Isaac Young Quartet

Isaac Young Quartet

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The Isaac Young Quartet bridges the gap between jazz idioms, blending the tradition of Charlie Parker to electric Miles Davis into its 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.

Biography

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.

As Young gained prominence as an up-and-coming jazz musician he was invited to perform in a number of Greater Hartford venues, including: Szechuan Tokyo, Sully's Pub, Vito's by the Park, Avon Old Farms Inn, Vegas Boulevard, Constitution Plaza, Blue Back Square 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.

Young has also been fortunate enough to play with the upcoming funk group The Goosepimp Orchestra, where they shared the bill with renowned artists like Max Creek, Strangefolk, and The Breakfast at Wormtown's "StrangeCreek Music Festival." Young's music is also featured in the upcoming independent film "A Tree of Contemplation."

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, Nat Reeves, Chris Casey, Kris Allen, and Peter Woodard. Young has also participated in numerous master classes with Eric Alexander, Jim Rotundi, David Hazeltine, Joe Farnsworth, Yusef Lateef, Barry Harris, Bill Belle, Dena DeRose, Alan Palmer, and Eddie Henderson. In addition, Young has spent two seasons performing in the prestigious Hartt School Big Band Concert Jazz Ensemble.

Eager to impart his love and knowledge of jazz and music in general to the next generation, Young teaches saxophone, flute, clarinet, piano and jazz improvisational techniques both in West Hartford and privately throughout New England.

Discography

The Alpha State (LP) - Isaac Young Quartet

Original Flavor (LP) - Jazz In V

Catalyst (LP) - Jazz In V

Set List

Known to never play the same show twice, the quartet caters its set lists to the venue and the performance. With a wide array of jazz standards in their repertoire, sets are an exciting mix of originals and innovations on old favorites.

A typical set is 45-55 minutes long -- see below

Notes From Reficul (Young)
Little Sunflower (Hubbard)
City Night Stroll (Young)
Train (Potter)
Traffic Court (Young)
Kemuri (Young)
Proper Temptress (Young)
Underground (Young)