Brad Mehldau Trio / Avishai Cohen Trio
- June 26, 2023
- 8:00 pm
- Koerner Hall
- Sold Out
The TD Toronto Jazz Festival presents a double-bill featuring two of the most exciting and important trios in contemporary jazz.
Avishai Cohen’s performance made possible in part by the Canada-Israel Cultural Foundation
One of the most lyrical and intimate voices of contemporary jazz piano, Brad Mehldau has forged a unique path, which embodies the essence of jazz exploration, classical romanticism and pop allure. From critical acclaim as a bandleader to major international exposure in collaborations with Pat Metheny, Renee Fleming, and Joshua Redman, Mehldau continues to garner numerous awards and admiration from both jazz purists and music enthusiasts alike. His forays into melding musical idioms, in both trio (with Larry Grenadier on bass and Jeff Ballard on drums) and solo settings, has seen brilliant re-workings of songs by contemporary songwriters like The Beatles, Cole Porter, Radiohead, Paul Simon, Gershwin and Nick Drake; alongside the ever-evolving breath of his own significant catalogue of original compositions. With his self-proclaimed affection for popular music and classical training, “Mehldau is the most influential jazz pianist of the last 20 years” (The New York Times).
Over the last twenty five years, internationally acclaimed bassist, singer, and composer Avishai Cohen has grown to be one of the heavyweights of contemporary jazz, with a catalogue to rival those of even the most legendary in the field of jazz…and beyond. His captivating live performances , unique sound and musical statement are known throughout every corner of the world, attracting large live audiences, listeners and passionate fans - his music has shaped and influenced many. Cohen, who has always distinguished himself as a great promoter and discoverer of new, young gifted musicians, once again brings exceptional talent with this fresh new trio configuration - Guy Moskovich on piano and Israeli drummer Roni Kaspi.