Ike Isaacs

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Ike Isaacs (not to be confused with the bassist of the same name) is a fine acoustic guitarist best-known for being part of the Hot Club-style band led by guitarist Diz Disley that worked with St├ęphane…
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Ike Isaacs (not to be confused with the bassist of the same name) is a fine acoustic guitarist best-known for being part of the Hot Club-style band led by guitarist Diz Disley that worked with St├ęphane Grappelli. A self-taught player, Isaacs began playing professionally while in college where he studied chemistry. He moved to England in November 1946 where he worked for many years as a freelance player. Among his more significant jobs were being part of the BBC Show Band, recording with George Chisholm (1956) and Barney Kessel (1968), and touring with Disley's Hot Club of London which worked frequently with Grappelli in the late '60s and '70s. In the '70s, Isaacs was part of Velvet, a group with Digby Fairweather and guitarist Denny Wright. The following decade, Ike Isaacs moved to Australia where he became a teacher at the Sydney Guitar School. He led a little-known sextet date for the Morgan label in 1966.