A Chicagoland native, cellist Jessie Reagen Mann is based in New York City and involved with a variety of musical projects. Most recently Jessie co-composed WAVES with colleages Daphna Mor (recorders) and Pete List (beat box and shahi baaja) for Carolyn Dorfman Dance. "Waves" was premeired at NJPAC in March, 2015. Jessie also composed the score for Carolyn Dorfman's "Hourglass" which premiered in 2012.
A lover of chamber music, Jessie a member of the Om Shalom Trio. This eclectic ensemble blends Jewish melodies and Indian Ragas in an inovative way. Jessie is also co-creator of 2VC, a two cello project started with Gene Carr that's dedicated to expanding the repertoire for 2 cellos. 2VC prides itself on highlighting some of the most talented composers living today. Jessie is also a Musician in Residence at Congregation B’nai Jeshuran and a member of Mud Music Ensemble.
In May 2010, Jessie received the Outstanding Musical Achievement Award from the Max Reger Foundation of America. Later that month, she joined Beyonce at the White House state dinner honoring Mexican President Felipe Calderon and First Lady Margarita Zavala. Jessie can often be heard in various Broadway musicals, currently Kinky Boots and The King and I, and has recently performed with Gaslight Anthem, Ra Ra Riot, Jay-Z, Adele, Mike Errico, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, tap dancer Savion Glover, Natalie Merchant and Anat Cohen.
Jessie has recorded for Naxos American Classics, RCA Black Seal, Red Ink, Roc-A-Fella, Bridge, Domino, Anzic and Manifest Spirit Records as well as the Pioneers for a Cure project. Commonly seen on TV, Jessie has made appearances on Gossip Girls, SNL, TRL, The View, Late Show with David Letterman, Good Morning America, Today Show, Soundstage, Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting and the Martha Stewart Show.
Jessie is currently on faculty at BIMA at Brandeis University and the United Nations International School in Manhattan.