Luxe gets the lowdown from Jason Isaacs…
Jason Isaacs is back in the UK for a night of charismatic and flamboyant showmanship with his all-star Mini Big Band! We check in to discuss the day job, his life in the Cayman Islands, and his Luxe things in life…
Getting To Know You
Singer and Saxophonist
Where is home?
I’m a born and bred Geordie currently living in the Cayman Islands, Caribbean.
Three reasons you love where you live?
White sand beaches on my doorstep, 365 days of sunshine and the local beer isn’t bad either!
The Day Job
What do you do for a living?
I sing and play sax nationally and internationally and have a good time doing it. Weddings, private parties, corporate and charity events and cruise ships. From football arenas to people’s front rooms, wherever there is a need for entertainment – I’m happy to be there.
A day in the life of you?
I start my mornings with a coffee by the pool followed by either a swim, workout at the gym or a walk along the famous seven-mile beach across the road. I do a little practice on the sax and rehearse some songs for the rest of the morning. Afternoons will either be spent setting up and sound checking for an evening gig, meeting with a client or doing dreaded housework. I’ll meet my wife after she finishes work for sunset drinks and dinner before I go off to perform at one of the hotels on the strip for the evening.
Any recent, ongoing or upcoming projects or achievements we should know about?
I’m returning to the North East for a special performance at the Tyne Theatre and Opera House Newcastle with my All-Star Mini Big Band on Saturday 8 June 2024. It’s going to be a fantastic evening of live music entertainment – think rat pack classics such as ‘Come fly with me’, ‘Mr Bojangles’, ‘New York, New York’ and some energetic and fun numbers from the Blues Brothers, Elvis, Neil Diamond, Louis prima… it’s going to be a belter! I can’t wait to be back with the band in such a great venue.
What does downtime mean to you?
Spending the day with my wife, snorkelling, lunch, general relaxing at the beach or by the pool or exploring the island together – but if Newcastle United are playing there is only one place I’ll be, and that’s on the sofa!
Lessons In Life
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
A striker for Newcastle United Football Club.
What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Don’t sweat the small stuff.
What is your greatest fear?
Losing my voice and not being able to sing ever again!
Which living person do you most admire and why?
My dad. He’s always shown such strength during times of adversity and done everything with a fantastic sense of humour. I was lucky to be brought up by both him and my mum, such fantastic parents who I owe my whole career to – they gifted me a tenor saxophone for my seventeenth birthday and the house was always filled with music growing up.
What is top of your bucket list?
Travel to India.
What is your most treasured possession?
My Tenor saxophone. It was previously owned by the saxophone player from Supertramp. It’s very special.
What does the weekend mean to you?
Work! Friday to Sunday I’ll be out working corporate and private parties usually at one of the many hotels on the island.
A memorable holiday?
My honeymoon to Marrakech and the Maldives, it was pure luxury and the first time I experienced swimming with sea turtles in the wild.
I tend not to wear dresses… I am, however eyeing up a rather flamboyant stage outfit for June. I’m flying out to Miami to purchase it especially.
Who would be your top-three dinner guests?
Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Mohammed Ali.
The last place you ate?
Tillies, Seven Mile Beach
The last book you read?
Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
The last thing you listened to?
Sinnerman – Nina Simone
The last thing you watched?
Killers of the Flower Moon
Your three luxe things in life?
Chocolate, good Tequila and upgraded flights.