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Marty Isenberg Big Band

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Primary Instrument: Band/orchestra

Active since: November 20, 1985    

The Marty Isenberg Big Band is a New York-based group that breathes new life into the tradition of independent big bands. Skillfully juggling styles, Marty Isenberg’s compositions have all the layered emotions of a symphonic composer with the gritty cleverness of an alternative rocker. The band was formed in 2006 by a frustrated undergraduate at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, whose dwindling composition program failed to offer him the performance opportunities he though were necessary in the development of a composer. Not rounding up the typical high profile players at the New School, Marty sought players who thought less rigidly about music, and would share his passion and vision for a large ensemble that played without boundaries...
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“Marty Isenberg goes where others fear to tread” -Bill Kirchner, Composer/jazz historian/WBGO Correspondent

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