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Isaiah J. Thompson | A Guaraldi Holiday 7PM & 9PM

Starting on December 01, 2023 7:00 pm
Categories: PianoFest
Tags: Jazz

Isaiah J. Thompson: A Guaraldi Holiday

Friday, December 1, 2023
Set 1 - 7:00 PM (ET)
Set 2 - 9:00 PM

Jazz Vivace proudly presents Isaiah J. Thompson as part of their Winter Jazz Series.

Step into a winter wonderland of jazz with "Isaiah J. Thompson: A Guaraldi Holiday." This extraordinary performance is a celebration of the music that has become a cherished part of holiday traditions around the world. Isaiah J. Thompson, a rising star in the jazz world, brings his exceptional talent to the stage, infusing Guaraldi's beloved compositions with his unique style and energy. From the playful notes of "Linus and Lucy" to the heartwarming melodies of "Christmas Time Is Here," Thompson's virtuosity and passion will captivate your senses. Join us for a night of musical enchantment that will awaken the spirit of the season and leave you humming these timeless tunes all through the holidays. Don't miss "Isaiah J. Thompson: A Guaraldi Holiday" – an unforgettable experience that will warm your heart and soul.

Isaiah J. Thompson is the winner of the 2023 American Pianists Awards and the Cole Porter Fellowship in Jazz of the American Pianists Association. Originally from West Orange, New Jersey, the pianist, bandleader, and composer began studying at The Calderone School of Music from an early age. Soon after, Isaiah continued his studies with Jazz House Kids and NJPAC Jazz For Teens and was later admitted to The Juilliard School, graduating with his Bachelor’s in 2019 and Master’s of Music degrees in 2020.

Isaiah has performed with major artists, including Ron Carter, John Pizzarelli, Christian McBride, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Steve Turre, and Buster Williams. His recording debut was featured on Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Blue Engine Records’ Handful of Keys album with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, and he has since released multiple recordings as a leader.

He worked on the Golden Globe-nominated soundtrack for Motherless Brooklyn, was named a Steinway Artist, and has been awarded other accolades including the 2018 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award and second place in the 2018 Thelonious Monk Competition. As a performer, Isaiah tries to emit love, spirit, and respect and convey his personal experiences through his artistry and his everlasting love of jazz.


Isaiah J. Thompson is the winner of the 2023 American Pianists Awards.

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