Young trio to play ‘straight ahead jazz,’ bit of Latin, funk
9/13/2013, 6 a.m.
Fresh from a summer of great music at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, pianist and Stephenson High senior Isaiah Hill and his jazz trio will be performing live at the CrossRoadsNews’ Sept. 21 Senior/Baby Boomer Expo at the Mall at Stonecrest in Lithonia.
Isaiah, 17, won a $40,000 scholarship from Berklee in August at the end of the five-week summer program.
Isaiah has been playing the piano since age 9.
When he gets to Berklee next year, he will double major in jazz composition and arranging and film scoring.
His band mates, Darius Cassey and Siji Mark, also are accomplished musicians.
Darius, who goes by his last name, plays drums and Siji is on bass.
The Jazz Trio, which they founded in the 11th grade, performs at parties, weddings and special events.
Isaiah says they really enjoy playing for audiences.
“When we play, we like to make people feel good,” he said.
“They can get up and move or they can have conversation.”
Whether they are playing for five people or 1,000, Isaiah says it is fun for them.
“It gives me satisfaction that I am contributing and making such an impact,” he said.
Before they formed the band, Isaiah would play solo around town.
The three play in the Stephenson High Sonic Sound Marching Band, the Wind Ensemble, and the Jazz Ensemble.
Isaiah said both Cassey and Siji were good at their instruments.
“Cassey was great on the drums and seemed like a really cool guy,” he said.
“Siji played really great bass so I told them we should get together and play,” he added.
The group’s repertoire is multidimensional.
“We play straight ahead jazz, a little Latin and a little bit of funk,” Isaiah said.
For the uninitiated, straight ahead jazz is old school and swinging big band.
Since its launch, the group has played for a number of county government events and for the DeKalb Lawyers Association.
At CrossRoadsNews’ Senior/Baby Boomer Expo, the Jazz Trio will be on the Main Stage at 12:30 p.m.
For more information or to book the Jazz Trio, call Derrick Hill at 678-463-1497.