Swing Jazz Band

Big Band from Chicago, IL Will travel up to 10 miles

  • Member Since 2014
  • Starting at $450 per event

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Percussionist * Drummer * Band Leader * * With his edgy style and innovative beats, jazz and blues drummer Isaiah Spencer has carved out a unique reputation in Chicago and on the national and international music stage. Not only has the North Side native performed at the Chicago Blues Festival, the Englewood Blues Festival, Jazz Showcase, the House of Blues and Rosa's, he has taken the stage to perform with legends like Fred Anderson, William Parker and Ernest Dawkins. The Chicago Tribune's Music Critic, Howard Reich, has called his sound "propulsive" and "incendiary." Chris Searle, culture writer for the Morning Star said his sound is "fiery." Isaiah started playing the drums at church when he was in the third grade. By the time he was in the fifth grade, he joined the George Manierre Elementary School band. He has not looked back since then. He received a scholarship to study music in Chicago's MERIT program. At Lincoln Park High School, he concentrated on studying music, harmony, concert band and orchestra. He also was a member of the school's jazz band. Isaiah has studied under Dr. Curtis Prince in Chicago's All-City Jazz Band and he was a part of the Ravinia Jazz in the Schools program where he was nurtured by Dana Hall and Ernie Adams. He studied music performance at Roosevelt University in Chicago. Since 1998 Isaiah has been an active figure in the Chicago, national and international jazz scene. He has graced the stage with jazz and blues greats Buddy Guy, Clark Terry, Roy Hargrove and Donald Harrison. He also regularly performs with other young lions like Corey Wilkes, Maurice Brown and Kevin Nabors. He toured the country for five years performing live with the Guy King Little Big Band. Isaiah has served as a mentor and inspiration to under-privileged children in Chicago. He directs his own drum camp program and through his volunteering teaches children how music can help propel one to greater heights despite obstacles. He teaches percussion at Chicago Jesuit Academy.

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