Isaac Young Quartet / Bio
Isaac Young bridges the gap between jazz and rock idioms, blending the tradition of Charlie Parker to The Beatles into his own unique sound. Young's compositions have a broad appeal to both jazz aficionados and the casual listeners, with twisting melodic lines over complex harmonies. Proficient on saxophone, EWI, piano, and organ, Young’s musical prowess has been impressing audiences for the past decade. Bringing in popular tunes and always pushing the musical envelope with his originals, Isaac Young’s music is an exciting and fresh take on jazz and rock fusion.
Young has been performing a mixture of fusion, bebop, funk and traditional jazz throughout New England since 2001. One of his first professional venues was the Ryles Jazz Club in Cambridge, MA, where as lead saxophone for Jazz In V he opened for World Leaders, a group known for its international jazz-fusion sound. Other Greater Boston jazz clubs where Young’s groups have headlined include: Zeitgeist Gallery in Cambridge, MA; The Natick Center for the Arts in Natick, MA; the Performing Arts Center of MetroWest and The Amazing Things Arts Center, both in Framingham, MA, Theodore’s in Springfield, MA and Strangecreek Music Festival in Greenfield, MA.
Young graduated in 2009 Summa Cum Laude from the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz at the Hartt School in West Hartford, CT, studying under an impressive roster of renowned jazz artists, including: Jimmy Greene, Rene McLean, Steve Davis, and Nat Reeves. Young has also participated in numerous master classes with legendary jazz masters including Hank Jones, Dena Derose, Randy Johnson, and Christian McBride. In addition, Young has spent two seasons performing in the prestigious Hartt School Big Band Concert Jazz Ensemble.
As Young gained prominence as an up-and-coming jazz musician he was invited to perform in a number of Greater Hartford venues, including: Bridge Street Live, Black Eyed Sally's, The Firebox, Billings Forge, La Paloma, Szechuan Tokyo, Sully's Pub, Vito's by the Park, Avon Old Farms Inn, Vegas Boulevard, Constitution Plaza, and the Comet Lounge. In 2007, Young and his quartet opened for the Hartford Symphony Orchestra at the Fourth of July celebration in Enfield, CT. The group’s energetic encore performance following the fireworks was enjoyed by a crowd of more than 40,000.
In Summer of 2011, Young debuted an incarnation of his group in a tour through New York City, lower New England, Connecticut, eventually ending at the legendary Nectar’s in Burlington, Vermont. Upon completion of their tour, Young joined the remaining members of 32nd Pulse to join musical forces creating a new project The Trio From Rio. Utilizing his multi-instrumental skills and compositional point of view, TTFR showcases Young’s unique approach to the melding of many musical styles.
Young also works with artist Amanda Marissa with whom he writes, orchestrates, records, and performs. With this project and others, this young lion has worked with legends in the music industry included Lew Soloff (Blood Sweat and Tears, Miles Davis, and Gil Evans orchestra), Eddie Montilla (Nelly, Chris Brown, Lil' Wayne), and other numerous producers and writers in the field.
- Band Members:
- Isaac Young - Sax, Jesse Combs - guitar, Jon Dostou - bass, Stephen Cusano - drums
- Artist Name:
- Isaac Young Quartet
- Home Page:
- Jazz / Funk / Fusion
- New Britain, CT
- Chris Potter
- Charlie Hunter
- Frank Zappa