Had fantastic time playing the Hyde Park Jazz Festival in Chicago with my quartet-mates John Wojciechowski, Ethan Philion and Neil Hemphill. The community vibe at this fest, the world-class roster of artists and large enthusiastic crowds that come out to support the music are truly special and inspiring.

As a long-time user of Finale music notation software, I was very happy to be invited by MakeMusic to contribute to the Finale Blog. In this interview, we discuss how I got started in music, the important role Finale played in creation of my most recent album Originations, my writing workflow, Finale tips and more. You can read the article HERE.

Had an extraordinary two weeks conducting, teaching, performing and hanging in beautiful Guimarães, PORTUGAL as artist-in-residence with my quintet (w/ Tito Carrillo, Scott Burns, Lorin Cohen & George Fludas) as part of the the Guimarães Jazz Festival. My heart is lit up from all the lovely folks we met, the dedicated students we worked with, the sites we experienced and the new friends we made. It started with a week preparing the ESMAE Conservatory Big Band for 70-minute performance of my original music and culminated in a featured concert with my quintet playing to an appreciative crowd. It was a experience I won’t forget! MUITO OBRIGADO Guimarães Jazz Festival Artistic Director Ivo Martins for having us and to all the wonderful festival staff for their warm hospitality. Here’s a lovely review of my group’s performance.

Ryan Cohan Quintet (L-R: Tito Carrillo, Scott Burns, RC, Lorin Cohen & George Fludas)

I recently discovered video of my ten-piece jazz chamber ensemble performing my composition Heart right before we went into the studio to record my latest album Originations. It’s always a joy performing with these extraordinary musicians and good friends, and it was really nice playing this 9-ft Fazioli concert grand piano. Hope you enjoy!

album info and purchase links: http://www.originations.ryancohan.com

Read the full article and top ten of 2020 list HERE.