HARVEY R. COHEN- Arranger/Composer 1951-2007
Harvey R. Cohen, two-time Emmy-winning composer, arranger and big-band leader, died in 2007 of a heart attack at only 55 years at his home in California. Cohen received his two Emmys for music in the animated series Disney’s Aladdin in 1995 and The Adventures of Batman and Robin in 1996. He earned four more Emmy nominations, including two for the animated series Casper, one for Batman: The Animated Series, and one for music direction on the Patti LaBelle PBS special, Musical Comedy Tonight III.
Cohen scored dozens of episodes of other animated shows throughout the ’90s, including Superman, Tiny Toon Adventures and Taz-Mania for Warner Bros., and Disney’s Little Mermaid, Disney’s Gargoyles, Goof Troop and Bonkers for Disney.He scored Santa vs. The Snowman, the first IMAX 3-D animated feature, in 2002, and composed the music for the direct-to-video Beauty and the Beast sequel Belle’s Magical World in 1998.
Cohen also contributed music to many live-action shows in the ’80s and ’90s, including Dallas, Knots Landing, Growing Pains, Murphy Brown and The Wonder Years, and orchestrated for several film composers including John Williams, Marc Shaiman, James Horner, Michael Kamen and Teddy Castellucci. Among his work for Shaiman was orchestrating Billy Crystal’s opening medley for the Academy Awards on four occasions.
Cohen arranged for numerous recording artists including Kenny G, Michael Feinstein, Monica Mancini, Patti Austin, Melissa Manchester, Liza Minnelli, Shirley MacLaine and Bernadette Peters. In 2005, he arranged the Kenny Ellis CD Hanukkah Swings! He also led his own 18-member big band which frequently performed in L.A. area venues.
His most recent concert commission was a three-movement work, “Columbia Suite for Orchestra,” a tribute to the space-shuttle astronauts that was premiered in 2003 by the Tifereth Israel Community Orchestra in San Diego. In November, Cohen was honored for his “superb artistry and enthusiastic contribution to music” by the American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers.
Cohen was born in Brookline, Mass. on September 13, 1951, graduated from Connecticut’s Hartt College of Music and did graduate studies at Brooklyn College and L.A.’s Grove School of Music.
ARRANGEMENTS DONATED TO THE AMERICAN BIG BAND PRESERVATION SOCIETY LIBRARY:
The following Instrumentation are part of the Harvey Cohen Big Band Book: (5 saxes, 4 trumpets, 3 trombones and 1 french horn, piano, guitar, bass, drums)
1. IN A MELLOWTONE
2. SHINY STOCKINGS
3. MS. CHERRY PIE
4. ROUTE 66
5. MOMMA’S SAVIN’ IT FOR LATER
6. IN A HEFTI BAG
7. SUNDAY KIND OF LOVE
8. EGDON HEATH (Bill Russo Arrangement)
9. LUSH LIFE
10. STOMPIN’ AT THE C.P.U.
11. GO FOR IT
12. LOOKIN’ FOR THE BACK DOOR (Alf Clausen)
13. TROLLIN’ FOR TADPOLS (Alf Clause)
15. BEAUTIFUL THINGS
16. THE ZONE
17. SWEET GEORGIA BROWN (Roger Neuman)
18. DAY IN DAY OUT
20. NEW BLUES
21. RED SNAPPER (Don Menza)
22. DEEP PURPLE
23. COME RAIN OR COME SHINE
24. EARLY AUTUMN
25. FRECKLE FACE
26. DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES
27. “A” TRAIN (Don Menza)
29. THINGS AINT WHAT THEY USED TO BE
30. DON’T GET AROUND MUCH ANYMORE