Multifaceted American jazz pianist and composer Emmet Cohen is one of his generation's
pivotal figures in music and the related arts. Downbeat praised the "nimble touch, measured
stride and warm harmonic vocabulary" he employs to communicate with other musicians and audiences at what he terms "the deepest level of humanity and individuality."
Cohen has said jazz boils down to connections; between the musicians performing and the audience, as well. The sound of stride piano vividly evokes scenes from the past: the roaring nightclubs of 1920s Harlem, the gymnastic burlesques of risk-taking silent movie madcaps. But in the music of pianist/composer Emmet Cohen, the past is always present, if not venturing with sly turns into an open-eared future as we enter into a new iteration of the roaring 20s. Cohen and his trio live and play by this truth: “All music, and art for that matter, is modern. If you are creating in the moment, it is current, and lives and breathes alongside the creator.” Uptown in Orbit addresses this philosophy through repertoire as well as production.
Cohen's entrepreneurial energies led to his developing "Live From Emmet's Place," a live-streamed "Harlem rent party" that unites a worldwide audience via tens of millions of internet views featuring Cohen’s trio with guest stars.
Cohen has released over ten albums as leader and has performed or recorded with Ron Carter, Benny Golson, Jimmy Cobb, George Coleman, Jimmy Heath, Tootie Heath, Houston Person, Christian McBride and Kurt Elling.