Avishai Cohen (trumpeter)

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

Avishai Cohen
Cohen with the SFJAZZ Collective in 2015
Cohen with the SFJAZZ Collective in 2015
Background information
Born1978 (age 41–42)
Tel Aviv, Israel
GenresJazz, post-bop, bebop
Occupation(s)Musician, composer, bandleader
LabelsECM, Anzic, Fresh Sound
Associated actsSFJAZZ Collective, Lemon Juice Quartet, Third World Love, 3 Cohens, Triveni, Tea for 3


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 initially frequently confused with the 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] He is married and has two children.[1]


Avishai Cohen performing at WOMEX 15, Budapest

As leaderEdit

Third World LoveEdit

  • 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 CohensEdit

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

Omer AvitalEdit

  • 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 groupsEdit

  • 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 Heaven (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 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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