Isamu McGregor Isamu McGregor

Los Angeles-based pianist/keyboardist Isamu McGregor's versatility has helped him to become an extremely in-demand musician and musical director around the globe. Described as a “pianist for the new generation” and a “jazz pianist and keyboard player of the first order”, Isamu maintains a busy touring schedule while continuing to compose and perform his own music.

Over the years, he has had the good fortune to perform with a “dizzying variety of collaborators” across a multitude of genres, including Richard Bona (keyboards 2015-2018), Colbie Caillat (keyboards/bandleader 2015-present), Natalia Lafourcade, Tortured Soul, Patti Austin, GZA (Wu-Tang Clan), Bennie Maupin, Sadao Watanabe, Wayne Krantz, Virgil Donati (keyboards 2014-2017) and many more. He has toured extensively since 2014, having performed in over 30 countries.

As a bandleader, McGregor has released two albums - Resonance (2017) and Live at the Baked Potato (2012) - that have both received a warm global reception from critics. Bass clarinetist Bennie Maupin and saxophonist Seamus Blake make guest appearances on Resonance, along with the core quartet that McGregor has recorded with on both albums: Evan Marien (bass), Gene Coye (drums) and Deen Anbar (guitar).

McGregor is proud to to be an artist endorser for Nord Keyboards, Mono Cases and Mogami Cables.

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”Resonance”

BEST OF 2017: Best Jazz2K Releases: “A sizzling date that includes cameos by reed wizards (and, not surprisingly, former employers) Seamus Blake and Bennie Maupin...expertly mixing electric and acoustic elements on pieces that never fail to surprise in their direction and intensity.” Nippertown

BEST MUSIC OF 2017: The Critics' Picks: “[This] versatile keyboardist expands the sound of his jazz on this creative, kaleidoscopic album.” Local Spins

“It has been five years since the release of pianist Isamu McGregor's debut, and his 'Resonance' turns out to be well worth the wait...a genre defying and eclectic collection...a major step forward in terms of McGregor's compositional development and an intriguing listen.” All About Jazz

“With strong musicianship and thoughtful compositions, McGregor's sophomore outing has a lot to offer...His subtle touch on piano is heard to especially strong effect on the record's lone cover, Lennon/McCartney's 'Because', which McGregor plays unaccompanied

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Primary Instrument

Piano

Location

Los Angeles

Willing to teach

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Albums by Isamu McGregor

Album Resonance by Isamu McGregor

Resonance

Ghost Note
2017

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Album Isamu McGregor: Live at the Baked Potato! by Isamu McGregor

Isamu McGregor: Live...

Amorphous Paraphernalia Records
2012

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