Jesse Baskin is a freelance guitarist and composer based out of his hometown of New York City. As a native New Yorker, the hustle and multiculturalism of the city have influenced his strong work ethic as a musician, self starter, as well as his appreciation of and familiarity with a wide variety of music genres. In his work as a guitarist, Jesse has has made a lively addition collaborating with original artists and to wedding and corporate bands.
Jesse also served as founder, manager, booking agent, and main composer for original eight-piece funk and soul band, The New Review. During its six-year lifespan, The New Review released one full-length album and three singles. Jesse was the sole arranger and composer of music on the self titled album, and he wrote lyrics and vocal melodies on several of the songs. With The New Review, Jesse entertained large, vibrant, and receptive crowds at festivals, such as Friendly Gathering 2017, University of New Hampshire’s Solarfest 2017, Burlington, Vermont Mardi Gras Festival at the famous, Nectars, Jazz Festival 2018 at Skinny Pancake in Burlington, Waking Windows Festival 2018 in Winooski VT, and Arthop Festival 2018 at Artsriot in Burlington. The band, known for their high-energy performances, also played packed and sold-out shows at Boston’s Brighton Music Hall and Burlington’s Nectars, and toured around northeastern United States.
In his experience as a composer, Jesse has created original music for advertisements, as well as library, and multi-media projects such as podcast themes. He specializes in writing funk, soul, rock, folk, jazz, all in lo-fi and vintage, but also modern styles. Jesse’s use of real instruments, including an eclectic arsenal of stringed instruments like an oud, a 1920s Martin tenor guitar, Hawaiian made Kamaka ukulele, and a vast array of guitars, as well as his humanizing MIDI sequencing skills, give his tracks an authentic feel and distinctive edge.
Jesse graduated Magna Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music in 2015 with a degree in Contemporary Writing and Production, and as a guitar principal.