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Third World Love: Live From 92Y Tribeca

Avishai Cohen of Third World Love.MoreCloseclosemore
Avishai Cohen of Third World Love.

The quartet Third World Love, made up of three Israelis and one New Yorker, plays acoustic music with the feel of small-group jazz and the rhythmic trusses of the Mediterranean and Middle East. There's an earthy, polyglot folk flavor to the band's five records — the new Songs and Portraits comes out days before this show — and a bit of dance-floor audacity, too. Avishai Cohen (trumpet), Yonatan Avishai (piano), Omer Avital (bass) and Daniel Freedman (drums) deliver mightily on execution, as one might expect from a collection of jazz-trained virtuosos.

Third World Love followed the band Now vs. Now on a double bill in downtown New York City, presented by The Checkout: Live concert series. The shows were broadcast on air via WBGO and in an online video webcast on NPR Music on April 26. For more information about this series and a full concert archive, visit

Set List

  • "Bedouin Roots"
  • "Nature's Dance" [video highlight]
  • "Sandrine"
  • "It Could Have Been Uganda"
  • "Alona"
  • "La Suite Africain"
  • "Third World Love Story"


  • Avishai Cohen, trumpet
  • Yonatan Avishai, piano
  • Omer Avital, bass
  • Daniel Freedman, drums


Producer and Host: Josh Jackson; Audio Engineer: David Tallacksen; Production Assistant: Michael Downes. Recorded April 26, 2012 at 92Y Tribeca in New York, N.Y.

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