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Ike Isaacs (guitarist)

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Ike Isaacs (December 1, 1919, Rangoon, Burma – January 11, 1996, Sydney, Australia) was a jazz guitarist from Rangoon, Burma, best known for his work with violinist Stéphane Grappelli.

Isaacs was self taught on guitar. He started playing professionally in college while pursuing a degree in chemistry. In 1946 he moved to England, where he became a member of the BBC Show Band. During the 1960s and ’70s, he was a member of the Hot Club of London, led by guitarist Diz Disley, which often collaborated with Stéphane Grappelli. He was a member of the band Velvet with Digby Fairweather, Len Skeat, and Denny Wright. In the 1980s, he moved to Australia and taught at the Sydney School of Guitar.


As sideman

With Stéphane Grappelli

1975 Violinspiration, Diz Disley Trio with Stéphane Grappelli
1990 Compact Jazz: Jean-Luc Ponty & Stephane Grappelli
1990 Shades of Django
1999 Menuhin & Grappelli Play Gershwin, Berlin, Kern, Porter, Rodgers & Hart and Others, Stéphane Grappelli and Yehudi Menuhin

With others

1958 Our Kind of Jazz, Ted Heath
1968 Hair Is Beautiful, Barney Kessel
2004 Thunderbirds 2 (soundtrack), Barry Gray
2006 Jake in a Box: The EMI Recordings 1967–1976, Jake Thackray
2006 Sketches: A Tribute to Art Tatum, Martin Taylor
2011 Three Classic Albums Plus: Showcase/Little Klunk/Jazz Inc., Stan Tracey