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Vernon Isaac: 1913-1999
Vernon Isaac
Musician and bandleader

Born: October 21, 1913
Died: December 16, 1999

Canadian Musician and Bandleader

by Ron Sweetman
Copyright © 1999 Ron Sweetman

Isaac, Vernon Well known musician Vernon Clarence Isaac passed away peacefully on December 16, 1999. Vernon made many friends and fans with his musical talent. He helped countless young musicians to hone their chops regardless of which instrument they played.

Vernon kept us all on our toes with his quick wit and unique view of the world. He played with some of jazz's most noted musicians: Ellington, Basie, Dizzy to name a few, but what gave him the most pleasure was when he stood in front of his Vernon Isaac Big Band.

Vernon leaves behind family members in Montreal, Philadelphia and Los Angeles. The Friends of Vernon Isaac Society, Jazz Ottawa Alumni, The Vernon Isaac Big Band, The Rockhead Paradise Alumni, Susan Galvin, Keith and Joyce Shirreffs, Bob Cross and Doug Bisenthal all mark the passing of this great man.

Ron Sweetman
Ron Sweetman is a jazz writer and radio producer in Ottawa, Canada.

E-mail: sweetman@ideaguy.com

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