Jazz trumpeter Avishai Cohen first came to my attention when Chad McCullough spoke with me about practice several months ago. I promptly checked him out and was psyched to discover a new favorite jazz trumpet player. He’s one of the most interesting players I’ve heard in a while; definitely check out his albums Triveni and After the Big Rain especially the track Parto Forte (also check out The Trumpet Player).
Avishai and Chad are two of the musicians I interviewed for my next book The Practice of Practice. The Kickstarter campaign for the book is LIVE, through April 11, 2014. Get the book at a reduced price and help to bring it into the world. Learn more here.
When I spoke with him, Avishai was in Chicago playing with his long-time friend, NY singer-songwriter Keren Ann (here’s a clip of them at a Tel Aviv show–Avishai plays and sings). Avishai agreed to hang out and chat about his take on practice. We went for sushi before the show, and I was so caught up in the hang that I neglected to turn on the recording for a while. Before I did, Avishai talked about the gig he’d done the night before at the Playboy Jazz Fest to a huge crowd, and we marveled at the weirdness of ass implants, the mastery of Eddie Palmieri, and a lot of other interesting stuff.
The quality of the recording isnt’ the greatest, and you might hear some sushi-related Japanese spoken in the background. Hope you enjoy.
As always, links to interesting/useful stuff we talked about can be found below.
- The Four Hour Work Week, by Tim Ferris
- Laurie Frink, trumpeter, master teacher
- Clinical Notes on Trumpet Playing, by Roger Ingram
- check out the NPR interview w/ Roger Ingram talking about being a sideman.
- Greg Gisbert (here’s a solo from him on Wind Machine with the Buddy Rich big band, solo starts @ 1:40)
- Downbeat interview with Herbie Hancock
- Downbeat’s The Great Jazz Interviews
- Christian McBride (music)
- Ornette Coleman (music)
- Avishai is on tour in Europe with the group Tea for Three (with Dave Douglas and Enrico Rava)