Greg Cohen

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Greg Cohen
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Masada in concert: Joey Baron (drums), Greg Cohen (bass), Dave Douglas (trumpet), John Zorn (saxophone)
Background information
Born (1953-07-13) July 13, 1953 (age 65)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
GenresJazz, jazz fusion
InstrumentsBass guitar, double bass
Associated actsJohn Zorn, Masada, Ornette Coleman, Tom Waits, Woody Allen, Dave Douglas, Loudon Wainwright III, Elvis Costello

Greg Cohen (born July 13, 1953) is an American jazz bassist. Best known for his work with John Zorn's Masada quartet; more recently he has been touring with Ornette Coleman[citation needed], and performed on Coleman's much-praised Sound Grammar album. Cohen has also often played traditional jazz, including work with Ken Peplowski, Kenny Davern, Marty Grosz and the filmmaker/clarinettist Woody Allen. He has worked with many musicians, including Tom Waits, David Byrne, and Elvis Costello.

Cohen's bass playing credits include work with artists such as Dagmar Krause, David Sanborn, Susana Baca, Gal Costa, Marisa Monte, Laurie Anderson, Willie Nelson, Bill Frisell, Norah Jones, Dave Douglas, Tricky, Jesse Harris, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts, Joey Baron, Donovan, Crystal Gayle, Bob Dylan, Nina Nastasia, Alan Watts, Lee Konitz, Richie Havens, Dino Saluzzi, Lou Reed, Marianne Faithfull, Odetta, Vesna Pisarović, Danny Barker, Tim Sparks, and Antony and the Johnsons.

In August/September 2006 he was musical director of the Century of Song series at the German arts festival, RuhrTriennale. He invited songwriters and performers such as David Byrne, Holly Cole and Laurie Anderson.

He has been a regular member of Woody Allen and his New Orleans Jazz Band, which used to play every Monday evening at Manhattan's Carlyle Hotel. He appears in the documentary film Wild Man Blues (directed by Barbara Kopple), which documents a 1996 European tour by Allen and his band. Cohen appears in Robert Altman's 1993 film Short Cuts.[1]

Cohen is a bass professor and the head of string department at the Jazz Institute Berlin.[2] and honorary professor in contemporary rhythmic music at SDMK - Danish National Academy of Music [3]. He has been a resident of Summit, New Jersey.[4]


As leader[edit]

  • Way Low (DIW, 1998)
  • Moment to Moment (DIW, 1998)
  • Golden State (Relative Pitch, 2014)[5]

As sideman[edit]

With Laurie Anderson

With Fiona Apple

With Cyro Baptista

With Steve Beresford

With David Byrne

With Anthony Coleman

With Kenny Davern and Ken Peplowski

With Dave Douglas

With Marianne Faithfull

With Mark Feldman

With Joe Jackson

With Madeleine Peyroux

With Marc Ribot

With Jamie Saft

With Julian Siegel

  • Live at the Vortex (Basho Records, 2008)

With Tim Sparks

With Loudon Wainwright III

With Tom Waits

With John Zorn

As arranger[edit]

With James Carter