Nabaté Isles is a Grammy-winning trumpeter and composer, born and raised in New York City. Nabaté released his debut album called, 'Eclectic Excursions' in the Summer of 2018. The independent album was in the Top-50 in the JazzWeek charts for 6 weeks (peaking at #34) and is receiving critical acclaim. The album features a plethora of great musicians like Elzhi, Sam Barsh (who produced the album as well), Christian McBride, Nate Smith, Ben Williams, Johnathan Blake, Brad Jones, Jimmy Owens, David Gilmore, Adam Klipple, Stacy Dillard, Jaleel Shaw, Lauren Sevian, Ku-umba Frank Lacy, Elena Pinderhughes, Alita Moses, Michael Mayo, Kaveh Rastegar, Allakoi Peete and others.
Until this point, he's had a glorious journey. During his high school years, Nabaté represented the fifth generation of jazz for the preview of the Louis Armstrong Archives, with trumpet greats Dr. Donald Byrd, “Doc” Cheatham, “Dizzy” Gillespie, Jimmy Owens, Jon Faddis and Wynton Marsalis. Nabaté also appeared in a Coca-Cola commercial, directed by John Singleton and produced by Roy Eaton. While attending Eastman, Nabaté was a featured soloist with the Rochester Pops Orchestra. Nabaté also participated in the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz summer program at Aspen Snowmass and its Jazz Gala at the Kennedy Center. He went on to receive his BM from the Eastman School of Music and his MA from New York University.
Nabaté has performed, toured and/or recorded with unique artists Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def), Christian McBride, Kenny Lattimore, Philip Bailey, Fantasia, Jeffrey Osborne, Jill Scott, Robert Glasper, Dianne Reeves, José James, Savion Glover, Gregory Porter, Freda Payne, Shareefa, Oliver Lake, Steve Coleman, Ravi Coltrane, Steve Wilson, Muhal Richard Abrams, Matthew Shipp, Charli Persip, Mike Longo, Uri Caine, Buster Williams, Grady Tate, Jay Hoggard, Holt McCallany, the Mingus Big Band, and the José Limon Dance Company. He composed a solo double bass composition called 'Lessons', which was premiered by world-renowned double bassist James VanDemark at Louisiana State University. Nabaté also received a commission from the Festival of New Trumpet Music to compose and premiere a new piece which he entitled, ‘We Need Unity in the Community’.
Nabaté provided private trumpet instruction to the actor Rob Brown for his role as trumpeter Delmond Lambreaux on the HBO series, ‘Treme’. Nabaté was part of both of Christian McBride Big Band’s Grammy-winning albums, ‘The Good Feeling’ (2012) and ‘Bringin’ It’ (2018) as well as the band’s performance at the White House for the last concert under President Barack Obama’s administration. He has composed five music scores for short films as well as contributing original music to Amos Poe’s innovative film, ‘Empire II’. He recently completed a score for his first feature called, 'The Rhythm in Blue'.
Nabaté Isles started his broadcasting career hosting (and still is) a weekly sports television program called 'So Much to Talk About'. He has interviewed numerous sports luminaries like James Brown, Jerry Rice, Pete Carroll, Julius ‘Dr. J’ Erving, Shaquille O’Neal and Floyd Mayweather, Jr., to name a few. He has covered a plethora of sporting events involving the NFL, NBA, MLB, NCAA Basketball, and world boxing championship prizefights. Nabaté has done on-air work for RotoExperts and co-hosted a SiriusXM boxing show, Going The Distance with the well-respected Teddy Atlas and Wally Matthews. As a sports trivia expert, he is the only person to Stump The Schwab on ESPN (Season 2) and be crowned a Sports Jeopardy champion (Season 1, Episode #8), on Crackle.com. He is currently a co-host on the BROSPod podcast, led by the great sports columnist, Bill Rhoden.