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Izzy Chait

An inspiring singer with a powerful voice, Izzy Chait has loved jazz and pop standards throughout his life. In his wide-ranging musical career, he has infused vintage standards, pop tunes and inspirational songs with his own strong musical personality, updating the music without changing its original intent, showing listeners a good time while also making them think.

Robin Adler

“I love to be able to deliver a message to an audience and really get to them,” says the singer. Whether in his live performances or in his growing body of work as a recording artist, Izzy is making a major impact.

Izzy Chait was born in Germany , moving to America with his family when he was three. He grew up in the Los Angeles area, remembers watching Your Hit Parade on television and being attracted to 1950s standards, pop, rhythm & blues and doo wop. “I sang in temple as part of the choir in synagogue for many years and also with the glee club in school. But the first major singing that I did in public was after I joined the Marine Corps in 1966. I sang with a little band in Viet Nam where we exchanged songs for beers.” At the time, Izzy was mostly singing rock & roll and doo wop but he was also inspired by Billy Eckstine, Johnny Hartman and Oscar Brown Jr, and learned a countless number of standards. After he was discharged from the Marines, he studied anthropology and ethnomusicology at UCLA. “During the late 1960s while going to school, I sang at many clubs around Los Angeles including quite a few piano bars. I did that for about three or four years and we were made pretty good money for those days, performing standards.”

Having developed a fascination for Asian antiques (along with Eastern philosophy and religion) while in the Marines, Izzy started buying and selling antiques as a hobby, realizing after college that he could make a living from his expertise. At that point, he was at an early cross roads and had to make a career choice. “I decided to quit singing because the lifestyle of playing clubs until 2 a.m. and having customers buying me drinks all night long conflicted with school and with my building up a business. So for 25 years, I didn't sing in public.” He opened up an Asian art and antiquities shop in West Hollywood, developed into becoming a top auctioneer, and eventually opened up his highly successful I.M. Chait Gallery in Beverly Hills.

 

 

Eventbrite - Idyllwild Jazz In The Pines Festival 2014