Avishai Cohen (trumpeter)

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This article is about the Israeli-born trumpeter. For the Israeli-born bassist with the same name, see Avishai Cohen (bassist).
Avishai Cohen
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Cohen Performing with the SF Jazz Collective in 2010
Background information
Born 1978 (age 35–36)
Tel Aviv, Israel
Genres Jazz, post-bop, bebop
Occupations Musician, composer, bandleader
Instruments Trumpet, synthesized trumpet
Labels Anzic Records, Fresh Sound
Associated acts SFJAZZ Collective, Lemon Juice Quartet
Third World Love
3 Cohens
Tea for 3
Website www.avishaicohenmusic.com

Avishai Cohen Is a New York City-based jazz musician originally from Tel Aviv, Israel.


Cohen was born in Tel Aviv, Israel. He grew up in a musical family with his saxophonist siblings: sister Anat Cohen and brother Yuval Cohen (soprano saxophone).[1] At the age of eight Avishai asked his mother if he could begin taking trumpet lessons.[1] At age ten, Avishai began playing with the Rimon Big Band, He recalls "I had a box I stood on",[1] As a Teenager Avishai Toured with The Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra.[1]
Avishai attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston.[2] After graduating from Berklee, Cohen went on to win 3rd place in the Thelonious Monk jazz trumpet competition in 1997.[3] Cohen then moved to New York City where he began developing his music alongside Jason Lindner and bassist Omer Avital at Smalls Jazz Club.[3] He recorded his first album in 2003 with Anzic Records. The album title The Trumpet Player is titled such to avoid confusion with a jazz bassist of the same name (Avishai Cohen). Since then he has recorded with many notable jazz artists as a bandleader, co-leader, and composer[citation needed]. He has played with several jazz groups that include musicians from the SFJAZZ Collective. Avishai has stated that he was very heavily influenced by Miles Davis.[3] He is married and has two children.[1]


As a leader[edit]

  • The Trumpet Player (Fresh Sound, 2003)
  • After the Big Rain (Anzic Records, 2007)
  • Flood (Anzic Records, 2008)
  • Seven (Anzic Records, 2008) (Digital Release Only)
  • Introducing Triveni (Anzic Records, 2010)
  • Triveni II (Anzic Records, 2012)

Third World Love[edit]

3 Cohens[edit]

  • Family (Anzic Records, 2011)
  • Braid (Anzic Records, 2007)
  • One (Self, 2003)

Omer Avital[edit]

Other groups[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Leichman, Abigail Klein. "One family, three world-class jazz musicians". Retrieved 2011-08-17. 
  2. ^ Collar, Matt. "Avishai Cohen". Retrieved 11/3/2011. 
  3. ^ a b c Deluke, D.J. "Avishai Cohen: Trumpet Trio Makes Strong Mark". Retrieved 4/11/2011. 

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