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Emmet Cohen Trio
featuring Lucy Yeghiazaryan

7:30 pm Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Emmet Cohen Trio

The Emmet Cohen Trio will channel the straight-ahead jazz aesthetic of the popular web series Live at Emmet’s Place, live on the Eisenhower Auditorium stage. The trio will be include Cohen (piano), Philip Norris (bass), and Joe Farnsworth (drums), and featuring New York City-based jazz Lucy Yeghiazaryan on vocals.

The thirtysomething American pianist and composer made his Penn State debut in 2018 with his trio accompanying singer Veronica Swift. He returned with his band the next year to share the Eisenhower stage with saxophonist Houston Person.

But when the pandemic hit with full force in 2020 and shuttered New York’s all-night jazz clubs and canceled his touring performances, Cohen had to rebrand.

Cue the Monday night digital series Live at Emmet’s Place, a club-style performance straight from the musician’s living room highlighting a rotating lineup of musical artists. Since its debut, the weekly Facebook livestream has become one the most viewed live online jazz programs in the world. Past musical guests to Cohen’s Harlem walkup include Christian McBride, Cyrille Aimee, Joe Lovano, Samara Joy, The Four Freshmen, Pacquito D’Rivera, and Yeghiazaryan.

Lucy Yeghiazaryan

Growing up in post-Soviet Union Armenia, Yeghiazaryan spent any chance she could—when the electricity was working—listening to her father’s once-contraband collection of jazz records. She developed her “full-bodied” voice and appreciation for the aesthetics of a bygone era by mimicking the sounds and styles of Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan.

She also has performed with her sisters singing jazz-infused readings of classical Armenian songs.

She released her third album, Lonely House, in 2022.


American Sign Language interpretation will be provided for this performance. Contact the Arts Ticket Center via email at artstix@psu.edu or by calling 814-863‑0255 to discuss ASL seating preferences.

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Adult $34
University Park Student $5
18 and Younger $20

support provided by
Glenn and Nancy Gamble Endowment
Robert and Sonia Hufnagel Endowment
John L. Brown Jr. and Marlynn Steele Sidehamer Endowment

support for accessibility services provided by
William E. McTurk Endowment for Program Support
Gerald B. M. Stein Memorial Endowment

A grant from the Penn State Student Fee Board makes Penn State student prices possible.

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Jam Session

7:00 pm Monday, September 18, 2023

Recital Hall

FREE but requires registration

This event is FREE, but you must register in advance to attend. Complete the registration form.

Multifaceted American jazz pianist and composer Emmet Cohen is committed to the intergenerational transfer of artistic knowledge, history, and tradition. He has performed at jazz festivals around the country and the world, with high-profile jazz artists.

Central Pennsylvania musicians are invited to jam with this Harlem jazz giant during the two-hour session.

Cohen has shared an artistic space with a variety of musicians, including bassist Christian McBride, saxophonist Joe Lovano, drummer “Tootie” Heath, and you?