Jesse is a Grammy Award nominated musician and arranger. He has played tenor and baritone saxophones, flute, clarinet, lead and background vocals on award winning albums and toured extensively throughout the United States.
Originally from Pennsylvania, Jesse grew up with great musical influences. One grandfather gave him his first clarinet at age 10 and the other gave access to his big band record collection including the classic standards of Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller. His guitar-playing dad and supportive mom encouraged his further musical education through private lessons with Marty Caruso, a musical director for a local TV talent show host Al Alberts and the Four Aces. His prowess on the clarinet grew quickly through grade school as he continued to broaden his horizons with other woodwind instruments. During an Elizabethtown College Summer Music Program, classically-trained professor Doris Hall-Gulati was struck by his abilities and she worked closely with him to hone what has become his signature sound.
He attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Music in Lancaster and the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. His passion for big band music and strong site reading led him to be a member of many highly regarded touring groups, orchestras, combos and recording sessions. One of Jesse's groups opened for McCoy Tyner.
One of the highlights of Jesse's career was attending the 2016 Grammy Award Ceremony as a nominated musician and arranger for Kahulanui's first album Hula Ku’i produced by Grammy Award winning producer Charles Michael Brotman. Kahulanui's second album, Mele Ho'oilina, won the 2018 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award for Jazz Album of the Year for which Jesse again played several instruments, wrote most of the horn arrangements and was a featured vocalist.
Currently residing on the beautiful Hawai'i Island, Jesse is focused on completing his first solo album release with multi-award winning producer and engineer Michael Surprenant of Mana Music Studio. Additionally, as one of the most sought-after musicians in Hawai'i, he plays many instruments for both live performances and recording sessions. Jesse plays tenor and baritone saxophones, clarinet, flute, drums, percussion and sings for a huge range of musical genres including jazz, R&B, neo-soul, hip hop, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, reggae and contemporary jazz.
Jesse proudly endorses Forestone tenor saxophones and Antigua Pro One baritone saxophones; both of which are featured on his upcoming album release Muse.