Avishai Cohen (trumpeter)

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Avishai Cohen
Cohen with the SFJAZZ Collective in 2015
Cohen with the SFJAZZ Collective in 2015
Background information
Born (1978-05-23) May 23, 1978 (age 44)
Tel Aviv, Israel
GenresJazz, post-bop, bebop
Occupation(s)Musician, composer, bandleader
LabelsECM, Anzic, Fresh Sound

Avishai Cohen (Hebrew: אבישי כהן) is a New York City–based jazz musician and composer originally from Tel Aviv, Israel.


Avishai Cohen at Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society, Half Moon Bay CA 9/10/17

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]

Because he was frequently confused with bassist Avishai Cohen, he named his debut 2003 album The Trumpet Player.[4]

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]


Avishai Cohen performing at WOMEX 15, Budapest

As leader[edit]

  • The Trumpet Player (Fresh Sound, 2003)
  • After the Big Rain (Anzic, 2007)
  • Flood (Anzic, 2008)
  • Seven (Anzic, 2008)
  • Introducing Triveni (Anzic, 2010)
  • Triveni II (Anzic, 2012)
  • Avishai Cohen's Triveni, Dark Nights (Anzic, 2014)
  • Into the Silence (ECM, 2016)[5]
  • Cross My Palm with Silver (ECM, 2017)
  • Playing the Room with Yonathan Avishai (ECM, 2019)
  • Big Vicious (ECM, 2020)
  • Naked Truth (ECM, 2022)

Third World Love[edit]

  • Third World Love Songs (Fresh Sound, 2002)
  • Avanim (Self, 2004)
  • Sketch of Tel Aviv (Self+Small's, 2006)
  • New Blues (Anzic, 2008)
  • Songs and Portraits (Anzic, 2012)

3 Cohens[edit]

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

Omer Avital[edit]

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

As sideman[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Leichman, Abigail Klein. "One family, three world-class jazz musicians". Retrieved August 17, 2011.
  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. ^ Avishai Cohen: Introducing Triveni. NPR, February 4, 2011.
  5. ^ Jazz, All About. "Avishai Cohen: Into the Silence". www.allaboutjazz.com. Retrieved March 7, 2016.

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