Cohen's first band was The Ingredients of Love, a twelve-piece soul group based in Brooklyn's Bed-Sty neighborhood from 1968-1971.  

Robert Wedlaw was our founder and inspiration.  He wrote the songs, played organ and put it all together. He and his wife Justeen, who also wrote songs, organized our shows.  Don Echoles, just back from Viet Nam, put the horn section together.  The rhythm section included two drummers (Brad Small and Herschel Vaughn), the bass player (Raymond), and Mark Cohen who played funk rhythm guitar.  

Except for Mark, Robert and Don, the rest of The Ingredients of Love were very talented kids, 12 to 15.  The Ingredients of Love was a great, a formative experience for us all.

Michael Jones, then in the horn section, later became Kashif, Arista recording artist and recipient of six Grammy nominations.  He produced and worked with Whitney Houston, Melba Moore, Kenny G, George Benson and Dionne Warwick, among many other artists, and was featured in "Unsung", the biography and documentary series on TV One, in an episode airing in October 2015.  Don Echoles, Justeen Wedlaw, Tyrone Williams and Hershel Vaughn, all from The Ingredients of Love, appear in the broadcast, now On Demand (type Kashif in search field).  See who he was.  Hear Justeen talk about him.  Hear Don talk about The Ingredients of Love.  Hear Hershel Vaughn talk about Kashif, and hear Kashif talk of himself and his upbringing in foster homes.  

Twin brothers Albert and Alvin Jamison were two of the front singers. Albert is now Bishop Albert Jamison, chairman of the Gospel Music Workshop of America.

Tyrone Williams later won two Grammys.    

Don Echoles, after later forming the Echoles of Faith Gospel band, now leads an 18-piece band.  

Raymond became a working musician in Japan. 

Mark Cohen became a denizen of the Village music scene, wrote and recorded songs for two albums for Folkways Records, and formed Cohen and The Spirits, which released two cd's, "Moments of Grace" (2005) and "Thank God For You (2014).  The band has played NYC clubs including the West End Lounge, Arlene's Grocery, and Fat Boy, and The Paperbox in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. 

The Ingredients of Love played at the Apollo and the Brooklyn Apollo, NYC clubs and theaters, the Lloyd Price Turntable, with Bobby McPhatter, at regional colleges and a lot more.

Kashif died on September 25, 2016.   

After travelling through Europe and living in Greece for nearly a year, Cohen returned to the states, played at the Gaslight and Folk City within a week, and became a denizen of the Greenwich Village music scene, writing songs, playing the city's clubs, and headlining in 1975 "The Best of the Best: The Village's Undiscovered Stars" at Gerde's Folk City.  His Folkways albums were released in 1977 ("Fare Well, Traveller") and 1979 ("Plutonium").   Cohen also studied for a year at New York's Guitar Study Center under Barry Kornfeld.

The Walrus, a trade publication, called Cohen "a valuable find," saying "his debut albums whet the appetite for more."  His 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, Rev. F. D. Kirkpatrick, Erik Frandsen, the Roches, Phoebe Snow, Janis Ian, Victor Roland Vargas Moussa and Richard Lewis, among others.  Mark played lead guitar behind Willie Nile at Willie's July 1976 week-long Folk City show, and, with Willie and Sammy Walker, was hailed a "recent discovery" by Broadside Magazine, which also published his songs.  He opened for Richie Havens at The Towne Crier Café in Pawling, NY, on the 39th anniversary of Woodstock, and played there again for a show remembering Mike Porco, founder and proprietor of Folk City, the legendary Village club.  

Mark was featured at the Ossining, NY, Earth Day program (2012) and played at the reopened Gaslight in 2012 and regularly at The Towne Crier.  He and his band, The Spirits, have been in the studio throughout.  

The Spirits are musicians from across the spectrum of the New York music scene, now part of the sounds and recordings Mark's produced over the past 30 years. 

Cohen produced the title song of Thank God For You, as well as Worms, Working People, Dallas In November, To Sing My Song and Wildwood Flower.  To Be With You, Here On Earth and Your Healing Touch were co-produced and arranged by Mark and Jim Satten.   

Wildwood Flower, the traditional, widely covered song made famous by the Carter family in their 1928 Victor label recording, was arranged and performed by Mark Cohen on a 45-year-old Martin D-18 guitar.  Mark included an Epiphone (Kalamazoo) electric guitar version on "Moments of Grace," but felt this acoustic version, because of the qualities of the guitar, its resonance and overtones and the richness of its sound, was unique and had a special place as a bonus track on Thank God For You.   

The Spirits:

Thank God For You:

Thank God For You, Worms, and Dallas In November: Mark (vocals, acoustic and electric guitars); Jivie (piano and organ); Tony Tino (bass) and Cliff Hackford (drums).  To Sing My Song: Mark (vocal and acoustic and electric guitars); Cliff Hackford (tabla and cymbals) and Ira Yuspeh (synth flute, trumpet and French horn tracks on select verses).  Mark solos on Working People (vocal / guitar).

Moments of Grace:

Moments of Grace, You'll Always Be With Me: Mark Cohen (vocals, acoustic guitar); Jim Satten (electric guitar); Rusty Cloud (piano and organ); Cliff Hackford (drums and other percussion;) Bob Prewitt: 12-string Rickenbacker electric guitar; Michael Blake (sax on title song); Dan Cipriano (sax on You'll Always Be With Me); Connie Harvey (background vocals); additional tracks programmed by Jim Satten.

MacDougal Street: Mark Cohen (vocals, finger-picked electric guitar); Jim Satten (electric guitar); Rusty Cloud (piano and organ); Kevin Calhoun: cymbals; Connie Harvey: background vocals.  Additional tracks programmed by Mark and Jim.

Indy 5:  Mark Cohen (vocals, acoustic guitar); Jim Satten (electric guitar); Rusty Cloud (piano and organ); Bil Kurz (background vocals).  Additional tracks programmed by Mark and Jim.

Patterns:  Mark Cohen (vocals, acoustic guitar); Jim Satten (electric guitar); Rusty Cloud (piano and organ); Darryl Peretti (background vocals).  Additional tracks programmed by Mark and Jim.

Buffalo and Kosovo:  Mark Cohen (vocals, electric rhythm guitar); Jim Satten (electric lead guitar); Rusty Cloud (piano and organ); Tommy Price (drums); Kevin Jenkins (bass); Colleen McMahon (background vocals). 

Just One Night:  Mark Cohen (acoustic lead and rhythm guitars); Jim Satten (electric lead guitar).  Jim added additional tracks. 

Wildwood Flower:  Mark Cohen, guitar.  Arranged by Mark.

Radio Play:

Fare Well, Traveller, Moments of Grace and Thank God For You received play on broadcast and Internet radio stations worldwide.  Mark also appeared on a 90-minute live broadcast on the St. James Infirmary Internet radio show hosted by Michael Mand (11/11/10).  Moments of Grace received extensive play on England’s Internet radio station Radio Gets Wild, and was called “an absolutely gorgeous album” by program director Dee Chapman. 

Mark Cohen - Discography:

Fare Well, Traveller – Folkways Records (1977)

Plutonium – Folkways Records (1979)

Moments of Grace – Street Scenes Music (2005)

Here On Earth – Street Scenes Music (2010)

Thank God For You - Street Scenes Music (2015)

DVD of Mark’s opening for Richie Havens on the 39th Woodstock Anniversary Concert at The Towne Crier Café in Pawling, NY (2008). 

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, Millard Lampell, and others, like Josh White and Cisco Houston, who played on occasion with this historic, seminal folk group.  Sis and her husband, Gordon 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.

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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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