Avishai Cohen

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Airs Thursday, August 13 at 9 p.m. SFJazz tackle the music of tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson. This episode of Jazz Night in America features interviews with the band on their personal connections with Henderson and we hear highlights from our first concert recorded at at new SFJazz Center. The current line-up of the SFJazz Collective features alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón, tenor saxophonist David Sánchez, vibraphonist Warren Wolf, trumpeter Avishai Cohen, trombonist Robin Eubanks, pianist Edward Simon, bassist Matt Penman and drummer Obed Calvaire.

Max Roach: bepop pioneer, drum innovator, social activist, teacher, and so much more. He blazed a path for jazz that burns brightest today in his former student Ali Jackson. Jackson -- himself a multi-hyphenate as percussion wizard, composer, and arranger – studied under Roach after meeting him at twelve. Many years later, Jackson pays tribute to his mentor with an all-star ensemble. This exclusive one-night celebration of Roach was captured by Jazz Night In America.

Airs Monday, December 9 at 8 p.m. The New York trumpet player performed with his sister, Anat, at the Newport Jazz Festival on August 7. What is it with trumpeter Avishai Cohen and triples lately? He recently recorded a pair of albums with his band Triveni, a free-swinging trio which showcases his fervent imagination. He's also one of three Cohen siblings in jazz's top echelon; Avishai invited his big sister Anat, the celebrated clarinet specialist, to join him here. Fresh off a European tour with Dave Douglas' Tea For Three project, Cohen performs with Triveni and special guests at Newport's Harbor Stage.