A native New Yorker who began studying piano at the age of four, Bob Cohen has been breaking new pianistic ground before many of the young lions of jazz were born. First influenced by Art Tatum and Teddy Wilson, both firmly rooted in the swing era, he later fell under the spell of bebop and studied with the legendary Lennie Tristano. So advanced and ahead of his time for his age of 16, none other than Charlie Parker hired Cohen to sub for pianist Al Haig. Since moving to Philadelphia in the '60s, he pursued a dual career as jazz pianist and nuclear energy/aerospace engineer. In this region, he is fondly remembered for his Cherry Sound recording studio — where many Philadelphia greats recorded under Cohen’s supervision — and as “house pianist” at one of the famed jazz clubs, The Borgia Café’, where he performed for 12 years. Performing with Bob Cohen on this special Jazz Bridge concert — a tribute to the influential pianist and composer Bill Evans - are bassist Steve Beskrone and drummer Jim Miller.
Jazz Bridge, a 501C3 nonprofit organization formed in 2004, is dedicated to assisting professional Greater Philadelphia Metro area jazz and blues musicians and vocalists in times of crisis by providing confidential and caring support in keeping with their personal dignity. Through donations, grants, and the presentation of more than 40 jazz events each year, Jazz Bridge assists those coping with emergencies involving health, legal, financial, personal and professional needs, while building an awareness of the local jazz community's rich heritage and tradition.