Jesse Scheinin

Jesse Scheinin


A young, upcoming saxophonist plays original music.


Jesse Scheinin is a 17-year old tenor saxophonist and composer, living in Santa Cruz, CA. He plays first tenor in the Monterey Jazz Festival’s 2006 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra and the SFJAZZ High School All-Star Ensemble, and is a member of the Kuumbwa All-Star High School Band.

In June 2005, Jesse was named an “Outstanding Soloist” by Downbeat Magazine and, in June 2006, his song “Paper Maché” was the winning composition in the Downbeat Student Music Awards. In recent months, he has performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival, Umbria Jazz Festival, San Francisco Jazz Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival, the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz, the Berklee Performance Center in Boston, the Agenda Lounge in San Jose, and Bacar in San Francisco.

Recently, as part of the SFJAZZ All-Star High School Quintet, Jesse was named among the “Hot 20” (20 of the hottest rising talents in the Bay Area) by 7X7 Magazine. He has been fortunate enough to play with many of his musical heroes: Joshua Redman, Billy Harper, Miguel Zenon, Nicholas Payton, Mary Stallings, Andre Hayward, Renee Rosnes, Eric Harland, and Luciana Souza. Jesse will be attending the Berklee College of Music, with a full scholarship, in the fall.