Eric Cohen

Music Director

I have had the pleasure of being a part of WAER going back to my days as a student at Syracuse in the early 1990s.  I began working in the sports department eventually getting a chance to call SU basketball and football games. other passion of music came into play when I became the Music Director shortly after graduating in May of 1993. I have been privileged to host the afternoon jazz program from 12-4 since the summer of 1993 interviewing some of the biggest names in jazz along the way.  Getting a chance to meet many of my listeners along the way has been a true joy.

My musical tastes (besides jazz) cover many genres from indie rock, to some old school Sam Cooke, to admittedly being a huge 80s music fan.  I'm also a sports ennthusiast ranking the New York Mets and the St. Louis Rams as the teams I rout for the hardest. Weather wise...I'm definitely a warm weather person and the summer season here in Central New York can be downright beautiful. Visiting some of the great cities in Europe and one day writing a screenplay are two things that are definitely on my bucket list. 

Ways to Connect

On this edition of Jazz Journeys, we look back at the remarkable career of former Blue Note Records President Bruce Lundvall who passed away on May 19th at the age of 79. Under his leadership, the Blue Note label was reborn and just celebrated its 75th anniversary last year.  He was one of the most beloved figures in the jazz industry and was instrumental in launching the careers of Norah Jones, Kurt Elling and so many others.

Her voice has been a part of the world's most famous vocal jazz quartet for over four decades. She has also branched out into a very successful solo career as well.  Learn some things you never knew before about Janis Siegel on this latest installment of Jazz Journeys.

He's played with everyone from Sonny Rollins and James Brown to Dinah Washington and Jimmy Smith. Even at 83, he is still very much involved in the world of jazz as an educator.  The man I am speaking of is Kenny Burrell and in this edition of Jazz Journeys, you'll get a chance to hear me speak with the legendary guitarist.

In this latest edition of Jazz are sure to enjoy my interview with the legendary Cuban-born saxophonist and clarinetist...Paquito D'Rivera. He stopped by the WAER studios just hours before he led a performance of a specially commissioned piece'll have to listen to find out.

In this edition of Jazz Journeys, you'll hear my interview with legendary pianist and composer Ramsey Lewis who will be celebrating his 80th birthday in 2015.  He discusses everything from his album of all original material to exuding class on stage.

On this edition of Jazz Journeys, you'll hear excerpts from a recent interview I had the pleasure of doing with the premier organist in the world, Mr. Joey DeFrancesco.

There are so many memorable melodies that encompass the holiday music catalog.  In this edition of Jazz Journeys, we take a closer look at the origins of The Christmas Song and the artist who made it famous.

This edition of Jazz Journeys takes a look at the recent documentary Keep On Keepin' On, which chronicles the unlikely but ultimately inspirational relationship between 23 year old blind piano prodigy Justin Kauflin and his mentor and friend...legendary jazz trumpeter Clark Terry.

There are a number of jazz organists around today who are carrying on the rich history of the Hammond B-3 that was established by the likes of Jimmy Smith, Groove Holmes and others.  One of the most versatile of the bunch is Larry Goldings.  In this edition of Jazz Journeys, you'll get to hear Larry talk about the instrument in his own words.

There have been a number of fantastic father-son tandems throughout the history of this great American art form.  On this edition of Jazz Journeys we take a look at three of the most well known family trees in the history of jazz.