started his career as a modern jazz player and as a
teenager appeared with such legendary Beboppers as Max
Roach, George Russell, Gregory Hutchinson, and Roy Hargrove.
He played at the 1992 Monterey Jazz Festival with Jon
Faddis. That same year he won the Marvin Wolff Jazz
Piano Competition and headlined at Yoshi’s Night
Club in Berkley, CA. It was later while he attended
The New England Conservatory of Music that Jesse became
interested in stride.
In rebellion to the “cookie cutter” aspects
of music school, Jesse began playing the Boogie Woogie
piano styles of Meade “Lux” Lewis, Albert
Ammons, and Pete Johnson. It was from this more soulful
approach to music that Jesse returned to jazz and started
playing the different styles of stride piano. While
in Boston, Jesse found other likeminded musicians and
started the band The Swing Doctors. Although the membership
and location of the band has changed over the years,
the band has been a mainstay of the northeast swing
scene for the last decade.
Today, Jesse is more known as a featured artist than
a bandleader. He can be seen in New York’s most
famous jazz clubs playing solo or with his trio The
Little Tramps. In addition, Jesse is a “first
call” sideman for much of New York’s traditional
jazz scene including: The Traditional Jazz Collective,
Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra, Barbara
Rosene, The Three Bad Pennies, Bob Leive and the Wooster
Street Trolley Jazz band, Julian Yeo, Arnie Mig Orchestra,
and Lew Picardi Orchestra.