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Primary Instrument: Piano

Born: June 22, 1958    

MARK ISAACS “A splendid musical mind” LOS ANGELES TIMES

Australian-based pianist-composer Mark Isaacs (b. 1958) has pursued a unique and demanding career path that has seen him gain international acclaim in both jazz and classical music. Such diversity was nurtured in the crucible of a highly musical family.

Mark's uncle was the legendary British jazz guitarist Ike Isaacs, who worked for many years with jazz violinist Stephane Grapelli and was on friendly terms with many of the biggest names in jazz. Duke Ellington came for dinner one time and there were visits from George Benson, Joe Pass, Wes Montgomery, Barney Kessel and many others. As Mark grew older he would have informal jams with some of the famous musicians who would visit the Isaacs household....
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    Duende

    Gracemusic
    2013
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    Aurora

    Gracemusic
    2011
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    Tell It Like It Is

    ABC Jazz
    2010
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    Tell It Like It Is

    ABC Jazz
    2009
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    Resurgence

    ABC Jazz
    2007
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    Visions

    Vorticity Music
    2006
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    Keeping The Standards

    Vorticity Music
    2004
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Duende

Gracemusic (2013)

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“The work of an artist capable of matching the rich elements of classical composition with the flowing rhythms of jazz . . the product of a splendid musical mind” LOS ANGELES TIMES

“propelled by a winning combination of sharp rhythms and lyrical melodies” NEW YORK TIMES

“The great modern Australian pianist/composer is no stranger to Moscow audiences . . pure, crisp and vehement . . I never thought that jazz was still so much alive” MOSCOW TRIBUNE

“Monstrously brilliant....a prodigious group driven by a charismatic genius.... put [Isaacs] in a pair of iridescent orange Converse basketball boots and he becomes a stage demon......

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