Saxophonist Paul Cohen dies, cause of death explained

Paul Cohen, musician and husband of the Mexican singer Lila Downs, passes away. Let’s see How did Saxophonist Paul Cohen die and Paul Cohen cause of death in detail.

How did Saxophonist Paul Cohen die?

The musician Paul Cohen, the spouse of Lila Downs, died on the night of Thursday, December 7 at the age of 69.

The singer Lila Downs, shared the information on her social media accounts along with a note from her on-stage partner saying goodbye.

“It is with great sadness that we share that our beloved Paul R Cohen passed away on the night of December 7 in Oaxaca City.”

“Paul, a musician, father and loving husband, shared life with singular joy.”

“We deeply appreciate all the expressions of love and support for our family and friends in these difficult times.”

“May his magic and peace that he shared with us always shine in our memories.”

Lila Downs revealed that she has Covid-19, so she will send the musician farewell in private and follow the necessary precautions.

Paul Cohen cause of death

Paul Cohen cause of death was not disclosed yet. There are no information available about Paul Cohen cause of death.

Medico topics have been trying to reach out to the family and relatives for comment on the incident. So far no responses have been received. We will update the page once enough information is available. More information on Paul Cohen cause of death will be added soon.

Who was Paul Cohen?

United States-born Paul Cohen was raised in New Jersey after being born in New York.

His life has always been connected to music; he was able to pursue this career with Lila Downs years later after deciding to combine his personal and professional lives. Together, they were a wonderful duo.

The pair had a marriage of more than 20 years, with whom they adopted their two children Benito Dxulado Cohen Downs, 12 years old, and Vanessa Cohen Downs, 5 years old.

Cohen graduated from the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music with a B.M. and an M.M. and D.M.A. degrees from the Manhattan School of Music.

The musician Paul Cohen and his spouse of Lila Downs.

Performing Career

He has performed solo performances with orchestras such as the San Francisco Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Charleston Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Philharmonia Virtuosi, and others.

The solo compositions of Jacques Ibert, Claude Debussy, Paul Creston, Alexander Glazunov, Charles Martin Loeffler, Karel Husa, Frank Martin, Ingolf Dahl, Henry Cowell, and Henri Tomasi have all been played by him.

Paul Cohen passed away. (Image Credit : Brooklyn College Website)

Along with the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, American Symphony Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, Ohio Chamber Orchestra, Oregon Symphony, NEP Symphony, Hudson Valley Saxophone Orchestra, Wayne Chamber Orchestra, Hartford Symphony, and Long Island Philharmonic, he has performed with a variety of orchestras and chamber ensembles.


He has also recorded with the Saxophone Sinfonia, New York Solisti, Paul Winter Consort, North-South Consonance, and the New Sousa Band, in addition to three albums with the Cleveland Symphonic Winds.

His most recent albums feature the recently unearthed saxophone concerto by American composer Caryl Florio from the 19th century as well as an environmental-jazz CD of solo improvisation.

His most recent CD, American Landscapes, features original American music for the saxophone from three centuries, including compositions by Florio, Grainger, Siegmeister, and Wilder.

Teaching Career

Cohen was a member of the faculties at Queens College, Columbia University, New York University, the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, and the Manhattan School of Music.

At one time, he was a professor at the Oberlin Conservatory.

He worked as a conductor and chamber music instructor for Lee Patrick’s Saxophone Institutes in the 1980s at the University of Louisville. In the 1990s, he collaborated with Sigurd Raschèr at some of Raschèr’s saxophone workshops.

Saxophone Research

In renowned periodicals including Saxophone Journal, the Clarinet and Saxophone Society Magazine of Great Britain, The Grainger Society Journal, the Saxophone Symposium, The Instrumentalist, and CBDNA Notes, Cohen has published several papers on saxophone literature and history.

He has written the Saxophone Journal section “Vintage Saxophones Revisited” since 1985.

In his saxophone museum, which also contains a large number of records, images, and memorabilia, he has more than 200 saxophones.

He has unearthed and played rare chamber compositions by Grainger, Ornstein, Henry Cowell, Elie Siegmeister, and Loeffler as well as solo works for saxophone and orchestra by Loeffler, Caryl Florio, and Ingolf Dahl.

The Renaissance Book

Cohen reconstructed and recorded Ingolf Dahl’s 1949 Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Orchestra in its original concert band scoring after discovering a set of surviving parts in a reference library.

During Dahl’s lifetime, the work underwent several significant changes and recordings.

Along with Cohen’s arrangements and settings for saxophone ensemble, To the Fore Publishers, Cohen’s publishing house publishes original, classic, and modern saxophone pieces from a variety of composers.

The Renaissance Book, his collection of songs and dances arranged for the saxophone quartet, is available from Galaxy Music.

Tributes to Paul Cohen

Many people expressed their profound sympathies to his family and expressed how much they loved him. The news of this occurrence has upset his supporters and fans.

Several organzations, including the Ministry of Culture, the Mexican Institute of Radio, the National Institute of Fine Arts, the National Institute of Indigenous Peoples, and the Government of Oaxaca, offered condolence messages upon the musician’s passing.

Alejandro Frausto tweeted,

Dear sister @liladowns, I embrace your heart that must be without comfort. Paul was always an exceptional being who only left us harmony. I can hardly believe it. Good flight, dear Paul Cohen.”

Fernando Aceves tweeted,

“In this photograph that I had the opportunity to take of Paul Cohen, that sensitive soul is summed up. My sincerest condolences to Mrs. Lila Downs, may he rest in peace. Fernando Aceves.”

One of the worst things anyone can go through in life is losing a loved one. Any journey must have a destination at the end. The person’s time on earth has regrettably come to an end now that they have died.

We wish him eternal peace and send our thoughts and prayers to his loved ones, family, friends. May he rest in peace.


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  1. Together Lila & Paul revolutionized the world of Mexican Music. As a former Spanish language radio broadcaster in Arizona I had never heard or seen anything like them. Their contributions should never be forgotten. I was involved in promoting their first Tucson concert, an experience and honor and privilege I will never forget.


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