- Stuart Isacoff
(b Albany, NY, Oct 26, 1971). American pianist. His family moved to Rochester, NY, soon after his birth. He studied classical violin from the ages of three to 18, while exploring piano on his own. He was introduced to jazz in high school where he began playing in rock bands and in the school jazz ensemble. Recordings from the local library introduced him to the music of Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, and, most importantly, Thelonious Monk, whose physicality at the keyboard, along with an insistent logical rigor, touched a deep emotional chord. After Iyer saw the Monk documentary, ...