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Singer returns to ‘warmest place

For Jill Cohn, this Sunday night’s scheduled concert at Black Diamond Studios is ideal: small, intimate, smoke-free.

“I love touring and I love being able to make music,” said the Seattle songwriter, musician and vocalist.

Cohn performs on keyboard and guitar and will be joined by her drummer Shane Trout.



Cohn writes her own material and recently released her fifth CD, “window to the wise,” which was independently produced in Seattle with her band over an intense 13-day period. Being independent is the way to go, said Cohn. “I go into debt to produce a CD, then tour to pay off the debt.” It’s the same with bigger artists, she said, “they just have bigger debts.”

Cohn hired a new engineer and producer for this project, and the expense was worth it. “I wanted the opportunity to just be in the studio and just be an artist and let someone else do the worrying,” she said.



The 11-song CD is pure artistry. Once again Cohn has proved herself as a strong storyteller capable of evoking pure emotion, and as a smooth vocalist with a mature and captivating voice.

Cohn said that after many years in the business she’s just hitting her stride. She’s not planning a new CD just yet, she said. She plans to tour through September, then step back and see where she’s headed.

While Cohn doesn’t consider herself a “big” artist, she is a powerful one and her name and voice are gaining national attention.

Her 2000 release, “the absence of moving,” continues to be a big seller, and the single, “Louisiana Lover,” was featured on NPR’s CD, “All Songs Considered.”

Cohn considers Glenwood Springs a favorite stop and Colorado her favorite state. Her latest CD includes “Colorado,” a tribute to the state about which she sings, “You are the warmest place in this great big cold world …”

She mostly tours in the West, but is working her way toward the East Coast and performed last October in Kansas.

“I’m really into playing in small towns,” she said. (On this 10-day tour she plays in Frisco, Leadville and Paonia, as well as in Grand Junction, Salida, Fort Collins and Colorado Springs.) “People tend to be more open-minded and into the arts.”

Cohn’s lyrics, and her performances, are appropriate for all ages. Call 947-0947 for concert details.

WHO

Jill Cohn, Seattle musician and vocalist, with drummer Shane Trout

WHAT

An intimate concert

WHEN

8 p.m. Sunday, April 7

WHERE

Black Diamond Studios, 823 Cooper Ave., Glenwood Springs

HOW MUCH

$6 at the door; refreshments will be served


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