Avishai Cohen (trumpeter)

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Avishai Cohen
Avishai Cohen 2015.jpg
Cohen with the SFJAZZ Collective in 2015
Background information
Born 1978 (age 39–40)
Tel Aviv, Israel
Genres Jazz, post-bop, bebop
Occupation(s) Musician, composer, bandleader
Instruments Trumpet
Labels ECM Records, Anzic Records, Fresh Sound
Associated acts Avishai Cohen Quartet SFJAZZ Collective, Lemon Juice Quartet, Third World Love, 3 Cohens, Triveni, Tea for 3,
Website avishaicohenmusic.com

Avishai Cohen Is a New York City–based jazz musician and composer 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 Cohen 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. Cohen has stated that he was very heavily influenced by Miles Davis.[3] He is married and has two children.[1]


Avishai Cohen performing at WOMEX 15, Budapest

As leader[edit]

Third World Love[edit]

  • Songs and Portraits (Anzic, 2012)
  • Sketch of Tel Aviv (Self+Small's, 2006)
  • Avanim (Self, 2004)
  • New Blues (Anzic, 2003)
  • Third World Love Songs (Fresh Sound, 2002)

3 Cohens[edit]

  • Family (Anzic, 2011)
  • Braid (Anzic, 2007)
  • One (Self, 2003)
  • "Tightrope" (Anzic, 2013)

Omer Avital[edit]

  • New Song (Motéma, 2014)
  • Suite of the East (Anzic, 2012)
  • Live at Smalls (SmallsLIVE, 2011)
  • Free Forever (Smalls, 2011)
  • Arrival (Fresh Sound, 2007)
  • The Ancient Art of Giving (Smalls, 2006)
  • Marlon Browden Project (Fresh Sound, 2003)

Other groups[edit]

  • SFJAZZ Collective Live 2010:7th Annual Concert Tour (SFJAZZ, 2010)
  • Anat Cohen Noir (Anzic, 2006)
  • Anat Cohen Place & Time (Anzic, 2005)
  • Yuval Cohen Freedom (Anzic, 2006)
  • The Jason Lindner Big Band Live at the Jazz Gallery (Anzic, 2007)
  • Waverly 7 Yo! Bobby (Anzic, 2007)
  • Keren Ann Keren Ann (EMI France, 2007)
  • Keren Ann Nolita (Metro Blue/Blue Note, 2005 )
  • Yosvany Terry Metamorphosis (EWE+Kindred Rhythm, 2006)
  • Gregory Tardy Monuments (SteepleChase, 2011)
  • Mark Turner Lathe of Haven (ECM, 2014)
  • Shalom Hanoch - Erev Erev
  • Asaf Amdurski - Menoim Shketim
  • Assaf Amdurski - Harei At
  • Daniel Freedman - Bamako By Bus
  • Jason Lindner - Now Vs. Now
  • Jason Lindner - Live at the Jazz Gallery
  • Dafnis Prieto - Taking The Soul For a Wlak


  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 March 11, 2011.
  3. ^ a b c Deluke, D.J. "Avishai Cohen: Trumpet Trio Makes Strong Mark". Retrieved November 4, 2011.
  4. ^ Jazz, All About. "Avishai Cohen: Into the Silence". www.allaboutjazz.com. Retrieved 2016-03-07.

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