Tuesday, April 24, 2018



Jesse Gelber is a specialist in stride piano and early jazz styles.  He can be found playing gigs in the New York area almost every night, at venues that range from tiny cafés to Carnegie Hall and everything in-between. He has performed with some of the city’s most respected traditional jazz bands, including Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks and Michael Arenella’s Dreamland Orchestra.  In addition, Jesse performs solo and with his own vaudeville act: Gelber & Manning. Also a composer and arranger, Jesse won an ASCAP Foundation -- Morton Gould Young Composer Award for his opera, Broad Stripes and Bright Stars, which was showcased at La MaMa theater.  His arrangements have been sung and played by Theodore Bikel, Hal Linden, and The Massachuttes Springfield Symphony.  Jesse was musical director for the 50th Anniversary of Israel Concert in Boston's Symphony Hall and has written arrangements for A Taste of Passover and The Chanukah Special, both of which were shown on PBS. He holds a MA in jazz theory from Rutgers University and a BA in jazz performance and composition from New England Conservatory.