A Chicagoland native, cellist Jessie Reagen Mann is based in New York City and involved with a variety of musical projects. 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, and has recently performed with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Jay-Z, Adele, William Joseph, tap dancer Savion Glover, Natalie Merchant, Anat Cohen and Sonos Chamber Orchestra among others.
Performing weekly on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, Jessie is a Musician in Residence at Congregation B’nai Jeshuran. She is also cellist of the genre-bending ensemble DBR & The Mission performing the works of Daniel Bernard Roumain. This ensemble has toured extensively around the country as well as performing in International Music Festivals in Adelaide, Australia and Macau. 2VC, a new two cello project started with Gene Carr is dedicated to expanding the repertoire for 2 cellos. 2VC prides itself on highlighting some of the most talented composers living today.
In addition to performing, Jessie created a salon style world and classical music series in the East Village known as “6th Street Sundays.” This series, currently on a season sabbatical, was started in 2009 and prides itself on affordable concert tickets that include a workshop or master class before each performance.
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.