Singer, songwriter, composer, pianist, and educator Isabella Mendes, is quickly becoming one of New Haven and Hartford County’s top Brazilian, jazz, pop, entertainers in the industry, has earned her an impressive list of accomplishments well beyond her years. Mendes’ playing though inspired by her performances with Jeff Fuller, Joe Carter, Adriano Santos, Paul Lieberman, Ali Ryerson, Ben Bilello, Hernan Yepes, Asher Delerme, George Lesiw, Frank Brocklehurst, Lindsay Artkop, John Touhy and many more, displays her own jazz, Brazilian jazz, and her original mix of jazz, pop, and Brazilian jazz.
Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Isabella started to study music at Centro Live de Aprendizagem Musical – (CLAM), a school founded by Amilton Godoy of the Zimbo Trio, a famous Brazilian ensemble at the age of four. Four years later, she began writing music and taking both private piano and composition lessons. While participating in many piano competitions, concerts, and
Masters classes, she earned a scholarship at Magda Tagliaferro, one of the top music schools in Sao Paulo, as a teenager. It wasn’t until the age of 15 years old, that Isabella started her jazz and vocal studies when she moved to the United States.
While living in Connecticut, she was a student of the Education Center for the Arts (ECA), in New Haven, Connecticut, through which she continued her performances in New Haven County. While attending ECA, Isabella studied with great artists such as Jeff Fuller, Adriano Santos, Paul Lieberman, Ali Ryerson, Ben Bilello, Hernan Yepes, Asher Delerme, George Lesiw, Frank Brocklehurst, Lindsay Artkop, and John Tuhoy.
Isabella has earned the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award and was recognized by the town of Hamden, Connecticut as a “Hamden Notable” for excellence in music. She went to college at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Structural Engineering and a year later an MBA. While in college, Isabella performed at several events on campus, being active in the chorus, jazz band, and writing music and performing locally in
several events, including managing and coordinating an event on “Virtual Choir.” She has studied under great mentors including: Douglas Weeks, Frederick Bianchi, John Delorey and Richard Falco. Click here to see a video of Isabella Mendes
Isabella Mendes is available to book as a solo, duo, trio, or as a full band. Contact Ed Tankus at 203.500.0700 or click here or the button below to book her now.
Click here to see a video of Isabella Mendes