OCEAN GROVE – David Cohen of Guitar Point in Ocean Grove won top instrumentalist in the guitarist category in April 7th’s JAM Award ceremony held at the Jersey Shore Arts Center in Ocean Grove.
In addition to his guitar playing Cohen plays bagpipes and is member of the Pipes and Drums of the Jersey Shillelagh’s in Belmar. He also teachers and performs on the Chinese pipa. He is the first classical musician to be nominated in the JAM Awards.
In 2003 Cohen started the Food Bank Benefit Concert that is held the last Saturday in January with proceeds going directly to the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties in New Jersey. He is also dedicated to small business communities and is active in the Ocean Grove Area Chamber of Commerce having served four years on the Board of Directors, two years as Vice President and three years as the President. In addition to his work with small business communities David also works with the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia assisting in the development and implementation of the Patient and Family Centered Care philosophy and practices.
Cohen’s dedication in helping patients and family members during their hospital experience led to his appointment to the Performance Monitoring Committee and sits on the Medical Ethics Committee. He also writes about Patient and Family Centered Care for the Fox Chase website and has produced and directed the video “We’ve Been Through These Doors” for use on the Patient and Family Centered Care page of the Fox Chase website.
Portions of the profits from the sale of his CD, “David Cohen:Guitar” are donated to the Friends of Fox Chase Cancer Center a charitable organization dedicated to meeting the needs of Fox Chase patients. CD information at www.davidcohenguitar.com.)
About the JAM Awards – The JAM Awards (Jersey Acoustic Music Awards) was created to recognize local New Jersey original music acts. It has evolved over the years and continues to grow to be an awards program that represents original music throughout the state of New Jersey. It was first based on live performances at a hand full of acoustic listening rooms and open-mics that featured very talented original acts. Over the years it has grown to performances at dozens of listening rooms and large venues throughout New Jersey. Nominees of the JAM Awards are selected from contribution from the Nominations Committee, Awards Committee, and public online submissions via the official JAM Nominations Form.
Pictured above: David Cohen; www.davidcohenguitar.com photo