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.  However...my 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. 

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3:32 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Jazz Journeys - Episode 15

Guitarist Anthony Wilson and his father, the late bandleader Gerald Wilson.

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.

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Entertainment
12:51 am
Sat June 21, 2014

Jazz Journeys - Episode 14

The legendary Little Jimmy Scott

Vocalist Little Jimmy Scott was an NEA Jazz Master yet he never quite got the recognition he deserved in the jazz world despite having one of the most unique voices in American musical history.  Jimmy Scott passed away on June 12th at the age of 88 and on this edition of Jazz Journeys we look back at the life and legacy of an amazing singer.

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Entertainment
12:46 am
Sat May 10, 2014

Jazz Journeys - Episode 13

Bassist Mimi Jones

Just last month, bassist and composer Mimi Jones was the featured performer at the Community Folk Art Center in Syracuse as WAER in collaboration with National Grid and University College of Syracuse University presented An Evening Of Jazz And Wine to celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month. Earlier in the day, Mimi dropped by the WAER studios and among other things took part in the latest installment of Take Ten.  

  

 

                           

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Entertainment
5:45 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Jazz Journeys - Episode 12

It's slogan is "The Finest In Jazz Since 1939."  The historic Blue Note record label celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2014. Grant Green, Jimmy Smith, John Coltrane, Dexter Gordon...the list goes on and on. A label with a rich history and so much tradition that has provided jazz lovers some of the most memorable recordings ever made.  

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Entertainment
11:07 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Jazz Journeys - Episode 11

Bob Dorough

In Part 2 of my interview with the legendary pianist, composer and singer Bob Dorough, we touch on a variety of topics including Bob's feelings about the term "vocalese", his friendship with Miles Davis and a certain number that falls between 2 and 4.

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