Multi-instrumentalist Marty Isenberg has enjoyed Jazz from an early age and is well versed in a variety of musical styles. He has performed with Tony-Award winner Liz Callaway at Merkin Hall, in “Fun Home” and “The Lion King” on Broadway, recorded with jazz pianist Onaje Allen Gumbs, performed at the 2014 international BANFF Jazz Festival, 2017 Mittenwald International Master Classes, and toured Central America with the Dave Juarez Trio. He can be seen performing regularly at Father Knows Best, and The Bar Next Door.
Marty received his undergraduate degree from the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music where he majored in Jazz Performance and minored in Jazz Composition and received his Master of Music degree from New York University.
Marty has held adjunct faculty positions at New York University, Sacred Heart University, and Quinnipiac University. He was a teaching artist for Kids Orbit and currently teaches a private studio with students ranging from toddlers to adults. Marty’s favorite animal is the manatee and he thoroughly enjoys artisanal coffee.
Violinist Alissa Jackman is a multi-genred musician based out of New York City. You can catch her playing anything from classical to funk, jazz, fiddling or rock. She performs with her acoustic as well as her electric Viper Violin. Alissa has played in venues such as the Carnegie Hall, David Geffen Hall, Symphony Space, and the LDS Conference Center. She has performed with the New York Pops Orchestra and the Richmond County Orchestra. Alissa has also shared he stage with artists such as Rachel Barton Pine, Joe Deninzon, Tracy Silverman, David Wallace, Mark Wood, and Dee Snider. She frequently freelances with bands and other artists playing smaller NYC venues, plays in Pit Orchestras for community theaters in NYC, and is an active studio musician. Alissa has recorded and premiered countless works by composers from New York City to as far as Italy and Australia.
Alissa is a music education activist. She has performed in multiple benefit concerts to support music education, such as the Muzart Foundation’s “We Are Hope” benefit concert and the Mark Wood Music Foundation’s kickoff concert. She was also featured as a student spokesperson for the Electrify Your Strings program in an interview on ABC with the program’s founder.
Alissa is studying Violin Performance with a concentration in Music Education at NYU Steinhardt. She is currently a student of Cyrus Beroukhim. Alissa’s favorite passtimes – aside from playing violin – are thrift shopping and enjoying a good book in Washington Square Park.
Chris McCarthy’s interest in music began with piano lessons at the age of 8. Inspired by the great educators and performers of the Seattle area, Chris began band leading at the age of 16, playing around greater Seattle with a large variety of ensembles. After high school, Chris completed his bachelor’s degree at New England Conservatory, privately studying with teachers such as Fred Hersch, Jason Moran, Bruce Brubaker, Miguel Zenon, Billy Hart and Jerry Bergonzi. Bergonzi described Chris as “one of those players everyone wants to have in their band,” and he played every Monday with Bergonzi’s quintet from 2013-2015. This weekly gig at The Lily Pad allowed Chris to play with and learn from jazz giants such as George Garzone, Phil Grenadier, Doug Weiss, Dave Liebman, John Lockwood, Bob Gullotti, Will Slater, and Luther Gray.
On May 12th 2016, Chris released his debut album Sonder on Red Piano Records. With its release Hot House Jazz Magazine celebrated Chris as “one of the most imaginative and impressive forces in the New York jazz scene.” JazzBuzz described it as “A debut album that has a lot to say about the talent of the young musician.” JazzQuad wrote “jazz elements actively transform McCarthy’s music into a model of pop music for the smart.” This positive buzz was accompanied by a successful string of shows around the east coast with the band from the record. Chris also currently teaches at Mark Murphy’s Music School in South Orange and has taught actively in Seattle and Boston since he was 14. Chris’s favorite animal is the platypus and he is always after the best sushi.
Robin Schmidt is a musician, composer, and teacher, based in New York City. After starting out on piano at age 7, Robin was given his first guitar and guitar lesson on his 10th birthday in 1995 and has been honing his skills as a guitarist and musician ever since, all the while organically developing his own sound on the instrument. While he is versed in many styles, the music he loves the most is groove-based.
Robin is a founding member and co-leader of Ikebe Shakedown, an instrumental soul group based in Brooklyn, NY. The band has released three albums and has toured throughout the US and Canada. In addition, Robin continues to play with other groups/artists and has performed and/or recorded with The Monophonics, Lee Fields & The Expressions, Saundra Williams (of the Dap-Kings), Breakdown Brass, Alba & The Mighty Lions, Joshua Hatcher & The Ristrettos, and numerous others.
Robin holds a BA in music, with a jazz focus, from Bard College. He works in the administration at Bard High School Early College Queens, where he also assists with the jazz band. He likes to pass on knowledge of music and the guitar to others and has been teaching lessons for 10 years. Aside from music, Robin enjoys being in the woods and gazing at vast, scenic landscapes.
Originally from Tartu, Estonia, violinist Sabina Torosjan is both an active performer and teacher in New York City. A winner of various national competitions in Estonia, Sabina has since performed in prestigious concert halls such as Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Bohemian National Hall, and Le Poisson Rouge. She has performed in music festivals including the Meadowmount School of Music, Green Mountain Music Festival, and Bowdoin International Music Festival, and became a member of the new music group, Ensemble Mise-en in 2012. Sabina has recorded with iconic folk singer Pete Seeger, guitarist Terry Champlin, and songs by American Idol finalist and actress Jennifer Hudson.
Sabina studied with Kai Rebane, Valeriy Schevchenko, and Ann Setzer before receiving her Bachelor’s degree from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Sally Thomas and Lewis Kaplan.
Sabina has taught at the Hoboken and Encore Schools of Music. Aside from English, she is also fluent in Russian and Bulgarian. Sabina loves to play violin with her adorable two-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Sheyna, and enjoys traveling and meeting new people.