On January 14, 2007 our dear friend Harvey R. Cohen passed away.
Harvey was active in film, television, recording and live performance. He received two Emmy Awards for his work on Batman, The Animated Series (Warner Bros.) and Disney’s Aladdin, and was nominated for a second episode of Batman, a Patti LaBelle Special, and two nominations for Casper (Universal), for which he was also nominated for an Association International du Film d’ Animation Award (ASIFA).
Harvey’s television repertoire included the successful prime-time series Dallas, Knot’s Landing, and Murphy Brown; plus the 69th, 70th, 72nd, 76th and 77th Annual Academy Awards. Harvey scored Santa vs. the Snowman 3D (2002), the first animated feature in the IMAX 3-D process, and Walt Disney’s Belle’s Magical World, a two-million copy direct-to-video success.
One highlight of Harvey’s career was his collaboration with John Williams on the Academy Award-nominated score for Sabrina, which subsequently led to later work with Williams on The Patriot. Recent projects include King Kong (with James Newton Howard), Mission: Impossible III, Scary Movie 4, and Happy N’ Ever After.
In the recording field, Harvey arranged Kenny G’s Grammy-nominated holiday CD Wishes; Monica Mancini’s Cinema Paradiso; Grammy award-nominated jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon, Billy Crystal, Bernadette Peters, and Michael Feinstein’s Gershwin CD, Nice Work If You Can Get It. Concert arranging credits include Patti Austin, Bette Midler, Nathan Lane, Doc Severinsen, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra to name a few. Harvey’s current CD release is Kenny Ellis’ Hanukkah Swings! His Columbia Suite for Orchestra (2003), a tribute to the astronauts of the US Space Shuttle Columbia, was commissioned and premiered in San Diego. Harvey also lead his own 18-piece big band.