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24 November 1925, New York City, New York, USA, d. 15 February 1988, Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA. As a teenager Cohn gained experience playing the tenor saxophone with Joe Marsala and Georgie Auld, for whom he also arranged. A forward-thinking musician, Cohn worked extensively in big bands during the mid-late 40s, most famously as a member of Woody Hermans Four Brothers band. He continued to perform, and write for, big bands, including those of Artie Shaw and Elliot Lawrence, with whom he was associated for a substantial part of the 50s. In 1957 Cohn teamed up with Zoot Sims, a partnership that lasted into the 80s. During this period he also worked as leader of small groups and as a touring soloist, releasing several excellent sets for Xanadu and Concord during a creative renaissance that lasted until his final recordings in 1987. Cohns writing continued throughout this time and he was responsible for scoring a number of stage musicals. A warm-toned...