Joe Cohen has been an active member of the San Francisco Bay Area music
scene for the past 8 years.
Raised in Jacksonville, Florida, Joe is a graduate of the University of Miami
Studio Music & Jazz program. He performs locally and abroad, works as a studio
musician and teaches privately. In addition to playing the alto, tenor, and baritone
saxophones, Joe plays piano, flute, clarinet, and electronics. He has had the
pleasure of sharing the stage with such notable performers as Bobby McFerrin, Dr.
Lonnie Smith, Idris Muhammed, Lyrics Born, KRS-One, Michael Franti, Thomas
Dolby, Peter Rowan, Booker T Jones, JBoogie, Benevento Russo Duo, Galactic,
Digital Underground, Abstract Rude, Soulive, Spencer Day, Eric Lindell, and
Russell Batiste among others.
Joe does frequent studio session work and has appeared on recordings with
Zion-I, Grippo "Circuits", Spencer Day, Will Bernard's Motherbug, The Disco
Biscuits, VU, and Dj Zeph. Touring highlights include multiple domestic tours with
Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus and a successful tour with blues artist E.C.
Joe is a founding member of the Bay Area's Jazz Mafia, which includes The
Realstic Orchestra, The Shotgun Wedding Quintet, Brass Mafia, and The Shotgun
Wedding Hip-Hop Symphony. The Realistic Orchestra was nominated for Best Jazz
Group in the Sf Weekly's Best of the Bay in 2003 and won the award for Best Jazz
Group in 2004. Joe also plays an important part in other Bay Area Bands such as
Brass Monkey, Boostamonte, Will Bernard's Motherbug, Phil Lorenz's Soultet, Will
Blades, and The Mitch Marcus Big Band.