Born Cheverly, Maryland and raised in New York City. Studied saxophone with Billy Kerr in New York, then later at New England Conservatory with Joe Allard. Also studied arranging and composition at New England Conservatory with Jaki Byard, William Thomas McKinley and others.
Education: BA, New England Conservatory 1982 MA, New England Conservatory 1984 JD, Boston College Law School, 1989
Presently practicing law in upstate New York, but still playing Jazz. Just released debut CD Erratica on John Esposito's Sunjump Records label, featuring John Esposito (piano), Ira Coleman (bass), and Peter O'Brien (drums).
Yanagisawa soprano saxophone, vintage 1976.
Selmer alto saxophone ("Cigar Cutter"), vintage 1930.
Conn 10M tenor saxophone ("Half Naked Lady"), vintage 1935.
MITCH KESSLER With JOHN ESPOSITO/IRA COLEMAN/PETER O'BRIEN - Erratica (Sunjump CD 07; USA) Featuring Mitch Kessler on alto & tenor saxes & compositions, John Esposito on piano, Ira Coleman on bass and Peter O'Brien on drums. Sunjump mainman & jazz pianist extraordinaire, John Esposito, continues to release great discs with musicians known and unknown. I hadn't heard of the leader, altoi/tenor saxist Mitch Kessler - this disc is his debut, recorded in '08 - and was surprised how strong a player and composer he is. The Sixth Marx Brother begins with a strong unaccompanied solo tenor intro which is breathtaking