Greg Cohen is a Jewish American jazz bassist. He is perhaps best known for his work with John Zorn's Masada quartet; more recently he has been touring with Ornette Coleman, and performed on Coleman's much-praised Sound Grammar album. He has also often played traditional jazz, including work with Ken Peplowski, Kenny Davern and the filmmaker/clarinettist Woody Allen. He has worked with many musicians, including Tom Waits, David Byrne, and Elvis Costello.

His bass playing credits include work with artists such as Dagmar Krause, David Sanborn, Susana Baca, Gal Costa, Marisa Monte, Laurie Anderson, Willie Nelson, Bill Frisell, Norah Jones, Dave Douglas, Tricky, Jesse Harris, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts, Joey Baron, Donovan, Crystal Gayle, Bob Dylan, Alan Watts, Lee Konitz, Richie Havens, Dino Saluzzi, Lou Reed, Marianne Faithfull, Odetta, Danny Barker, and Antony and the Johnsons.

In August/September 2006 he was musical director of the Century of Song series at the German arts festival RuhrTriennale. He invited songwriters and performers such as David Byrne, Holly Cole and Laurie Anderson.

Greg Cohen is a regular member of Woody Allen and his New Orleans Jazz Band, which plays every Monday evening at Manhattan's Carlyle Hotel. He appears in the documentary film Wild Man Blues (directed by Barbara Kopple), which documents a 1996 European tour by Allen and his band. Cohen appears on the group's CD The Bunk Project (1993) and the soundtrack of Wild Man Blues (1997).

Cohen is a resident of Manhattan, New York.[1]

Select discography

With Masada

  • Masada: Alef (1994; DIW)
  • Masada: Beit (1994; DIW)
  • Masada: Gimel (1994; DIW)
  • Masada: Dalet (1994; DIW)
  • Bar Kokhba (1994–96; Tzadik)
  • Masada: Hei (1995; DIW)
  • Masada: Vav (1995; DIW)
  • Masada: Zayin (1996; DIW)
  • Masada: Het (1996; DIW)
  • Masada: Tet (1997; DIW)
  • Masada: Yod (1997; DIW)
  • First Live 1993 (2002; Tzadik)
  • Live in Jerusalem 1994 (1997; Tzadik)
  • Live in Taipei 1995 (1997; Tzadik)
  • The Circle Maker (1998; Tzadik)
  • Live in Middleheim 1999 (1999; Tzadik)
  • Live in Sevilla 2000 (2000; Tzadik)
  • Live at Tonic 2001 (2001; Tzadik)

With Kenny Davern and Ken Peplowski

  • The Jazz KENnection (Arbors Records)

With Dave Douglas

  • Charms of the Night Sky

appears on Tom Waits albums

  • Swordfishtrombones
  • Rain Dogs
  • Franks Wild Years
  • The Black Rider
  • Mule Variations
  • Orphans


  1. The State of Jazz: Meet 40 More Jersey Greats, The Star-Ledger, September 28, 2004
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