Mark Cohen has been a part of the NY music scene for many years.  He recorded two albums for Folkways Records ("Fare Well, Traveller" and "Plutonium") and two CDs for Street Scenes Music ("Moments of Grace" and "Thank God For You").

Cohen and The Spirits current members are Jonathan Ivie (Jivie) on piano and organ; Atiba Motta on drums, and Mike Preen on bass, in addition to Mark, on guitar and vocals and the group's songwriter.

Previous Spirits include Jim Satten on guitar, Rusty Cloud on piano and organ, Cliff Hackford on drums, Tony Tino on bass and Bob Prewitt on his 12-string Rickenbacker.  Connie Harvey sang background vocals.  Leslie Wagner sings backup vocals on "Here On Earth".

Cohen and The Spirits record at M&I Recording Studios in NYC.  Songs have also been recorded at Satten Roads Studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.


Jivie (piano, keyboards, organ, string arrangements) is a bandleader, musical director (on Broadway: Rock of Ages, 2014-15), composer/lyricist, arranger, and vocal coach, but above all, he prefers to be behind the keys, laying down the jams.  He hailed from Arizona until early 2012, when he heeded the call and transplanted his family to Hell’s Kitchen in NYC, where he lives with his wife and Basset Hounds.  In addition to his work as one of the Spirits, he has recently been working with American Idol alumni Constantine Maroulis, the band Air Supply, the electric violinist Daisy Jopling, The Company Men, and is developing his original musical ‘Rob Ford: Rock Star’. He adds so much good rockin' to his tracks - the great Jivie.






Cliff Hackford, drummer, tabla player and educator, has played drums with Clark Terry, Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs, Cadillacmoon, AK-47, Vicki Sue Robinson, as well as a wide variety of Grammy winning and platinum selling artists.

He is an accomplished tabla player who has performed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and in India with Indian maestros Dr. Krishna Kant Shulka, Abhik Mukherjee, Dr Gigambar Gadikar, Irajit roy Chadorney, Satya Franc Ma Kirtan, Damodar Das, Sonic Bliss Kirtan and Robert Een.  Cliff has also played in a number of festivals across the U.S.A.

Cliff operates a record label with his partner Angela Lee,, which features Sonic Bliss Kirtan and other spiritually based artists. Cliff records and produces at his studio,

Cliff is an ASCAP writer who has won nine panel ASCAP awards for his contemporary music. He co-wrote the song "Show Me Your Tattoo" for the Warner Bros. film "The Devil’s Advocate," featuring Al Pacino, Keanu Reeves and Charlise Theron.

Cliff notes that "The tabla track on 'To Sing My Song' on Cohen and The Spirits new cd shows how versatile an instrument the tabla is - a staple in traditional Indian music and a perfect addition as the coda in Mark's song."


Bassist Tony Tino has performed, recorded and/or toured with Gavin DeGraw, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Ramin Karimloo, Nellie McKay, Ronnie Spector, LaBamba & Mark Pender from Conan O'Brien Show, Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, G.E. Smith, Mark Rivera, Brandford Marsalis, John Scofield, Chevy Chase, Dave Chappelle, Zhane, De La Soul, Clay Aiken, Clyde Stubblefield, and Cohen and The Spirits. TV appearances include the Tonight Show, The View, Ellen, Kelly & Michael, the Today Show, One Tree Hill, and Jimmy Kimmel Live!  He’s performed at the New Jersey Hall of Fame with Susan Sarandon, Jack Nicholson, and Danny DeVito, and played in Broadway shows including “Movin' Out” and the tour, and Laura Nyro's “Elis Coming”. Tony currently resides in Da' Bronx, NY, writing music, recording and playing all around the world.

Guitarist, composer, producer and musical director Jim Satten has played and recorded with Bo Diddley, Mick Taylor, Sam and Dave, Ben E. King, Ronnie Wood, Ronnie Spector, the Temptations, Moogy Klingman, Trouble, Connie Harvey, and Cohen and The Spirits, among numerous other artists.

Jim worked for over 10 years with Bo Diddley, beginning in 1982.  The Diddley Years brought Jim to stages in Australia, Greece, Italy, Japan and New Zealand.  In 1986 Jim teamed up with Ronnie Wood (of the Rolling Stones) and toured the world as “The Gunslingers” with the Jim Satten Band, and in 1987 released “Live at the Ritz,” recorded at the Ritz Theater in New York.

One of the highlights of the Diddley Years was Jim’s playing in a tribute concert to John Lee Hooker at Madison Square Garden in 1990, where he performed with Mick Fleetwood, Albert Collins and Al Kooper. 

The year 2000 brought the inception of Intermix Studios, an in-house digital recording facility where Jim offers his services as a producer, arranger, engineer and guitarist.  Clients have included the NBC sitcom “Sisters,” HANES, Mercedes Benz, and the Nickelodean Network.

Jim's work over the decades is so extensive that best is visiting his web site:


PERFORMED WITH (partial list):

The Cotton Club Orchestra (Arranger-Composer) - 1977-1978

Maurice Hines/Mercedes Ellington Dance Company (pianist/arranger), 1978-1984

Gary U.S. Bonds - 1981-1982 (Albums: “Dedication”, “On The Line”)

Steven Van Zandt (Little Steven and The Disciples Of Soul) - 1982 (Album -“Men Without Women”)

Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes - 1982-1998 (Albums: “Trash It Up”, “In The Heat”, “At Least We Got Shoes”, “Better Days”, “Ruff Stuff”, “Spittin’ Fire”)

Ronnie Spector - 1988-1991

The Original Blues Brothers Band - 1995-present (CD- “Live At Chicago House Of Blues”)

Aretha Franklin - Closing Concert of the 2000 “Newport In New York” Jazz Festival, Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, NYC; other concerts through 2003

Mark Cohen, Cohen and The Spirits, numerous recordings, 1999 - present

Solo CD – “Walkin’ The Night” and “Riverscapes”; “Cloudburst” (Band with my wife, Claire Cloud) - 1996-present (CD - “Every Little Dream” by Claire & Rusty Cloud)

PRODUCER/ARRANGER (partial list):

The Manhattans (CD’s- “Meet The Manhattans”, “What Color Is Love”)

Jonny Hirsch - Solo CD, 2008 (Produced with Mark Feinberg, Ken Hitchcock and Charlie Lagond); 2nd CD, “Songs From East 5th Street”, 2010-2011, sole producer

Srotakin IV CD, “RocknRoll Bender”- co-producer, 2013

FILM & TELEVISION (partial list):

Composer-In-Residence, Congressional Research Service Film Division, Library of Congress, Washington DC (1975-1996)

Theme for “Visiones” (NBC-TV News & Hispanic Affairs program, ran 1976-1980.


From 2003 through the present day, Rusty has taught at the Lagond Music School in Elmsford, New York ( He teach jazz and R & B keyboard and jazz theory, led student bands, and also teaches students independently in New York City.  As an independent teacher, he has taught students who have won several Down Beat student awards.

Appears courtesy of Cloudburst Productions:

Cloudburst Productions

PO Box 2472

New York NY 10021



Bob Prewitt, (Rickenbacker 12-string guitar on Moments of Grace) built and owned New York’s Magnagraphics Studio, which became a rehearsal and recording studio for John Lennon and KISS.

Connie Harvey, a Scotland Neck, NC, native, has performed backup vocals for a variety of artists, including Michael Jackson, Teddy Pendergrass, Debbie Harry, the Chiffons and a host of others.

Harvey spent most of her childhood growing up in Brooklyn, NY, first dabbling in music while at church.  “I would sing in the church choir with my Mom. She always loved to sing. She would always be singing around the house. I was surrounded by music.”

One day she happened to be heard by Ernest Wright, of the group Little Anthony and the Imperials (the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009).  “Wow, you’ve got a beautiful voice,” she recalls Wright telling her.

He invited her to sing with him and do live shows, giving her a start in the industry. She credits him with teaching her to harmonize.

Now, her voice can be heard on hit records such as longtime friend Jocelyn Brown’s “Somebody Else’s Guy.” The late rapper The Notorious B.I.G. sampled her voice on his song “A Friend of Mine,” which appeared on his 1994 debut album, “Ready To Die,” and she sings on several songs on Cohen and The Spirits’ cd’s “Moments of Grace” and “Thank God For You.”  Cohen says Connie and her voice are “God’s gifts.”

Connie was in Michael Jackson’s choir during his live performance on the Grammy Awards in 1988, which she notes as one of her career highlights. “That’s history for my repertoire,” she says.

Today, Harvey lives in the Roanoke Valley. Her focus is Gospel.

Harvey’s sound is classic, and the influence of powerhouses Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin and Gladys Knight, whom she cites as inspirations, is evident. She’s currently collaborating with Jocelyn Brown on a song, “We’ve Got the Power.”

“I love Gospel, and I feel really strongly about my new single. I feel like God gave it to me,” she says. “I’ve written a lot of songs, but this one is the best one. I feel like it’s really going to make an impact. It’s exciting to write a song and then hear it back when it’s all finished. It’s an amazing feeling.”

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