Blue Note Signs Bassist Avishai Cohen

Blue Note Records has announced that its French team has signed a worldwide deal with bassist/composer/singer and bandleader Avishai Cohen. His debut release for Blue Note, which will be his 11th album as an ensemble leader, will be recorded in December 2008 in Paris with the release scheduled for spring 2009.

Born April 20, 1970 in Israel, Cohen is considered one of the biggest new stars on the international jazz scene. In 2003 he made a studio recording with pop-soul artist Alicia Keys, he has performed concert works with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the Boston Pops Symphony and most recently was appointed Artistic Director for the Eilat Red Sea Festival.

Cohen will be a featured artist in this year’s Blue Note Rec Festival in Paris in April 2009, one of the events scheduled across the globe to celebrate the label’s 70th anniversary.

For more information visit Avishai Cohen Music

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Jeff Tamarkin is the former editor of Goldmine, CMJ, Relix, and Global Rhythm. As a writer he has contributed to the New York Daily News, JazzTimes, Boston Phoenix, Harp, Mojo, Newsday, Billboard, and many other publications. He is the author of the book Got a Revolution: The Turbulent Flight of Jefferson Airplane and has contributed to The Guinness Companion to Popular Music, All Music Guide, and several other encyclopedias. He has also served as a consultant to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, NARAS, National Geographic Online, and Music Club Records.