Isaac Williams Ensemble Featuring Vocalist Senobia Smith

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Isaac Williams Ensemble Featuring Vocalist Senobia Smith


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Second Stage | Amherst 194 2nd Street Amherst, VA 24521

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Isaac Williams and Senobia Smith are two of the exciting young jazz musicians in Greater Lynchburg and the Shenandoah Valley. With Isaac’s ensemble they will bring an evening of originals and standards from the 1960s to the present. AGAR and Second Stage I Amherst are happy to welcome them back to Amherst Java and Jazz.

Isaac Williams, a native of Lynchburg, VA, got his start in music at the age of 8 when his parents purchased him a toy keyboard. By 11, Isaac was playing for his church and at local venues. In 2019 Isaac debuted his Trinity Jazz Trio to a packed house at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Lynchburg. Since then, Isaac’s trio has played at venues such as The Flat 9 Club, Stonebridge Fall Festival, and District Winery in Washington D.C. Last season his instrumental trio, along with featured vocalist Senobia Smith, played for Amherst Java and Jazz. Isaac also played in the season as a sideman to saxophonist Joseph Henson.

Senobia Smith is a renowned jazz singer who has performed in venues as far east as Italy, south as the Caribbean, north as Alaska, and west as California. Senobia’s voice transcends her listeners out of space and time to bask in the ambiance of her enchanting sound. Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Senobia has studied music since age nine and attended prestigious music programs including Shenandoah University’s Music Conservatory. Senobia has her own trio, Senobia & Friends. She has also performed as a solo artist with jazz orchestras, big bands, jazz combos, concert bands, and international ensembles as a U.S. Army musician and as a civilian.

Isaac, Senobia, and the ensemble also will perform on February 3, 2023, for AGAR’s Louis Moreau Gottschalk Project at the University of Lynchburg’s Snidow Chapel. Gottschalk was a 19th-century American pianist who hailed from New Orleans and had a strong influence on early jazz.

$6 – $12