Isaac Darche’s guitar style remains to true to authentic jazz feeling while pushing forward into new musical worlds.  

His mission is “to show through music that new realities and new truths are possible… hopefully my own growth, change, and progress can inspire others.”  

He has released two critically acclaimed albums and participated in numerous recordings and performances with outstanding colleagues including: Lucas Pino, Sam Dillon, Steven Feifke, Brad Whitely, Patrick Bartley Jr., Jon Hatamiya, Paul Jones, Yvonnick Prene, Tomoko Omura, Linda Oh, Ambrose Akimusire, Xavier Del Castillo, Sean Wayland, Mark Ferber, Keith Carlock, Kamasi Washington, Jon Irabagon and many others.    

Isaac has been working with his Quintet since 2013. Their latest album, Team & Variations (Challenge Records) is available on AmazoniTunes, and Spotify.  

 
Dextrous fingerwork, high-level interplay and empathy.
— Dan Bilowsky All About Jazz
Darche has an extroverted and enthusiastic modern style, able to play blazing runs, but with each note being easily heard. This music is stimulating, worthwhile and memorable 4.5/5 Stars”
— Scott Yanow, DownBeat Magazine
 

Long Bio:

   Isaac Darche’s guitar style remains to true to authentic jazz feeling while pushing forward into new musical worlds.  

   His mission is “to show through music that new realities and new truths are possible… hopefully my own growth, change, and progress can inspire others.”  

  He was raised in San Anselmo, California.  His first instrument was a clarinet inherited from his great-grandfather.  He began studying guitar at age 10, after growing jealous of his younger brother, who was allowed to study guitar instead of clarinet.  He got his first guitar from Prune Music, birthplace of the Mesa/Boogie amplifier.  Throughout middle school and high school he absorbed the diverse musical influences of the Bay Area, participating in jam sessions, the Stanford Jazz Workshop, and hanging out at Bruno’s and Pearl’s.

   Since moving to New York in 2006, Isaac has worked as a leader and sideman on numerous projects.  As a leader, he has worked with Ambrose Akinmusire, Linda Oh, Glenn Zaleski, Jon Irabagon, Justin Brown, Eric Wheeler, Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, Adam Larson, Noah Garabedian, Dave Lantz, Henry Cole, Mark Ferber, E.J. Strickland. 

   As a sideman he has worked for Lucas Pino, Steven Fiefke, Sean Wayland, Sam Dillon, Patrick Bartley, Brad Whitely, Tomoko Omura, Yvonnick Prene, Jon Hatamiya, Leron Thomas, Isaac Smith, Chiara Izzi, Annie Chen, Kyle Athayde and many others.   

Darche has performed in premier venues across the globe, including The 55 Bar and Dizzy's Club in NYC, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles and Le Baisee Salee, in Paris.

He holds degrees from Manhattan School of Music, and University of California, Los Angeles.  His teachers include Garry Dial, Kenny Burrell, Mark Delpriora (classical guitar), Anthony Wilson, and Phil Markowitz.  

Distinctions:

2015 "Best Albums of 2015" (separately) Downbeat Magazine, 37th Annual Jazz Stations Awards, Press Play, Tom Hull 

2015 Finalist: the Jarek Smietana International Guitar Competition, Krakow, Poland      

2013 Finalist: the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance, Los Angeles California

2009 Betty Carter Jazz Ahead at Kennedy Center, Washington D.C. 

Critical acclaim from Downbeat Magazine, NPR, WGBO, All About Jazz, Hot House Magazine and others.