The Cohens Bring Israeli Sound to SFJazz

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Tuesday October 05, 2010

From The San Francisco Chronicle

Israeli Musicians Bring Global Sound to SFJazz
By Jesse Hamlin

It’s hard to keep track of all the brilliant young Israeli jazz musicians on the scene these days. Three of New York’s finest – trumpeter Avishai Cohen, his woodwind-playing sister Anat Cohen and bassist Omer Avital – will dig into a rich range of music Saturday on a San Francisco Jazz Festival bill at Congregation Sherith Israel.

The concert pairs Avishai’s bracing new trio, Triveni, featuring Avital and drummer Obed Calvaire (subbing for regular drummer Nasheet Waits), and Anat’s prime quartet. It features pianist Jason Linder, an adventurous composer and bandleader who was at the center of the scene at Smalls, the Greenwich Village club that in the 1990s became a hub for creative young musicians who draw freely on music they love: bebop and funk, Latin, Middle Eastern and African grooves.

The Cohens, who grew up in Tel Aviv, were part of that scene, moving to New York after studying at Boston’s Berklee College of Music in the late 1990s.

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