Trumpeter Avishai Cohen – voted a Rising Star in the 2012 DownBeat Critics Poll – has earned praise as a musician with an individual sound and a questing spirit, an ever-creative player-composer open to multiple strains of jazz, active internationally as a leader, co-leader and sideman. The New York Times described him as “an assertive, accomplished trumpeter with a taste for modernism” as well as “an extravagantly skilled trumpeter, relaxed and soulful. . . deftly combining sensitivity and flair.” Avishai headlined the 2011 Newport Jazz Festival with his bold, thrilling trio Triveni, with double-bassist Omer Avital and drummer Nasheet Waits. Anzic Records released the trio’s second album, Triveni II – Avishai’s sixth recording as a leader – in 2012 to critical acclaim. The trumpeter also records and tours the world as part of the prestigious SFJAZZ Collective, as he does with The 3 Cohens Sextet – the hit family band co-led by his sister, clarinetist-saxophonist Anat, and brother, saxophonist Yuval. With The 3 Cohens, Avishai has twice headlined the hallowed Village Vanguard, and appeared on the cover of the January 2012 issue of DownBeat.