Avishai Cohen (bassist)

One of the great virtuosos of the string bass, Avishai Cohen (not to be confused with the trumpeter of the same name) was the first Israeli to become a major jazz musician. He was born in Israel in 1970 and was originally a pianist, starting when he was 11. Cohen played piano with his high school jazz band but, inspired by Jaco Pastorius, switched to the electric bass, eventually doubling on acoustic. He attended the Music & Arts High School in Jerusalem, served in the Israeli Army for two years, and gigged in Israel. In 1992 he moved to New York, at first working day jobs and studying music at Mannes College. Soon he was an important part of the New York jazz scene and he has worked with Brad Mehldau, Ravi Coltrane, Wynton Marsalis, Joshua Redman, Paquito D’Rivera, Roy Hargrove, Leon Parker, Bobby McFerrin, Nnenna Freelon, Claudia Acuna and Danilo Perez, recording Panamonk with Perez in 1996. His most important association was with Chick Corea, who signed Cohen to his Stretch label, recorded his first album (Adama), and featured him playing with his quintet Origin and with his trio. The musical communication between Cohen and Corea was often remarkable. Avishai Cohen, who recorded with Alicia Keys in 2003 and has performed with a few philharmonic orchestras, has led CDs of his own for Stretch and his own RazDaz label. His current trio features pianist Shai Maestro and drummer Mark Guiliana.

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Articles on Avishai Cohen (bassist)

04/26/14    Albums    By Michael J. West

Duende
Avishai Cohen

08/25/12    Features    By Jeff Tamarkin

Essential Jazz Oud Albums

12/22/11    Albums    By Philip Booth

Seven Seas
Avishai Cohen

09/06/10    News    By Lee Mergner

Celebrating Ornette Coleman

January/February 2009    Critics Picks    By JazzTimes

2008 Year in Review: Top 50 CDs

August 2008    Albums    By Bill Milkowski

Gently Disturbed
Avishai Cohen Trio

May 2008    Features    By Andrew Gilbert

The Israeli Jazz Wave: Promised Land to Promised Land

January/February 2008    Albums    By Steve Greenlee

Braid
3 Cohens

July/August 2007    Albums    By Steve Greenlee

As Is … Live at the Blue Note
Avishai Cohen

September 2006    Albums    By Mike Shanley

Continuo
Avishai Cohen

September 2006    Albums    By Mike Shanley

Continuo
Avishai Cohen

January/February 2006    DVDs    By Larry Appelbaum

Rendezvous in New York
Chick Corea

October 2005    Eighty-Eights    By Steve Futterman

Simplicitas
Edward Simon

June 2005    Albums    By Nate Chinen

At Home
Avishai Cohen

June 2005    Albums    By Nate Chinen

At Home
Avishai Cohen

December 2003    Albums    By Nate Chinen

Lyla
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December 2001    Albums    By John Litweiler

Unity
Avishai Cohen with the International Vamp Band

05/06/01    Concerts    By Doug Ramsey

Chick Corea New Trio Live in Seattle

January/February 2001    Albums    By Nancy Ann Lee

Colors
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October 1999    Albums    By Bill Bennett

Devotion
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Events featuring Avishai Cohen (bassist)

Albums

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Colors

Stretch
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Devotion

Stretch
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Unity

Stretch
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Lyla

Razdaz/Sunnyside
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At Home

Razdaz/Sunnyside
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Simplicitas

Criss Cross Jazz
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Continuo

Razdaz
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Braid

Anzic
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As Is … Live at the Blue Note

Half Note Records
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Gently Disturbed

Razdaz/Sunnyside
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