Kezban Özcan, Leonard Cohen’s Personal Asst, Tells All – Well, Tells More About The Cat & Those Bearded Chaps

Left to right: Duchess, DrHGuy, & Kezban Özcan. Photo by Leonard Cohen

Kezban Özcan, Leonard Cohen’s personal assistant since 2007, has appeared frequently in entries at  Cohencentric and its predecessor sites. Kezban Özcan Talks About What It’s Like To Be Leonard Cohen’s Assistant is, in fact, one of the most popular posts among Cohen fans. Today [date of original post: Aug 29, 2014] she responds to a couple of questions from readers.

Leonard Entwined

The two bearded gents flanking Leonard Cohen in the above photo, posted at An Unrecognized Leonard Cohen Poses At Photographer’s Request – West Village, NYC July 28, 2014, are the owners of Entwine, the Turkish eatery in the background. They are also friends of Kezban, who testifies to the excellence of their offerings and recommends the place to anyone who finds himself or herself in New York.

Kezban & The Cat

As reported previously, Kezban confirms that our favorite Canadian singer-songwriter-icon & long-time canine lover is now the primary caregiver for a cat (see above photo) who had roamed the neighborhood and “got himself adopted” by Leonard Cohen.  Asked the name of the cat, Kezban writes,

The cat’s name is Jackson, but I like pronouncing it with a French accent, I have a feeling he likes that 🙂

Credit Due Department: First photo by Leonard Cohen. Second photo (at Entwine) by Enrique Avilés. Third photo (of DrHGuy, Leonard Cohen, and Jackson) by Penny Showalter.

Note: Originally posted Aug 29, 2014 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

2013: Leonard Cohen On His Knees Overwhelms Chicago

Leonard Cohen Concert: Chicago Theatre – March 13, 2013

The above image is an outstanding example from one of my favorite Leonard Cohen performance photo subcategories: Leonard Cohen on his knees photographed from above. Both it and the shot of the chandelier at the Chicago Theatre were taken by David Foster.

Note: Originally posted Mar 15, 2013 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

A 1993 Gallery: Leonard Cohen & Musicians On “Later With Jools Holland”

All the images in this gallery are screen captures from a video of Leonard Cohen and his musicians in a performance which took place May 12, 1993 and was taped for an episode of the “Later With Jools Holland” BBC program (broadcast May 14, 1993).


Identification Guide

Julie Christensen is the blonde backup singer. Perla Batalla, the other backup vocalist is positioned on the reader’s right. Most of the other individuals can be identified by their instruments:

Leonard Cohen – vocals, keyboards, acoustic guitar
Perla Batalla – vocals
Julie Christensen – vocals
Bob Metzger – guitars, pedal steel guitar
Bob Furgo – keyboards, violin
Paul Ostermayer – keyboards, saxophone, flute
Bill Ginn – keyboards
Jorge Calderon – bass
Steve Meador – drums

Note: Originally Mar 12, 2013 posted at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Compelling Photos Of Leonard Cohen – Oakland: March 2, 2013

These captivating photos were taken at Oakland’s Paramount Theatre on March 2, 2013  by Art Siegel, who was also responsible for the similarly striking shots posted earlier. Photo used by permission of Art Siegel.

Note: Originally posted Mar 6, 2013 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen On Keyboard Photographed From Paramount Theatre Backstage – Oakland Soundcheck 2013

Photos taken from backstage, especially the backstage of a glamorous venue like Oakland’s Paramount Theatre, offer a sometimes fascinating perspective from the performer’s point of view of the seating arrangement, the lighting, the electronics, and even that clock on the floor visible from the microphone but hidden to the audience.

This intriguing photo is from Sharon Robinson’s Facebook page

Note: Originally posted Mar 4, 2013 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric