New jazz songwriting from Michigan
Estar Cohen is an award-winning vocalist, lyricist, composer, and educator based in Ypsilanti. She has performed alongside renowned musicians including Jon Hendricks, Peter Eldridge, Tad Weed, Fabian Almazan, Pete Siers, David Bixler, Vinny Golia, and Ken Filiano, among others. In 2018, she received the ASCAP Foundation’s Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composers Award for her piece “Endings," and made her debut at the prestigious Newport Jazz Festival. She was also featured as an up-and-coming artist on the Vocal Mani series in New York City, opening for legendary Jazz vocalist Sheila Jordan. Estar and her ensemble are dedicated to performing original music that reflects her explorations in poetry and composition, and her deep curiosity for the stories that define us. Estar has released two albums (“Waiting For Dawn,” 2014, “Live at Willis Sound,"2017) and has performed at festivals, recital halls, concert houses, & clubs throughout the Midwest and along the East Coast.
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