Anat Cohen Explains Why Jazz Clarinet Doesn't Get the Respect It Deserves

“‘What a lot of people associate it with is squeaking,’ she said with a laugh. ‘We still have to overcome the notion that clarinet squeaks.

‘People need to remember what a beautiful instrument it is, including in popular music,’ she added.

Back in the 1930s and 40s, clarinetists such as the “King of Swing” Benny Goodman made the instrument the star of dance bands until swing music fell from favor after World War II.

‘People stopped hearing it on the radio and in popular music,’ Cohen said.

Anat Cohen, who appears tonight at St. Cecilia Music Center, is proud to be a clarinetist just the same.”

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