A year after his impressionistic, award winning and critically-lauded ECM debut Into The Silence, Avishai Cohen’s Cross My Palm With Silver (May 5th, 2017) introduces a program of new pieces which put the focus on the ensemble, on teamwork, with an exceptional quartet featuring Yonathan Avishai (piano), Barak Mori (bass) and Nasheet Waits (drums). The adroit interplay among the musicians allows Avishai Cohen to soar, making it clear why the pure-toned trumpeter is one of the most talked-about jazz musicians on the contemporary scene.

In 2016 alone, Cohen was named “Best Foreign Artist” by Jazz Magazine France, while Into the Silence was awarded “Best Album of the Year” by TSF Jazz and Academie du Jazz, and in the top 20 albums of the year by JazzTimes. For four years running, Cohen has been voted a Rising Star-Trumpet in the Down Beat Critics Poll. Along with leading his quartet, the trumpeter has led Triveni (a trio with Omer Avital and Nasheet Waits) for over a decade, was a member of the prestigious SFJAZZ Collective for six years, and has been a featured soloist in a number of special ensembles – most recently in “Jazz 100” alongside Danilo Perez, Lizz Wright, Chris Potter and Wycliffe Gordon. He also records and tours the world with The 3 Cohens Sextet, the hit family band with his sister, clarinetist-saxophonist Anat, and brother, saxophonist Yuval. Declared All About Jazz: “To the ranks of the Heaths of Philadelphia, the Joneses of Detroit and the Marsalises of New Orleans, fans can now add the 3 Cohens of Tel Aviv.”

The trumpeter began performing in public in 1988 at age 10, playing his first solos with a big band and eventually touring with the Young Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra to perform under the likes of maestros Zubin Mehta, Kurt Masur and Kent Nagano. Having worked with Israeli folk and pop artists in his native country and appeared on television early on, Cohen arrived as an experienced professional musician when he took up a full scholarship at Berklee College of Music in Boston. In 1997, the young musician established an international reputation by placing third in the Thelonious Monk Jazz Trumpet Competition. Avishai came of age as a jazz player as part of the fertile scene at the club Smalls in New York’s West Village.

Cohen first recorded for ECM as part of saxophonist Mark Turner’s quartet on Lathe of Heaven, released in September 2014. The trumpeter has performed at the Village Vanguard and beyond with Turner, as well as widely in a band led by pianist Kenny Werner. Cohen has played often in the Mingus Big Band and Mingus Dynasty ensemble, and he has lent his horn to recordings by Anat Cohen, Yuval Cohen and keyboardist Jason Lindner, along with collaborating on stage with French-Israeli pop singer Keren Ann, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Indian Tabla Master Zakir Hussain. In addition to performing, Cohen was named the Artistic Director of the International Jerusalem Festival in 2015.

As with Into The Silence, Cross My Palm With Silver was produced by Manfred Eicher at Studios La Buissonne in the south of France. It was released on the eve of a European tour, with concerts in France, Italy, Spain, Luxembourg, Great Britain, Switzerland, Germany and the Netherlands and followed by a worldwide tour in the Fall of 2017.

Au cours des quatre dernières années, Cohen est arrivé en tête du référendum critique de DownBeat en tant que « star montante de la trompette ». En plus de diriger le trio Triveni avec Omer Avital et Nasheet Waits, le trompettiste est membre du SF Jazz Collective depuis 6 ans. On a également pu l’entendre au sein du 3 Cohens Sextet, le groupe familial dont il partage la direction avec sa sœur Anat (à la fois clarinettiste et saxophoniste) et son frère Yuval (saxophoniste). Comme l’a écrit All About Jazz: “Aux côtés des Heath de Philadelphie, des Jones de Detroit et des Marsalis de la Nouvelle- Orléans, les fans peuvent désormais rajouter les 3 Cohen de Tel Aviv.”

Le trompettiste a commencé de se produire en public en 1988 à peine âgé de 10 ans, improvisant ses premiers solos en big band et participant occasionnellement aux tournées du Young Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra sous la direction de chefs d’orchestre aussi réputés que Zubin Mehta, Kurt Masur ou Kent Nagano. Après avoir travaillé avec des artistes israéliens de folk et de pop et être à plusieurs reprises passé à la télévision de son pays, c’est en tant que musicien professionnel déjà plein d’expériences que Cohen débarque finalement au prestigieux Berklee College of Music de Boston pour y suivre l’enseignement. En 1997, le jeune musicien acquiert soudain une réputation internationale en se classant troisième au Concours de trompette de jazz Thelonious Monk. Avishai parvient finalement à se faire un nom en tant que musicien de jazz en participant activement à la bouillonnante scène fédérée par le club Smalls dans le West Village de New York.

Cohen a enregistré son premier disque ECM (paru en septembre 2014) au sein du quartet du saxophoniste Mark Turner (Lathe of Heaven). Le trompettiste s’est produit au prestigieux Village Vanguard en compagnie de Turner, ainsi que très souvent dans un groupe dirigé par le pianiste Kenny Werner. Cohen est par ailleurs un fidèle partenaire du Mingus Big Band ainsi que de l’ensemble Mingus Dynasty. Il a participé au fil des années aux disques de musiciens comme Anat Cohen, Yuval Cohen ou encore le claviériste Jason Lindner, collaborant également sur scène et en studio avec la chanteuse pop franco-israélienne Keren Ann. En plus de son activité de musicien, Cohen a été nommé en 2015 Directeur artistique du Festival International de Jerusalem.