Isaiah Harwood

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I can’t say enough about this talented and sweet young man. I give him a hearty teaching endorsement!

– Josh Nelson

Piano | Composition

Isaiah Harwood is a jazz pianist/composer with a desire to spread thought-provoking music throughout his community. Born and raised in Oakland, Isaiah grew up in the Bay Area Jazz scene and played regularly with local legends such as Marcus Shelby, Erik Jekabson, Kalil Wilson, and many others. He frequently performed around the Northern California area, including venues such as The Black Cat, Yoshi’s, The San Jose Jazz Festival, and SFJAZZ. In 2016, at the age of 13, Isaiah was a winner of the Jazz Search West competition, and  was awarded a scholarship to the California Jazz Conservatory. Isaiah graduated from the CJC with his bachelor’s degree in 2021, and moved to Los Angeles to pursue his masters degree at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, where he studied with Alan Pasqua, Russ Ferrante, Josh Nelson, and Vince Mendoza.

Isaiah graduated from USC Thornton in 2023, and maintains a busy teaching schedule while performing with Los Angeles artists such as Anilee List, Shayhan, Tonina, SOFIE, Takoda, Rae Khalil, Logan Kane, Jon Hatimiya, Benjamin Ring, Dario Bizio, Jermaine Paul, Julien Knowles, Devin Daniels, Nicole McCabe, and many more.

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