By Laman Ismayilova
New jazz project Baku Summer Jazz Days, organized by the producer agency Premier Art Management jointly with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, will be presented at the International Mugham Center on June 4-8.
Five concerts with musicians from different countries will be held as part of the project.
Let's get to know singer one of the festivals participates Israeli trumpeter Avishai Cohen and his quartet.
At age ten, Avishai began playing with many bands. As a teenager he toured with the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by such maestros as Zubin Mehta, Kurt Masur and Kent Nagano.
Performing with pop and folk artists, Cohen established himself as a professional musician and received a scholarship at Berklee College of Music in Boston. In 1997, the artist consolidated his international reputation by taking the honorable third place at the contest of trumpeters Thelonious Monk Jazz.
He recorded his first album in 2003.His brothers are also very talented musicians.
The 3 Cohens are that sort of uncommon collective, a trio of siblings from Tel Aviv, Israel – tenor saxophonist/clarinetist Anat Cohen, trumpeter Avishai Cohen and soprano saxophonist Yuval Cohen.
Avishai Cohen is called by critics as a rising star of the American jazz scene. Experts note his individual sound and constant creative search. He brilliantly combines various styles of performance. Cohen has stated that he was very heavily influenced by Miles Davis. He is among the most influential and acclaimed figures in the history of jazz and 20th century music.
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.
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 Ziv Ravitsz (drums).
Israeli jazz trumpet has become one of the most discussed artists on modern scene.
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