ISAIAH COLLIER & the chosen few
Saturday, September 29, 1:30-2:30pm
Wagner Stage at the midway
ISAIAH COLLIER is a Chicago-based writer, arranger, and composer. An alumnus of the Jazz Institute of Chicago and The Chicago High School for the Performing Arts, Collier has worked and played with Chicago legends such as Willie Pickens, Delores Scott, Ernest Dawkins, Ari Brown, Dee Alexander, Maggie Brown, Robert Irving III, and Charles Heath IV, in addition to national and international artists Rene Marie, Chance the Rapper, Stefon Harris, Roy McCurty, Carmen Bradford, Carl Allen, Bennie Maupin, Bobby Broom, Quincy Phillips, Lisa Henry, Wyclef Gordon, Lewis Nash, and the AACM. He has had many mentors, including Antonio Hart, Ari Brown, Willie Pickens, Ernest Dawkins, Bennie Maupin, James Perkins, Charles Heath, Bobby Watson, and others. He has played at festivals such as Chicago Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Englewood Jazz Festival, Sons d’hiver Jazz Festival, and International Jazz Day at the White House, and is a third year fellow at The Brubeck Institute in Stockton, CA.
As part of The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Peer-to-Peer All-Star group, composed of the best high school jazz musicians from around the country, Collier met and worked with a vast assortment of inspiring artists. One of his greatest pleasures as part of this group was recording with Rudy Van Gelder. In 2016, the group received a Downbeat award after Van Gelder’s passing.