David Bennet Cohen
David Bennett Cohen has been a professional musician for more than 30 years. Best known for his innovative keyboard playing as an original member of the '60's rock band, Country Joe and the Fish, he is an equally accomplished guitar player who has been involved in numerous music scenes throughout his varied career.
David began his musical education at the age of seven, studying classical piano for seven years. While studying the piano, he began to teach himself the guitar, beginning at the age of nine. When he was 14, he heard boogie-woogie piano for the first time and was hooked. Since then, he has explored many different styles of Blues and popular music. He was fortunate enough to have heard Otis Spann, Professor Longhair, Meade Lux Lewis and other masters of the genre perform live.
"What separates Cohen from a lot of other players is his unassuming ease behind the keys, and the ability to take that admiration past rote emulation, invoking the spirits of boogie-woogie, stride and blues piano greats without ever forcing things or just replicating other folks' licks."
Mark Fox, tenor & soprano saxophone and kamal/donso ngoni (Malian harp) player, bandleader, composer/songwriter, recording artist, and producer has participated for over 25 years professionally in the international music and entertainment industry. Blessed at an early age, many legends of music came into his life such as maestros Archie Shepp, Yusef Lateef, Marion Brown, George Garzone, George Clinton and a host of others. These masters became profound teachers, mentors, friends and colleagues, bringing Fox into the deepest levels of the music world. During Fox's decade and a half in New York City, he had the honor to perform with such greats as Warren Smith, The Boys Harbor Big Band, George Clinton and the P-Funk All Stars, Archie Shepp, The Violent Femmes, Eugene Chadborne, and a numerous of other groups and high level artists. Mark's career in music tapered while living in Paris, France, though continuing to play with less frequency, he was blessed to perform with greats such as Steve McCraven, Hervé Samb, Rassul Siddik and others.
jazz guitar performer and educator Dr. Larry Newcomb plays classic & original jazz and blues. Larry’s June 5, 2017 release, LIVING TRIBUTE, is receiving abundant national airplay and enthusiastic reviews.
His 2015 album LIVE INTENTIONALLY! earned a four-star review in DOWNBEAT and was voted One of the Best New Albums of 2015.
Newcomb enthusiastically teaches and encourages guitar students of all ages, experience levels, and stylistic preferences via the Newcomb Guitar Method and at the Orange Country School of Dance & Music in Monroe, N. Y. The guitarist also presents an array of jazz education Concert / Lectures including the very popular What Makes it Jazz!, at libraries, universities, colleges and schools in New York, New Jersey and Florida.