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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Arts & Culture
10:54 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Jazz Journeys - Episode 2

Vocalist Gregory Porter

On this week's episode, I'll discuss my breakout jazz star for 2013.

Also, we touch on some notable December birthdays, remember the last recordings of Bennie Moten's band  and also celebrate the centennial birthday for a legendary composer and lyricist.

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Entertainment
11:33 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Jazz Journeys - Episode 1

Trumpeter Hugh Masekela

This week on the debut episode of Jazz Journeys, I will discuss the newest release from saxophonist Houston Person as well as vocalist Rene Marie's tribute to the late Eartha Kitt.

Also...we remember former South African President Nelson Mandela with some music from his countryman Hugh Masekela.

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Arts & Culture
11:05 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Take Ten With Dianne Reeves

I had the pleasure of chatting recently with 4 time Grammy Award-winning vocalist Dianne Reeves and we concluded our interview with 10 questions that allow people to learn some new things about this incredible artist.  This edition of Take Ten began when I asked Dianne about the very first record she remembered listening to.  Enjoy!

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New Music
12:19 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Metheny Mixes Music and Computers on Latest Release

Based on a childhood fascination with his grandfather’s player piano, 20-time Grammy Award winner Pat Metheny took his musical exploration to a new territory and built The Orchestrion, a mechanically controlled mini-orchestra capable of responding to his touch on the guitar. This innovative project brought about a completely unique approach to solo performance. The collaboration between this master guitarist and his wildest imagination has resulted in a fascinating and absolutely one of a kind musical experience.

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