Can there be any doubt that the Israeli Jazz & World Music Festival achieved critical mass this year?
The third annual event ran nine days and spanned the city north to south (plus Evanston), culminating on Friday night with trumpeter Avishai Cohen drawing a capacity crowd to the Old Town School of Folk Music’s Szold Hall. It was a fitting finale to this most intimate of jazz fests, with most performances having unfolded in comparably snug spaces, such as the Green Mill and Constellation.
No performer made more of this proximity between artist and audience than Cohen, whose profoundly lyrical art thrives in that kind of hothouse environment.
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