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Ethan Cohn is a bass player, composer, improvisor, and an avid explorer of the unknown. Known for his versatility across genres and his love of musical cross-pollination, Ethan has performed with groups from all over the musical map. He has carved a distinct voice for himself through his clear sound, strong groove, and consistently melodic approach to playing the bass. 

Born and raised in New York City, Ethan began playing classical cello at the age of five. As a teenager, he became fascinated with the jazz, rock, and blues of the ‘60s and ‘70s, which inspired him to switch to the electric bass. Ethan soon found himself playing acoustic bass as well, studying at Juilliard’s Precollege program with world-renowned bassist Eugene Levinson. In tandem with his educational opportunities, Ethan’s exposure to New York’s vibrant musical offerings and his frequent exploratory jams with friends drew him increasingly towards a life as a performer and composer of music. At the age of 18, Ethan won the opportunity to write a piece for the New York Philharmonic, which was performed as a part of their Very Young Composer’s program. 

Ethan currently lives in a small apartment in NYC’s East Village, and can be seen playing bass around the city with various groups.

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