Jesse Elder is a NYC based professional pianist and composer, where he has been living and working for over a decade. He studied at Interlochen Arts Academy, Oberlin Conservatory and New School University. He is a 4 x ASCAP award winning composer. Jesse has released 3 albums, and an album length music video as a leader. He's been featured on albums by Scott Tixier (Sunnyside), Matt Parker (BYNK), Sarah Elizabeth Charles (Truth Revolution) and many others. He's performed throughout the US, as well as parts of Europe and Canada. In NYC he is musical director at Duane Park & keeps an active schedule, performing at a wide variety of venues, including some of the top jazz clubs, doing at least 25 shows each month. He performs most regularly with the Candy Shop Boys (recently featured in the Keanu Reeves action film “John Wick”), the legendary vocalist Tony Middleton (lead singer of the Willows), in the S. E. Charles Quartet, High Five, the ElderChild Ensemble & a duo called 1in2, (also featuring his wife, violinist Blanca Cecilia González). In the summer of 2013 Jesse was the arranger and musical director for a US tour called Bazaar Noir, sponsored by Dos XX. In Jan of 2015 Jesse started working with his new mentor, master musician Vera Tisheff, with whom he studies two or three times each week. With her guidance, he's currently working on a major metamorphosis in his playing, arranging and composing.
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