"I didn't leave jazz, jazz left me"
Jesse Sullivan is a guitarist who comes from the swing-era with hundreds of songs from the Great American Songbook and songs popular today memorized in all 12 keys! He prides himself in being a unique solo artist play as well as a supportive and dynamic accompanist with years of experience collaborating with countless singers. Jesse's unique trademark sound employs a bevy of chord melodies and improvised chord solos that emulate the jazz pianists he grew up listening to. He takes much pride in being a dependable sideman in any various styles of music outside of swing.
Only three years removed from first learning how to play the guitar, he began his professional career in 2009 as a young and aspiring guitarist under the mentorship of Diana Page, one of the top jazz singers in Seattle region. He would later go on to attend the University of Southern California to study with guitarist Bruce Forman and graduate with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Music with Cum Laude honors. He currently maintains a busy gigging schedule. Aside from gigging, he also provides local and remote music transcription services, song arrangement services, lessons, guitar and bass recording services.
In 2009 and 2011, Jesse Sullivan was selected out of hundreds of guitarists from Northwest region of the United States to perform with the 2009 All-Northwest Jazz Band and 2011 All-Northwest Jazz Choir. In 2011, he was one of eight students from the incoming class of students to receive the USC Thornton Faculty Award Scholarship. In 2016, he finished as the 5th runner-up in the 2016 Lee Ritenour Six String Theory International Guitar Competition. In 2017, as an accompanist to Tiia Freeman, was part of the winning duo in the 2017 Seattle Kobe Female Jazz Vocalist Competition. He was the first guitarist in the competition's history to have served as an accompanist to the winning vocalist setting a new bar for other guitarists to achieve. Jesse Sullivan is a musical innovator and continues to remain a force to be reckoned with.