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Isaiah J. Thompson

From West Orange, NJ, Isaiah began studying piano classically at the age of five, and eventually branched out to other styles and genres. After discovering how much fun it was to play jazz, he began to study jazz privately and was soon performing with Jazz House Kids and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra. Isaiah is a 3-time winner for Outstanding Achievement from the Music Educators Association and an Outstanding Soloist at both the Essentially Ellington and Mingus competitions. In recent years he has participated in the 2014 Vail Jazz Workshop, the 2015 GRAMMY Jazz Combo and was invited to participate in the Jazz at Lincoln Center’s (JALC) 2015 inaugural Summer Jazz Academy by Wynton Marsalis. Isaiah was a jazz piano winner for the National YoungArts Foundation and the recipient of the Horace Parlan Talent Award in Copenhagen. Recently he has traveled multiple times to Bern, Switzerland to perform in the Bern Jazz Festival as a member of the New Legacy Quartet, and later with his own quartet in Marian’s Jazzroom. Isaiah has traveled to Bolivia with The Juilliard School and to Peru with Jazz House Kids, to tour and play around Lima and Cuzco as a part of a music cultural exchange. A major highlight was being invited to play in the Rose Theater for the JALC Orchestra’s season opening performances of A Handful of Keys: A Century of Jazz Piano that featured Dick Hyman, Larry Willis, Joey Alexander, Helen Sung, Myra Melford, himself, and Dan Nimmer

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