Jesse Sullivan

 

  

Seattle-based jazz guitarist Jesse Sullivan is not your typical guitarist! Doesn't play too loud, owns one guitar and one amp, and is a musical encyclopedia. While he can play in nearly any musical setting, solo guitar, guitar, bass and drums, trio, you name it, he considers himself to be a vocal jazz accompanist more than anything else. He prides himself in being a unique solo artist and extremely supportive and dynamic accompanist who swings his tail off. He graduated from the University of Southern California on merit scholarship with Cum Laude Honors in 2015. He was one of eight students in this class receive the pristigeous Thornton Faculty Award Scholarship.

Early on, he was exposed to jazz music when he saw Bruce Forman play at Jazz at Port Townsend about a month after picking the guitar up. After that moment, he has worked hard to refine his craft and become the player he is today, one who deeply is rooted in the tradition of swing and repertoire from the Great American Songbook. Jesse's unique sound that employs a bevy of chord melodies and improvised chord solos that pay homage to swing big bands while still playing with lyricism and respect to the songs lyrics is one of many things that sets him apart from other guitarists. Whether it's accompanying jazz singers in a duo setting to leading his own trio, Jesse's sound stretches across many types of ensemble setting.

Having been mentored by Seattle vocalist Diana Page in high school, Jesse Sullivan discovers a love for playing with singers. LA vocalist Kathleen Grace and guitarist Bruce Forman, Jesse Sullivan devloped him into not only a dynamic accompanist but also a formidable solo artist who's sound is heavily influenced by some of the great singers throughout jazz history. Currently, he maintains a busy schedule performing and teaching in the Seattle Area. Wherever there is a singer to be accompanied, Jesse is enthusically your go to guy!

In 2009, Jesse Sullivan was selected to perform with the 2009 MENC All-Northwest Jazz Band. In 2011, Jesse Sullivan was selected to perform with the 2011 MENC All-Northwest Jazz Band. In June of 2016, Jesse was the 5th Runner Up chosen from hundreds of applications from across the world in the Lee Ritenour Six String Theory Guitar Competition under the rhythm guitar category. In March of 2017, Jesse Sullivan accompanied Tiia Freeman, the 2017 High School Division Winner in the Seattle Kobe Female Jazz Vocalist Competition. Jesse Sullivan plays Epiphone Guitars, Vintage Sound Amps, Wegen Bluegrass Picks, and LaBella Strings.