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There are two artists of this name: an Israeli jazz bassist and an Israeli jazz trumpet player Avishai E. Cohen.

1. Avishai Cohen (born 1970 in Jerusalem) is an Israeli jazz bassist, composer and arranger. He was raised by a musical family, and as a child he started playing piano. After a few years he moved to the bass guitar. Later, after playing in the army for a while, he moved to New York City. After performing some small clubs, he was noticed by Chick Corea and was given a record contract. He has performed in two of Chick Corea’s bands, “Origin” and the “Chick Corea New Trio”.

After having recorded “Adama” in 1997 and “Colors” three years later, Avishai decided to create his own label in 2003. The label released its debut CD, “Lyla” in September 2003. In February of 2005 Razdaz Recordz released “At Home”, an album that was arguably Avishai Cohen’s most compelling and striking new recording to date.

That is until the artist conceived of, and recorded his newest studio CD, the spectacularly beautiful, “Continuo”. Cohen’s third recording on his label Razdaz Recordz, and his seventh as a leader, was recorded in Gothenburg, Sweden in December 2005 with Avishai’s core trio of pianist/keyboardist Sam Barsh and drummer/percussionist Mark Guiliana.

New album “Gently Disturbed” released in 2008 performed by Avishai’s trio. Avishai also shows more of his “Avishai Cohen & Ensemble” on their world tour.

2. Avishai E. Cohen - trumpet player, who received the Clark Terry award. He recorded under his own name, with his brother and sister as the ‘3 Cohens’, and with ‘Third World Love’. Bio excerpt from his website (


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