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Born: September 7, 1951 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: composer, trumpet player

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After a notable career as a professional trumpet player, performing with symphonies and jazz and rock ensembles from the age of 12, and recording and touring with top pop performers such as the Beach Boys, Isham turned to film scoring, composing his first score for "Never Cry Wolf" in 1983. Since writing the music for "Trouble in Mind" (1985), he has become a favorite Alan Rudolph composer, winning a Los Angeles Film Critics award for his score for Rudolph's "The Moderns" (1988), and collaborating with the director on "Made in Heaven" (1987), "Love at Large" (1990), and "Mortal Thoughts" (1991). Isham also wrote the scores for "Mrs. Soffel" (1984), "Reversal of Fortune" (1990), and "Little Man Tate" and "Billy Bathgate" (both 1991), "A River Runs Through It" (1992), "Quiz Show" (1994) and "Home for the Holidays" (1995).

After a notable career as a professional trumpet player, performing with symphonies and jazz and rock ensembles from the age of 12, and recording and touring with top pop performers such as the Beach Boys, Isham turned to film scoring, composing his first score for "Never Cry Wolf" in 1983. Since writing the music for "Trouble in Mind" (1985), he has become a favorite Alan Rudolph composer, winning a Los Angeles Film Critics award for his score for Rudolph's "The Moderns" (1988), and collaborating with the director on "Made in Heaven" (1987), "Love at Large" (1990), and "Mortal Thoughts" (1991). Isham also wrote the scores for "Mrs. Soffel" (1984), "Reversal of Fortune" (1990), and "Little Man Tate" and "Billy Bathgate" (both 1991), "A River Runs Through It" (1992), "Quiz Show" (1994) and "Home for the Holidays" (1995).

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Running Scared (2006)
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 Cooler, The (2003)
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 Body Shots (1999)
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 Hurly Burly (1998)
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 Afterglow (1997)
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 Miami Rhapsody (1995)
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 Losing Isaiah (1995)
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Made professional debut as a trumpet player at age 12, performing Gilbert & Sullivan with a small symphony orchestra in New York
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Moved with family to San Francisco area
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Performed with the Oakland Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the San Francisco Opera and various contemporary jazz and rock ensembles
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Played trumpet in group, "Rubisa Patrol" with pianist Art Lande in the late seventies
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Performed as symphony orchestra player, session player and jazz trumpeter; played on five Van Morrison albums, and for Joni Mitchell and XTC among others
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Recorded and/or toured with such acts as Sons of Champlin, The Beach Boys, Esther Phillips, Charles Lloyd, Pharoah Sanders
1979:
Formed "Group 87" with Peter Maunu, Patrick O'Hearn and Terry Bozzio
1981:
Film music debut (as saxophonist), "An Unsuitable Job For a Woman:
1983:
Film scoring debut, "Never Cry Wolf"
1985:
First collaboration with director Alan Rudolph, "Trouble in Mind"
1986:
TV music debut, "The Making of Liberty"
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Toured with British singer/composer David Sylvian
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Notes

Isham scored music for the children's recordings from the Rabbit Ears series: "The Steadfast Tin Soldier" and "The Emperor and the Nightingale"

Group 87 broke up with Isham going solo first with Windham Hill eventually signing with Virgin for his third solo album. Terry Bozzio, the drummer, turned to session work and later formed the band, "Missing Persons." Peter Maunu, the guitarist, now plays with Arsenio Hall's house band and has played on Isham's "The Moderns" film score. As well as brass instruments, Isham also plays keyboards.

Isham has his own website at www.isham.com

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wife:
Donna Linson. Costume designer. Married February 24, 1990 in Santa Monica, California.

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