Isaac Young Quartet
West Hartford, CT
Jam / Funk / Jazz
Good Morning everyone!
It has been a few weeks since our last show, but we are back in full force
for our Spring mini-tour! We are kicking things off tonight at Wesleyan University's
radio station WESU (88.1 FM) from 8-9pm on Voice of The City with J-Cherry. Tonight
we will be performing some new material live in the studio and we will be talking
about our upcoming shows this week and next. If you are near a radio in Connecticut,
tune in to 88.1FM to catch the show, or go on www.wesufm.org and click "live
stream" if you are outside the CT area.
On Friday we are making the journey down to Bridgeport, CT in the Black
Rock neighborhood for our debut performance at BRYAC. This venue has become the
epicenter for funk and jam bands alike and we are beyond excited to play a FREE
show there on Friday. We will be playing three sets starting at 10:00pm.
Next week is a big one for us! We will be going northeast to Putnam, CT
to The Stomping Ground on Wednesday for another FREE show. This is one of the hippest
clubs on the Rhode Island border with amazing food and a lot of national talent
coming through. We start at 8:00pm and will be playing two extended sets.
Then, on Thursday April 3rd, we are making our first return to NYC since
2011! Please join us on the LES at Pianos on Ludlow St. for an incredible night
of music. We are in support of Daphne Lee Martin's CD release of Frost. We will
be going on at 10:00pm followed by Daphne (with Isaac on keys in her band!). Tickets
are available through ticketmaster here: http://www.ticketmaster.com/Daphne-Lee-Martin-tickets/artist/1958769
After this small run of shows we will be off for a bit to write more tunes
and prepare for our small tour up to Maine and New Hampshire this summer. Hope to
see you at a show!
(Isaac, Steve, Jon, Jesse)
"The Isaac Young Quartet has been nominated twice for a New England Music Award.
The funk-jam band from Hartford, Connecticut is constantly lumped into the jazz
category because their particular compositions are complex and challenging to play.
Yet, the band’s namesake, Isaac Young, is still ecstatic about the dual recognition.
“It was a true honor,” Young said. “It was amazing because it was
our second nomination. Actually, during the first nomination, I was getting my home
inspected. I just bought a house last year. We got a phone call from someone who
was like ’Hey, you’ve been nominated for this award.’ And the
first year we were blown away. Just getting the nod from it two years ago was ago
was a big enough honor. Then to get it for the second year in a row, we were all
beside ourselves. It was a great statement that people are listening.” Recognizing
that his Isaac Young Quartet is not a mainstream band playing conventional pop tunes...[cont.]" Bill
Copeland, Bill Copeland Music Reviews
"We kind of do the
jam-band circuit as well as the jazz circuit," explains Isaac Young, whose group
took the Best Jazz spot at the CT Music Awards last year and has been "riding that
wave of momentum" ever since. "We've been trying to blur the line for people between
straight-ahead jazz, bebop, swing and everything, and the jam-band scene, like funk
and danceable music and things of that nature," he says. The band never repeats
a show and never plays a song the same way twice. Instead of just trading off solos
like typical jazz bands, they have moments of collective improvisation in which
the music takes on a life of its own. In addition to performing, everyone in the
band teaches in the West Hartford / Hartford area where they're based. The group
originally formed in 2006 with a different lineup, and kept mutating until they
discovered the lineup and sound they've currently got. Since 2011 the core group
has been: Isaac Young on sax and piano, Jesse Combs on guitar, Jon Dostou...cont Mike
Sembos, The Hartford Advocate
"The jazz world is roomy,
with many corners to explore.
There's the academic scene, always looking to progress the game a step or two, wary
of retracing steps and just fine with alienating a few listeners, thanks. There's
also smooth jazz, hugely popular with mainstream listeners and best enjoyed during
trips to the dentist.
Somewhere in between lurk the jam-band jazzers — purveyors of accessible, groove-oriented
funk for ass-shaking and stretched-out, rock-influenced improvisations. They approach
jazz with brains and libido. It will entertain the Cabernet-sipping night club set,
but mostly it succeeds at animating throngs of stoned noodle-dancers.
The Isaac Young Quartet, who'll open for pianist Marco Benevento at Arch Street Tavern
on Thursday, wear the patchouli proudly. But it wasn't necessarily a conscious decision
to seek out the jam-band scene.
Continued...please click link to finish article." Michael Hamad, The Hartford Advocate
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