Baltimore-based Composer/Guitarist/Drummer/Educator David E. Cohen
is featured in a number of groups including No Signal, a modern classical and jazz ensemble, the Banana Channel which performs his progressive rock, jazz-fusion, and classic rock pieces, the No Land Band in which he is the lead guitarist and a contributing songwriter. Mr. Cohen has composed a number of jazz and classical works, including pieces for big band, four-guitar ensemble, chorus with electric guitar, solo double bass, full orchestra, chamber orchestra and soprano, brass quintet, solo percussion, amongst many others. His musical influences are diverse, including John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Jean-Luc Ponty, Return to Forever, Billy Cobham, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Tony Williams, Charlie Christian, Pat Martino, Kenny Burrell, Joe Pass, George Benson, Jimmy Smith, The Brecker Brothers, Larry Coryell, Bartok, Stravinsky, Debussy, Messaien, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Steve Reich, The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Yes, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Kansas, Rush, Soundgarden, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Mastodon, and others. As an educator, Dave offers a unique view in his teaching methods. Trained at the world-class Peabody Conservatory by Paul Bollenback, Tim Murphy, Chris Theofanidies, Kevin Puts, Nicholas Maw, Shafer Mahoney, Paul Mathews, and Libby Larsen, he has many timeless compositional and jazz ideas to share. His instruction style is a fully comprehendible, step-by-step approach which emphasizes the understanding of music theory through an incredibly thorough system of guitar fingerings and visualization methods. Dave has many years of teaching experience and shares them week after week with his 25-student studio. David will present basic classes for the entry-level jazz guitarist.