Ellen Cogen's Ensemble replicates the sound of Joni Mitchell's famed eclectic electric jazz group of the late 70's-80's. As an educator, Ellen has taught middle school and high school, and is associate professor of music at Holyoke Community College and a visiting lecturer at Westfield State University. In addition to her choral direction at schools and colleges, she has led many church and community ensembles, and currently serves as director of music at Easthampton Congregational Church.
With special guests Claire Arenius and George Kaye, Juke Joint Jazz plays their own hard-driving arrangements of the classic jazz repertoire. Featuring several accomplished soloists with influences ranging from Miles Davis to the Grateful Dead, from Monk to Funk, the band plays an eclectic mix of works.