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Isaac Byrd Jr. known as the “Sultry Trumpet Like No Other” energizes the stage, mind, heart, and soul with his trumpet. He is one of the hottest talents out in the jazz world today. He has a sound and gifting like no one else you ever heard before. Jazz with Isaac stretches your mind and also takes you on a ride like never before. Laura Capitano of the Jacksonville Times Union says “I caught Isaac Byrd Jr. with Tribe Judah last Friday, and the five-piece group pulled off non-muted trumpeting in a small indoor space - no easy musical feat. The group advertised, "Sultry trumpet like no other," and I must agree”.
Isaac Byrd Jr. and his Band Tribe Judah are currently gliding high after a stellar performance at the Jacksonville Jazz Fest!!! Patrons of the fest from all over the country are all asking, “When are you coming to our cities”. Isaac Byrd Jr. recently released a CD “Beginnings-EP”. The CD gives you a sneak peak at his album “Beginnings” which releases on August 28, 2010 mark your calendars folks you want this album. Isaac Byrd Jr. and Tribe Judah are currently working on performance dates in various cities and festivals to get ready for his big debut. Make Sure you visit www.isaacbyrdjr.com for new tour dates.
Isaac Byrd Jr. formed the Band Tribe Judah formerly known as Project Funk back in college. Initially starting his band he was the drummer, but after some changes he came up with Tribe Judah. Tribe Judah consists of Bass, Drums, Keys, and Percussion. Isaac Byrd Jr. and Tribe Judah have made quite a name for themselves gracing the stages with such artists as Keni Myles, PJ Morton, and Laura Izibor. You can also hear Isaac Byrd Jr. on other artist’s recordings such as Lisa McClendon and Leon “Timbo” or Merlon Devine. Isaac was also in college apart of the IAJE All Star Big Band. During that time he also performed with Bobby Shew, Joe Lavano, Chase Sanborn, Chris Vidale, Jaguar Wright and Others. Isaac states “one of the most memorable experiences in my career was sharing the stage with a great man, trumpeter, musician, and mentor Teddy Washington”.
Isaac Byrd Jr. is a Baltimore, MD bred musician. He is a musician of musicians. Isaac plays multiple instruments and is skilled in them. He serves as one of the great members of The Ritz Jazz Society of Jacksonville and has his deeply rooted ties in ministry at his local church The Potter’s House. You can often hear Isaac say, “God has graced me to do what I do”. Isaac currently lives in Jacksonville, FL. Isaac has gained a wealth of knowledge over the years from being around many musicians and talents. From his elementary days and high school days all the way to the collegiate and professional world. Isaac has taken all that and produces the sound you hear today.
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Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.
I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.
My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."