History of Jeremy's Performing Career

 

 

Jeremy began playing music at age eleven. He began with clarinet lessons from Tony DiNobile and added saxophone at age thirteen.

At Samuel Slater Jr. High School in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, he played in the school band. In both the eighth and ninth grades he was selected to be in the Rhode Island All-State Jr. High School Band. In the ninth grade he was also one of the winners of a music contest sponsored by a local music store.

At Pawtucket West High School, he played in the school band and jazz band. He was chosen to be in the Rhode Island All-State High School Band and was sent to music camp at the University of Rhode Island.

Jam sessions with his brother, Stephen Cohen, and friends over the years led to his first band. Most of these friends also later became professional musicians. The friends included Mike Kaminsky, Chet Swiatkowski, Louis Xifaris, Jake Kahn and others.

The Diamonds, featuring Jeremy on sax and vocals, Ernie Racine and Ronnie DiPaola on guitars, and Richard Petisce on drums performed constantly during high school. They played rock songs at high school dances and they played standards at VFW halls throughout Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts.

College took Jeremy to Ann Arbor, Michigan and the University of Michigan. It is there where he bought his first bass guitar from the Ann Arbor Music Mart.

He began playing bass professionally in Ann Arbor and played with a variety of groups in the folk-rock field. Most notable of those was the Bob Franke Group. He also continued his sax playing and played with Steve Mackay's Carnal Kitchen. This band opened for the MC5 at the Grande Ballroom and at this show, he sat in with the MC5.

In 1969, he moved to Berkeley, California and began his career as a San Francisco Bay Area musician.

He also resumed his college career at The University of California, Berkeley and received a BA in music there. He counts John Swackhamer as his most inspirational teacher. Other professors with whom he studied include Andrew Imbrie, Joaquin Nin-Culmell, organist Lawrence Moe and conductor Michael Senturia.  His jazz skills were honed in the University Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Dr. David Tucker.

During his college years, he also spent time in the Center for Electronic Music at Mills College in Oakland.

The list of groups that he played with is very long, but the most notable of these was The Stephanie Teel Band, with which he played for eight years. During five of those years the band was the house band at The Eggplant in Burlingame, California where they played five nights a week.

Currently, Jeremy can be found playing with various groups throughout the Bay Area. The City Lights Band, Adama, The Bob Parlocha Octet, Jules Broussard,
The City Lights Jazz Trio, Dave's Swingtime Band and The Darryl Berk Trio ar
e some of these.