Cohen and The Spirits

Cohen and The Spirits

 Dobbs Ferry, New York, USA
BandFolkAdult Contemporary

Cohen and The Spirits have performed with Richie Havens, Willie Nile, Phoebe Snow, The Roches, Richard Lewis and numerous other artists. Band members did world tours with Bo Diddley, Ronnie Spector, and the Blues Brothers. Jim Satten and Rusty Cloud have appeared on HBO's Legends of Rock N Roll.


Mark Cohen

Cohen and The Spirits
Cohen's first band was "The Ingredients of Love," a twelve-piece soul group in which he played funky rhythm guitar. Based in Brooklyn's famed Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, the band included four singers, one of whom, now Bishop Albert Jamison, is chairman of the Gospel Music Workshop of America.

Two-time Grammy winner Tyrone Williams was one of the Ingredients of Love, as was Michael Jones, now known as Kashif, who went on to produce Kenny G, Dionne Warwick, and Whitney Houston, among others. Formed by Robert Wedlaw, "The Ingredients of Love," a formative experience for each of its members, played colleges and New York clubs and theaters, including the Apollo, the Lloyd Price Turntable, and the Peppermint Lounge.

After travelling through Europe and living in Greece, Cohen returned to the states and became a denizen of the Greenwich Village music scene. Mark recorded two albums for Folkways Records. The Walrus, a trade publication, called Cohen "a valuable find," saying "his debut album, ‘Fare Well, Traveller,' whets the appetite for more."

Mark's albums received play across America and overseas.

Mark played in numerous concerts and radio broadcasts, appearing with Phil Ochs, Willie Nile, Steve Forbert, Pete Seeger, Tom Paxton, the Roches, Phoebe Snow, and Richard Lewis, among others, and was hailed as a "recent discovery" by Broadside Magazine.

"Moments of Grace," was co-produced with arranger and lead guitar player Jim Satten, and with a band that includes Rusty Cloud on keyboards, Connie Harvey, Leslie Hughes, Bil Kurz and Darryl Perreti doing backup vocals, Kevin Jenkins on bass, Tommy Price and Cliff Hackford on drums, and Dan Cipriano and Michael Blake on sax. Other musicians contributed tracks on the sessions.

Jim Satten (guitars) was Bo Diddley's music director and guitar player. He's played guitar behind Ron Woods of the Rolling Stones, Eddie Kendricks of the Temptations, Ben E. King, Chuck Berry, Wilson Pickett, Jerry Lee Lewis and other greats.

Rusty Cloud (keyboards) was keyboard player for Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, and backed up the Blue Brothers, Aretha Franklin, Bo Diddley, and numerous other artists.

Cliff Hackford (drums and other percussion) played behind Vicki Sue Robinson, Sam the Sham, The Shirelles and numerous reggae artists including Pablo Moses and Augustine Pablo.

Dan Cipriano (sax) was a regular sax player behind Wilson Pickett, and has played with the Allman Brothers, Michael Bolton, Southside Johnny, Phoebe Snow, Ben E. King, NRBQ, The Tokens, The Shirelles, The Chiffons, and The Coasters.

Connie Harvey (backup vocals) is one of The Chiffons. Connie has also recorded her own Gospel CD and sung backup vocals with Teddy Pendergrast and other artists.


Mark Cohen - Discography:

Fare Well, Traveller (LP)– Folkways Records

Plutonium (LP)– Folkways Records

Moments of Grace (cd) – Street Scenes Music

Here On Earth (cd) – Street Scenes Music

Live at the Towne Crier (dvd) - opening for Richie Havens on the 39th Woodstock Anniversary Concert

Cohen also played guitar behind Sis Cunningham on Sundown, her Folkways Records album. Sis was one of the original Almanac Singers, with Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Lee Hays, Millar Lampell, and others, such as Josh White and Leadbelly, who played on occasion with this historic, seminal folk group. Sis and her husband, Gordan Friesen, also founded and were the publishers of “Broadside Magazine,” in which were published the earliest songs of Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, Tom Paxton, Buffy St. Marie, Arlo Guthrie, and scores of other songwriters.

All the releases of Mark Cohen and Cohen and The Spirits have received air play across the U.S. and worldwide.