Trumpeter Avishai Cohen at Fat Cat

Avishai Cohen will be in residency at Fat Cat Jazz Club in New York City on November 10, 17, 24. The Avishai Cohen Group will include an exciting array of musicians: Yosvani Terry (sax & chekere), Sam Bar-Sheshet (piano), Jason Lindner (piano), Barak Mori (bass), Ben Street (bass), Omer Avital (bass), Eric McPherson (drums), Greg Hutchinson (drums). Avishai Cohen released his first album as a bandleader, “The Trumpet Player” with Jeff Ballard, John Sullivan and Joel Frahm on the Fresh Sound New Talent label. The record was chosen by Ben Ratliff of the New York Times as one of the records of the Sunday Times Playlist. Avishai also performs regularly with the acclaimed band Third World Love (with co-leaders Omer Avital, Daniel Freedman, and Yonatan Avishai, Their second album “Avanim” has been very successful in Israel and Europe and their third recording will be released in 2006.

While living in Tel Aviv, Israel, trumpeter Avishai Cohen was the trumpet player of choice for all leading jazz, rock, pop studio and television projects, recording with Israeli artists such as Shalom Chanoch, Arik Einstein, Asaf Amdurski and Eviatar Banai. He received a full scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, and was given the Clark Terry Award. In 1997, he placed third in the prestigious Thelonious Monk Jazz Trumpet Competition and was awarded second place in the Carmine Caruso Jazz Trumpet Competition.

Avishai has performed with artists such as Dave Liebman, the late Arnie Lawrence, Jimmy Heath, Mark Turner, George Garzone, Clark Terry, Ira Sullivan, Jason Lindner, Omer Avital, Jeff Ballard, Roy Hargrove and many more. Avishai is currently performing with vocalist Keren Ann, pianist Jason Lindner, the British band Oi Va Voi as well his own band, and recording continuously around NYC and in Europe.

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