5 Questions with Emmet Cohen
Posted July 20, 2020
Emmet Cohen protesting alongside Jon Batiste of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
In five questions, we aim to discover more about Annenberg Center artists, Penn faculty and others whom we find interesting. This time, we feature Harlem-based piano phenom Emmet Cohen who made his Annenberg Center debut back in 2019. Cohen blew us away with his prodigious technique, innovative sound and exuberant charm. And now, you can enjoy this rising jazz star from the comfort of your home every Monday night for his Live from Emmet’s Place series. Read on to learn more about Emmet Cohen, and join us tonight at 7:30 PM as we share his Monday night concert on our Facebook page!
1. What first got you into music?
I first started piano lessons at three years old, and there was always a lot of music – not in my immediate family, not my parents – but on my dad’s side of the family. I think he always wanted to be a musician and it was something that he considered going into as a profession when he was a teenager in the 1960s. Out of high school, he had a recording contract with Brunswick, the same record label with the same management as Jackie Wilson. Jackie’s record came out the same time as his record and no one ever called him back again. Read more...
Penn honors composer Henry Threadgill with an Honorary Doctor of Music
Alexander Freeman · Posted May 13, 2020
Photo by Caitlin Ochs / The New York Times
Last year, Annenberg Center staff clocked in to work very early in the morning on Monday, May 20. The caterers wheeled in the continental breakfast at 4:30 AM. By 7 AM, Facilities had set up chairs and flags throughout the main lobby, and the Penn Bookstore arrived to begin setting up their regalia stations. Faculty members arrived around 8:30 to robe and mingle over bagels and coffee, and by 9 AM, President Gutmann made brief remarks to the 390 people that had gathered. By 9:30, everyone exited the Annenberg Center in an orderly fashion, and the 263rd Commencement Procession began, complete with marching bands blaring down Locust Walk. It was one of the most important celebrations of the academic year.
This year, the 264th Commencement will be held Monday, May 18th at 11 AM. Like every year since 2003, the event will be live-streamed; however, due to the unprecedented circumstances of COVID-19, this year’s celebration will take place exclusively on-line. Read more...
ListenUp: Jazz Playlist
Posted April 29, 2020
This week’s ListenUp playlist features artists from our jam-packed 19/20 jazz season. We kicked things off in October with the electrifying pianist Hiromi
in a rare solo performance. In November, we welcomed drummer Ralph Peterson
, who brought with him a group of elite alumni from the Jazz Messenger bands, in a show celebrating the 100th anniversary of Art Blakey’s birth. The following week, we were delighted to present the Philadelphia debut of vibraphonist Joel Ross
. Two of today’s top jazz vocalists, Dianne Reeves
and Alicia Olatuja
graced our stages in December and February, and the sizzling hot salsa and Latin band Spanish Harlem Orchestra
returned to the Annenberg Center on a cold night in January. Earlier this month, SFJAZZ Collective
was slated to celebrate the 50th anniversary of two essential albums: Sly and Family Stone’s Stand!
and Miles Davis’ In a Silent Way
. Although we missed them this time, we can’t wait to have SFJAZZ Collective back next April.
Emmet Cohen continues to amaze us
Posted April 21, 2020
, a recent guest at the Annenberg for his Center debut, has already become one of our favorites. After selling out our Harold Prince Theatre last spring with his trio, Emmet continues to amaze us with his innovative approach to making and sharing his music. You can experience the trio’s terrific music making at Emmet’s apartment in Harlem every Monday evening via “Live at Emmet’s Place
.” We’ll post these weekly events on our calendar
, so be sure to check back regularly to see the latest from this dynamic and charismatic performer.