1975, Tel Aviv, Israel. Cohen was born into a musical family, her two brothers both playing instruments: alto and soprano saxophonist Yuval Cohen and trumpeter Avishai Cohen. She began playing clarinet as a child, studying at the Jaffa Music Centre where she also took up the saxophone. She also performed locally before entering military service where she played as a member of the Israeli Air Force Big Band. In 1996 Cohen studied at the Berklee College Of Music, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Professional Music. During this time, she also recorded with her brothers on one track on the 1997 release Summa Cum Jazz: The Best Of Berklee College Of Music.
In the late 90s, resident now in New York City, Cohen played in various bands in clubs and concert halls, also touring internationally. She became a member of the all-female big band, DIVA and the spin-off quintet, Five Play, in both of which she is a featured soloist. Although her...