Entering his senior year at ChiArts High School, saxophonist ISAIAH COLLIER has been turning heads in Chicago since his parents encouraged him to learn to read and play instruments fluently. Isaiah won the Kiewitt-Wang Award (2013) from the Jazz Institute of Chicago and has toured with Bobby Watson in Texas. Isaiah is a member of his family jazz band where he performs with his father, mother and two brothers. He has played with Joan Collaso, Charles Heath, Victor Goines, James Perkins, Bobby Broom, Ernie Adams, Robert Irving III, and Joshua Ramos in venues such as the Jazz Showcase, the Du Sable Museum, Jazz in the Courtyard, Room 43, and Operation Push Convention (2013, 2014). Most recently, Isaiah played at the Jazz Showcase with the Thelonious Monk Institute National Performing Arts High School All-Star Jazz Quintet led by saxophonist Antonio Hart. Howard Reich noted that “the standout indisputably was 16-year-old tenor saxophonist Isaiah Collier.”
THADDEUS TUKES, a Northwestern University student with a dual degree concentration in Jazz Studies and Journalism and a graduate of Whitney Young H.S., is a highly skilled vibraphonist and pianist who has performed at Carnegie Hall in New York, and Symphony Center in Chicago. He earned top Jazz Vibraphonist in Illinois among high schools; received the Luminarts Jazz Fellowship; studied with Ravinia Jazz Scholars; and won Kiewitt-Wang Scholarship from Jazz Institute of Chicago; and was a winner of Fidelity FutureStage Young Artists competition during his years at Whitney Young Magnet High School. Thaddeus has played at various Chicago locations including Chicago Jazz Festival, Fitzgerald’s, Ravinia, Room 43, Millennium Park, Jazz Showcase, Andy’s Jazz Club, and Buddy Guy’s Legends. Some of his mentors include: Victor Goines, Jeremy Kahn, Marlene Rosenberg, Jarrard Harris, Willie Pickens, Pat Mallinger, Ernie Adams, Bobby Broom, Joan Collaso, Roger Harris, Wycliffe Gordon, and Gerald Powell.