bliss Rodriguez
July 1: Bliss Rodriguez
July 2: Bliss Rodriguez



June 19, 11am to 3pm: Steve Leeds Quartet with special guests Craig Handy and Myron Cohen at the Terrace Room, 1800 Madison Street, Oakland
International Jazz Vocalist, Diane Witherspoon is seen here backed by Myron Cohen on drums at a performance at Berkeley's Jazz School in February 2014  'Child's Play'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Zuvml0UWTU

With Diane Witherspoon on, 'Maestro': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdxpN5WTKDo

..and 'Sway': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ft5q1-eX5tw

With Pianist Lynne Arriale and bassist Charnett Moffett, 'Twin Towers':
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBV1msdFFR8

With pianist David Udoff: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9jD_cIySmM
SATURDAY JULY 5, 2014    
MUSICALLY MINDED ACADEMY   5776 BROADWAY   OAKLAND, CA. 94618
IMPROVISATIONAL JAZZ CONCERT
ONE LONG SET (90 minutes)
LEE BLOOM on PIANO
GARY BROWN on BASS
MOTEMA ARTIST & VOCALIST, ROBERTA DONNAY Guest Vocalist (first part of set)
SPECIAL FEATURED VOCALIST, KENNY WASHINGTON (towards end of set)

SOLD OUT!!!


About The Billy Higgins Legacy Band: The BHLB was conceived by Cohen in response to his own experience of musical mentoring by master drummers Louie Bellson, Elvin Jones, Buddy Rich, John Rae, Dave Black, Sonny Freeman, Buddy Miles, Subash Chandran, Ed Thigpen, Billy Hart, George Brown, and most notably the late, great, Billy Higgins.


In addition to playing music, Cohen also has a disarming talent as a raconteur and collector of jazz stories from his friendships in the jazz community. In the last few years of his life, drummer Billy Higgins gave a great deal to Cohen including some fascinating stories of his life and music.
Billy understood Cohen's commitment to mentoring young musicians–especially drummers–and arranged for Cohen to work with specific          West Coast jazz musicians that would appreciate Cohen’s musicality.

It is in the spirit of Billy's musical mentoring  that The Billy Higgins Legacy Band (BHLB) was formed, and it continues to evolve with Cohen as the leader. 

Here's the most recent clip of Myron working with Pianist & Composer, Lee Bloom: http://youtu.be/uv97mlK9NI8



Pianist & Composer Lee Bloom at the piano with Myron…they are holding a pair of drum sticks given to Myron by the late, great Billy Higgins.

Concerts coming up with this duo and guest Bass Players are listed to the right side of this blog…


Myron in a rehearsal (above), wearing the dashiki given to him by Billy Higgins.
performing at The Jazz School (below)



Myron playing with vocalist, Diane Witherspoon at The Jazz School in Berkeley
February 8, 2014