ISABELLA ISHERWOOD (Music Director)
Isabella (she/her) is a Chicago native who has been performing in clubs and venues across the city since she was 14. As a pianist, vocalist and bandleader, she has had the pleasure of sharing her music in many venues throughout Chicago, including The Jazz Showcase, Andy’s Jazz Club, Constellation Chicago and Winter’s Jazz Club. At the age of 16, Isabella was a featured performer at the 40th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival with her quartet and was featured again two years later with the Isabella Isherwood Trio. In addition to her music, Isabella is also an actor on stage and screen. Aside from her active performing career, she has served as vocal coach, accompanist, keyboardist and music director on shows across Chicago’s vibrant theater community. She studied at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music and Roosevelt University’s Conservatory of Performing Arts. Additional studies include Janet Hickey, Frank Caruso, Jeremy Kahn, Sachal Vasandani, Darmon Meader, Pharez Whitted, Steve Houghton and Jon Deitemyer. In addition to several film credits, three international performance tours and a concert series with the CSO, she has played for artists such as Cyrille Aimee, Emmet Cohen, Ulysses Owens Jr., Dave Stryker, Jim Snidero and Rufus Reid. She is a proud alum of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Jazz Orchestra and is an active member of the Jazz Institute of Chicago’s Women’s Jazz Leadership Initiative.