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 colleagues Daphna Mor (recorders) and Pete List (beat box and shahi baaja) for Carolyn Dorfman Dance. "Waves" premiered at NJPAC in March, 2015. Jessie also composed the score for Carolyn Dorfman's "Hourglass" which premiered in 2012.
Jessie recently completed the cello version of 60 Seconds to Excellence. This left hand technique book is a series of short exercises that when used correctly can help execute, and solidify the left hand position and intonation of the player.
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 at Congregation B’nai Jeshuran.
Jessie has performed with some amazing artists including Frank Ocean, Gaslight Anthem, Ra Ra Riot, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Kanye West, Mike Errico, Enya, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, tap dancer Savion Glover, Natalie Merchant, Anat Cohen, Galeet Dardashti and Adele among others in various performances from Joe's Pub to the Met Ball. She was excited to be a part of Adele's recently broadcast November 2015 concert at Radio City Music Hall (NBC) and can often be heard in various Broadway musicals, currently Kinky Boots and The King and I.
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 performing for President Barak & Michelle Obama and honorees Mexican President Felipe Calderon and First Lady Margarita Zavala.
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 LIVE with Kelly and Michael, 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.