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Catching Up with Trumpeter Avishai Cohen

Doing it for the art, of course…but also for the paycheck

Avishai Cohen at SFJAZZ's groundbreaking ceremony
The 3 Cohens: Avishai, Yuval and Anat, Tel Aviv, 2011

Trumpeter Avishai Cohen has emerged in the past decade as one of the rising stars of jazz. The brother of saxophonist/clarinetist Anat and saxophonist Yuval Cohen, he he attended the Berklee College of Music in the late ’90s and placed third in the 1997 Thelonious Monk Jazz Trumpet Competition, after which he began his career in earnest in New York City. In 2011 he joined the SFJAZZ Collective.

Cohen was touring behind his latest album, Triveni II (Anzic, 2012), when Marta Ramón caught up with him in Valencia, Spain, where he was performing with the bassist Omer Avital in a trio that was completed by Spanish drummer Iago Fernández.

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