Trumpeter Avishai Cohen's latest album, "Cross My Palm With Silver," introduces new pieces with an exceptional quartet Gadi Lehavi (piano), Barak Mori (bass) and Marcus Gilmore (drums). The adroit interplay among the musicians allows Cohen to soar, making it clear why the pure-toned trumpeter is one of the most talked-about jazz musicians on the contemporary scene.
Cohen has received many accolades in the music world, including Best Foreign Artist by Jazz Magazine France and Rising Star-Trumpet in the Down Beat Critics Poll. He also leads Triveni (a trio with Omer Avital and Nasheet Waits), was a member of the SF Jazz Collective, and has been a featured soloist in a number of special ensembles, most recently in "Jazz 100". He records and tours the world with The 3 Cohens Sextet, with his sister, clarinetist-saxophonist Anat, and brother, saxophonist Yuval.
Cohen began performing in public at age 10, played his first solos with a big band, and toured with the Young Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra. He attended Berklee College of Music in Boston and placed third in the Thelonious Monk Jazz Trumpet Competition. Avishai came of age as a jazz player at the club Smalls in New York's West Village.
Cohen first recorded for ECM as part of saxophonist Mark Turner's quartet in September 2014. He has performed at the Village Vanguard and beyond with Turner, as well as in a band led by pianist Kenny Werner. Cohen has played often in the Mingus Big Band and Mingus Dynasty ensemble, and lent his horn to recordings by Anat Cohen, Yuval Cohen and keyboardist Jason Lindner, along with collaborating on stage with French-Israeli pop singer Keren Ann, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Indian Tabla Master Zakir Hussain. In addition to performing, Cohen was named the Artistic Director of the International Jerusalem Festival in 2015.
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