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955 West End Ave. NYC

August 25, 2017

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Cohen and The Spirits - Mark Cohen - Founder, words and music by, co-producer, vocals and guitars


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, organ


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 - Drums, Tabla