Isaiah Collier, has been turning heads in Chicago since his parents – struck by his maturity, self-assured and, above all, musicality – encouraged him to learn to read and play instruments fluently. Collier, an alumni of ChiArts, and the Jazz Institute of Chicago and has been playing around the Chicagoland area for the past 5 years.
Isaiah has played with a plethora of artist such as: Rene Marie, Chance the Rapper, Stefon Harris, Roy McCurty, Carmen Bradford, Ernest Dawkins, Bennie Maupin, Ari Brown, Robert Irving III, Lewis Nash, The AACM and many more. Being mentor by musicians such as Antonio Hart, Ari Brown, Willie Pickens, Ernest Dawkins, Bennie Maupin, James Perkins, Charles Heath, Bobby Watson, Denise Thimes and many more local greats.
Isaiah was a part of “Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz All Star Peer-to-Peer Group” which was composed of five of the best high school student musicians around the country (2014-2017). Isaiah Collier, has performed for the” Thelonious Monk Trumpeter Competition at the Dolby theater and the White House. Isaiah Collier, with this amazing group of musicians had the distinctive honor to play before two Presidents of the United States of America, President Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama. Another highlight of being a part of this amazing group was being the last group to record with the legendary Rudy Van Gelder with Rudy overseeing most of the project. This group received a downbeat award after his passing (2016).
Isaiah has played at festivals such as: The Hyde Park Jazz festival, International Jazz Day at the White House, Englewood Jazz Festival, 51st Jazz Festival Sons D’hiver Jazz Festival in Paris, Chicago Jazz Festival, and Monterey Jazz Festival. An addition to Isaiah list of accomplishments he is a second year fellow at the “Dave Brubeck Institute” in Stockton, CA.