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The Jazz Session #35: Avishai Cohen (Trumpet)

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On the new episode of The Jazz Session, Jason Crane interviews trumpeter and composer Avishai Cohen. (Not to be confused with bassist and composer Avishai Cohen.) Cohen is at the center of a vibrant musical scene in New York City -- full of experimentation, melding musical styles, and an appetite for adventure. More than that, Cohen is a philosopher-musician, using his compositions to explore larger societal questions. His 2007 album After The Big Rain (Anzic Records, 2007) looks at the planet after a worldwide flood. The album is the final part of a trilogy (although Part 3 was recorded first) that explores the steps leading up to the flood, the flood itself, and its aftermath.

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About The Jazz Session & Jason Crane

Jason Crane is the host and producer of The Jazz Session, the weekly jazz interview show. He was born in 1973 in Lenox, Massachusetts, home of Tanglewood and former home of the famed Music Inn and the Lenox School of Jazz. He began his career as a soprano sax player in jazz, latin jazz and funk bands in Arizona, Pennsylvania, and right here on Hilton Head Island. Jason also worked as an on-air host for KUAT and KUAZ in Tucson, AZ; as a news announcer for Bloomberg Radio in Tokyo, Japan; and as Tokyo business correspondent for NPR's Morning Edition; and at WXXI in Rochester, NY. From 2001-2004, Jason was station manager and jazz host at Jazz90.1 in Rochester, NY.

Jason is a regular contributor to All About Jazz and to The Guide, the weekly entertainment magazine of The Island Packet newspaper on Hilton Head Island, SC.

Jason has interviewed hundreds of jazz artists on the radio and for The Jazz Session, including: John Abercrombie, Karrin Allyson, Billy Bang, Gene Bertoncini, Bill Bruford, Don Byron, Jack DeJohnette, Kahil El'Zabar, Wayne Escoffery, Wycliffe Gordon, Benny Green, Fred Hersch, Bill Holman, Charlie Hunter, Norah Jones, Les McCann, Bobby McFerrin, Jane Monheit, Jason Moran, David “Fathead" Newman, Houston Person, Bobby Sanabria, David Sanborn, John Scofield, David Torn, Mirsolav Vitous, Eberhard Weber, Bobby Watson, Jeff “Tain" Watts, Fred Wesley, and Matt Wilson.

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