Jesse Sharps is a virtuoso on soprano saxophone, multiple woodwinds including bass clarinet, bassoon and many types of flute including wood and bass flute. He is also an accomplished accordion player.
Whether as a solo artist, playing in a group, leading a trio, quintet or putting together a large ensemble, Jesse brings a powerful and creative force to the music and performance of each show.
As a group leader, he draws on a rich heritage of the great musicians and composers he has worked with and studied under.
From studying with Cecil Taylor to spending years in the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra under legendary Horace Tapscott as one of its principal scribes and bandleaders, Jesse has deep roots in the local Los Angeles area.
Jesse spent many years in Germany serving with the Army and Air Force bands, composing, performing and teaching music to young performers.
Drawing on his experience working with Horace Tapscott connecting youth in the community through music, he taught music to young performers extensively in Germany after finishing his tours of duty in the Army and Air Force bands.
He also follows in the tradition of The Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra and of Central Avenue working with young up and coming players to give them an opportunity to share their talents.
Jesse is now professionally trained to score films and television. He has just completed scoring his first feature film, "Flock of Four" about a search for a legendary jazz musician on Central Avenue in Los Angeles in 1959.
Jesse currently resides in Los Angeles.