I have developed a robust set of pedagogical capabilities, all rooted in my professional experiences. Whether presenting a lecture on jazz improvisation at The University of Alaska, coaching an ensemble at the Aaron Copland School of Music, or, as a Teaching Artist in the Democratic Republic of Congo, using “body percussion” to impart the subtleties of jazz rhythm, the hallmark of my work has always been the same: one-on-one mentorship. This has prepared me to provide impactful instruction on my primary instruments, acoustic and electric bass, and to present engaging lectures on jazz theory, improvisation, repertoire, ear training and composition for all instrumentalists.
My teaching is applicable to any instrument (for bassists of course, in depth technical work will be more extensive). For all players, these are a few of the core areas I cover: “Pocket”, Note Choice and Creating lines, Sound, Ear Training, Phrasing, and Feel. It helps to develop all of these things by learning repertoire, and by having a specific goals in mind.
Lorin Cohen’s work as a bassist and composer has resonated with audiences throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the Caribbean.
Originally from Chicago, Cohen has shared his talents with numerous jazz luminaries. Notably, he toured widely with jazz legend Monty Alexander from 2005-2013. His playing is prominently featured on Alexander’s recordings The Good Life: Monty Alexander Plays the Songs of Tony Bennett and Calypso Blues: The Songs of Nat King Cole.
In 2015, Cohen released the album HOME on Origin Records, reflecting the light of Cohen’s childhood home, family, his and his love for the sounds of the Greater Antilles.
This critically acclaimed album of all original compositions showcases a unique front line of vibraphone, steel pan and harmonica. It features a stellar international group of players: legendary NYC vibraphonist Joe Locke, the virtuoso steel pannist from the Virgin islands, Victor Provost, French harmonica player Yvonnick Prene, Chicago pianist Ryan Cohan, veteran NYC drummer Donald Edwards and Colombian percussionist Samuel Torres.
Cohen’s musical experiences are not limited to the world of Jazz. Equally adept on the bass guitar, he has been a substitute bassist for the Chicago run of the Tony award winning musical Jersey Boys from 2008-10 and for the Broadway production of Motown: The Musical. His thumping bass guitar grooves, original songs and production drive the R&B/Jazz/Hip-hop band Vertikal.