Avishai Cohen (trumpeter)
Not related to bassist Avishai Cohen but the brother of saxophonists Anat and Yuval Cohen, Avishai Cohen is a talented trumpeter from Israel who has a flexible and modern style. He began performing when he was 10 and toured the world with the Young Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra. Cohen picked up a lot of experience playing in Israel with jazz, rock and pop groups, also working in the studios and on television projects. He moved to the United States to attend the Berklee School of Music. In 1997 he came in third place at the Thelonious Monk Jazz Trumpet Competition. Since graduating from Berklee, Cohen has played regularly at Small’s in New York and with such notables as Jason Lindner, bassist Omer Avital, Claudia Acuna, and the San Francisco Jazz Collective when it featured Joshua Redman and Bobby Hutcherson. Cohen has also toured with singer Keren Ann, and worked with Third World Love and the avant-garde Lemon Juice Quartet. Cohen leads a funk-oriented band with bassist Me-shell Ndegeocello and drummer Adam Deitch, heads a trumpet-bass-drums trio called Triveni, and has teamed up with his siblings in 3 Cohens. Avishai Cohen has led two albums of his own (The Trumpet Player and After the Big Rain) and also recorded with Third World Love, 3 Cohens, separately with Anat Cohen and Yuval Cohen, Omer Avital, the Jason Lindner Big Band, the Waverly 7, Keren Ann, Yosvany Terry, Dafnis Prieto and the Lemon Juice Quartet.