“We need to play music to be ourselves--to heal people,” says jazz pianist Emmet Cohen from his Harlem apartment during the COVID shutdown--and he means it.
Since March of 2020, the rising star Cohen, who is the current American Pianists Association’s (APA) Cole Porter Fellow in Jazz, has been holding forth every Monday night with his Live From Emmet’s Place webcast featuring his long-time bandmates Russell Hall (bass) and Kyle Poole (drums). What started as a one-off livestream from that very apartment in Harlem has now become a weekly phenomenon with a roster of A-list guest artists and a global audience numbering in the thousands. Cohen is no stranger to Indiana thanks to his connection to the APA and his April 2019 performance at Convocations in support of vocalist Veronica Swift. Now with his new Mack Avenue Records release, Future Stride, hitting the airwaves, Convos has teamed up with Cohen to support his work and bring it to Convos audiences live every week.
Purdue Convocations, with the support of the Piano Giving Circle and Robert & Patricia Peyton Truitt have provided support for the Live From Emmet’s Place webcast, the guest artists, and the entire team it takes to produce the weekly show for the months of February, March, and April, 2021.
Admission FREE/no tickets required (but tipping the working artists via the virtual tip-jar will undoubtedly warm your heart)