James Cohen Caravan

James Cohen Caravan


Flamenco Gypsy Jazz band with some pure Gypsy material in each category as well as our own fusions of it


James Cohen, originally a rock guitarist for over twenty-five years, has worked with such greats as Mick Ronson and has written and arranged for several bands, winning major Canadian contests as a pop-rock songwriter. His newest CD released on Northern Blues records April 2003 was produced by Richard Bell of Janis Joplin and The Band fame. In 1999 James's guitar playing—as part of the group "Del Norte"—appeared on a compilation CD called "Puro Flamenco" which also featured Ottmar Liebert. This CD is available in all U.S. record stores on the Neurodisc label, as well as the 2002 release on Borealis records 6 Strings North Of the Border' featuring James Cohen's Flamenco piece, The Wind. Once he was exposed to the outstanding guitar playing of flamenco prodigies Paco De Lucia, Tomatito, and Miguel de la Bastide, there was no turning back for James. He worked day and night learning the complex and subtle rhythms of flamenco, and studied the lightning right-hand techniques of the Spanish gypsies. La Tormenta represents James's love of the more modern Flamenco without sacrificing the integrity and purity of a long and beautiful tradition.

VKO MundoBeat™
James's profound dedication to learning to play flamenco inspired him to invent the VKO MundoBeat™, the world's only Flamenco and worldbeat metronome which is now being used by such world-renowned musicians as Ottmar Liebert, Tomatito, Jesse Cook, Badi Assad Menageria, Miguel de la Bastide, and many more. The Web site www.vko.com has a complete list of endorsements and information.

James Cohen has made special guest appearances throughout Ontario and Quebec with both Tony D. and Sue Foley. He has been featured on both their most recent televised CD release tours in 1999 and 2000. The James Cohen Caravan was also the first Canadian band to play at the US Portsmouth Blues Festival N.H. and enjoyed a great set at The Montreal Jazz Festival 2003. Also, The CD High Side of Low Down was a finalist in the 2003 American Independant Music Awards in the World Section.


1. La Tormenta with Guests Sue Foley and Tony D.
2. Heart Of Velcro
3. High Side of Low Down, which enjoys a great deal of international radio play and is on Northernblues Records

Set List

sets are usually about 1 hour for festivals, and 3 sets of 45 minutes for clubs. all material is our own except for a total of 3 covers that we play if its a whole evening performance.

A typical festival set list is as follows...

Bulerias James Cohen

Tangos------> into the breach James Cohen

Stanley on the move James Cohen

Arrythmia James Cohen

Mock Poluck James Cohen

Blue Gypsy Tony D.

High Side of Low Down James Cohen

Without You---->La Tormenta James Cohen Tony D.

Dirty Dishes Shane Simpson

Fortune's Fool James Cohen