Jesse is an award-winning producer, songwriter, film and TV composer, sound designer, and multi-instrumentalist living and working in Chicago. He fuses his background in hip-hop/rock production and improvisational underscoring to make unique music for pretty much everything.
He was the resident musical director of both the Second City Mainstage and the neighboring e.t.c. stage, where he co-created five revues, all Jeff-Nominated. During that time he also co-wrote, composed, arranged, and musical-directed the unprecedented hit show The Second City Guide to the Opera at Lyric Opera of Chicago, and its recent follow-up Louder! Longer! Wagner! - in which he starred as the titular composer.
He’s produced albums and composed for a wide variety of short films, pilots, theatrical productions, internet videos, documentaries, podcasts, and a vast, ever-increasing portfolio of content for Second City Works. He’s performed with classical musicians, jazz trios, and produced radio-ready beats and rock/pop tracks for artists and comedians alike. The lengthy list of people with whom he's made music includes Chris Redd (SNL, Disjointed), Aidy Bryant (SNL), T.J. Miller (Silicon Valley), Bo Burnham, Ugly Duckling, Felonious Munk, Rhymefest, David Koechner, Renee Fleming, Chris Witaske (Love), Tim Baltz and Niccole Thurman (The Opposition), Ashley Nicole Black and Talib Kweli for a feature on Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, and The Lonely Island during the recording of the Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping soundtrack.
He writes, composes, arranges, records, mixes, and masters at his studio on industry-standard equipment. He’s a member of the American Federation of Musicians Local 10-208 and ASCAP.
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