"An extravangantly skilled trumpeter... relaxed and soulful...he deftly combined sensitivity and flair."
- The New York Times
Avishai Cohen Triveni
Featuring: Avishai Cohen, trumpet
Ben Street, bass
Jeff Ballard, drums
Trumpeter Avishai Cohen – voted a Rising Star in the 2012 DownBeat Critics Poll – has earned renown as a musician with an individual sound and a questing spirit, an ever-creative player-composer open to multiple strains of jazz and active internationally as a leader, co-leader and sideman. , JazzTimes declared: “Cohen is a multi-cultural jazz musician, among whose ancestors is Miles Davis. Like Davis, he can make the trumpet a vehicle for uttering the most poignant human cries.” Avishai played a headlining set at the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival, leading his thrilling trio Triveni with double-bassist Omer Avital and drummer Nasheet Waits. Anzic Records will release the trio’s second album, Triveni II – Avishai’s sixth recording as a leader – in October 2012. The trumpeter also records and tours the world as part of the prestigious SF Jazz Collective, as he does with The 3 Cohens Sextet – the hit family band with his sister, clarinetist-saxophonist Anat, and brother, saxophonist Yuval. With The 3 Cohens, Avishai has twice headlined the hallowed Village Vanguard, as well as appeared on the cover of the January 2012 issue of DownBeat. He is also co-leader of Third World Love, a longstanding multicultural venture with bassist Omer Avital, pianist Yonatan Avishai and drummer Daniel Freedman.
Born and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel, Avishai began performing in public in 1988 at age 10. He was educated at the Berklee College of Music in Boston on a full scholarship, and he placed third in the Thelonious Monk Jazz Trumpet Competition in 1997. His discography as a leader includes The Trumpet Player (Fresh Sounds New Talent, 2002), After The Big Rain (Anzic, 2007), Flood (Anzic, 2008), Seven (Anzic, 2008), Introducing Triveni (Anzic, 2010) and Triveni II (Anzic, 2012). Reviewing Triveni live at the Jazz Standard, The New York Times praised Avishai as “an extravagantly skilled trumpeter, relaxed and soulful. . . deftly combining sensitivity and flair.” As a sideman, Avishai has recently toured in headlining bands led by Kenny Werner and Mark Turner. He has lent his trumpet to recordings by Anat Cohen, Yuval Cohen and Jason Lindner, along with collaborating with singer-songwriter Keren Ann. As a teacher, Avishai gives courses at Siena Jazz in Italy, along with holding masterclasses from Israel and Barcelona to Winnipeg and Berklee in Boston.