Born: January 22, 1960
Mitch Kessler was born in Cheverly, Maryland, USA in 1960 and raised in New York City. He began playing saxophone at age 13 and studied in New York with Billy Kerr. Mitch later studied with the legendary Joe Allard (whose students included, among others, Eric Dolphy and Michael Brecker) at the New England Conservatory of Music. There, he also came in contact with the great Jaki Byard, with whom he performed on several occasions and studied arranging. Mitch also studied composition there with William Thomas McKinley.
Mitch later chose a different path, pursuing a career as a lawyer. He never gave up playing Jazz...