Mark Isaacs: Solo Piano “New Standards” – 12/10/23

Thursday the 12th of October, 2023
10 Exhibition St, Bowen Hills
Doors from 7:30PM
Music starts on the downbeat of 8PM
Head to our Humanitix to purchase limited seated tickets

Mark Isaacs’ solo piano program is a reimagining of much-loved classic melodies. All are new-to-jazz choices from the 1960s & 70s including by songwriters such as Paul McCartney, Joni Mitchell and the late Burt Bacharach.

Isaacs, with every release, has refined his systematic approach to post-modernity jazz to the point that his sound defines what jazz should sound like at the advent of the 21st Century” – ALL ABOUT JAZZ (USA)

Here were dialogues to restore the faith. As the world crumbles into vulgarity, vitriol and worse, one felt blessed – privileged, even – to hear solo performances by pianists of the calibre of Mark Isaacs” – SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

He wrestled melody and song out of silence” – AUSTRALIAN BOOK REVIEW

The audience was silent and motionless, spellbound – somewhere between awe and anticipation” – CLASSIC MELBOURNE

Mark Isaacs writes symphonies, concertos, records and performs as a classical pianist and conducts orchestras. He’s composed and conducted film & TV music and even writes songs (including the lyrics).

Classical music luminary Vladimir Ashkenazy described Mark’s classical work as “masterful” and “highly inventive and inspiring”.

Alongside all this, his brilliant jazz output, over more than four decades now, has seen him collaborating with some of the most legendary international jazz stars, including Roy Haynes, Dave Holland and Kenny Wheeler, recording numerous lauded jazz albums (with two ARIA Award nominations for his previous Australian ‘Resurgence’ band), and touring the world including playing major festivals such as Tokyo Jazz Festival and Finland’s Pori Jazz.

Jazz master Pat Metheny described Mark as “A serious musician looking to solve deep questions” and the Los Angeles Times spoke of his “splendid musical mind”.

Mark Isaacs’ solo shows in Sydney and Melbourne major performance venues like Melbourne Recital Centre and City Recital Hall, Sydney, have received glowing reviews.

Now he presents a unique program of his own individual solo piano takes on “standards”, or “heritage” melodies from the worlds of jazz, film, Broadway, pop and occasionally ‘folkloric’ songs.

How do I purchase a ticket?

Tickets are being sold through Humanitix. Purchase limited seated tickets here. Due to JMI Live being an intimate space, we have a maximum number of guests allowed in the venue. We highly recommend it is best to get in early before tickets sell out.

What is JMI Live?

JMI Live presents live jazz in Brisbane every Thursday night from 8pm and a jam session after each gig. JMI Live is renowned for its intimate setting, providing the best opportunity to listen to live jazz in Brisbane. Just like a jazz club in New York, this venue is the ideal location for great jazz music, acoustics and atmosphere.


JMI Live is located at 10 Exhibition Street, Bowen Hills.

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If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms and are unable to attend after having purchased a ticket, please contact the JMI office (07 3216 1110 or email play@jazz.qld.edu.au) as soon as possible during business hours (10AM-4PM) to let us know you won’t be able to attend. A full refund will be given if we are contacted prior to a performance. Refunds will not be processed if we are contacted after the gig.

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