Jesse Collins is an alto saxophonist whose music is rooted in the traditions of Charlie Parker, John ColtranE, Sonny Rollins, Sam Rivers and arnie lawrence.
Jesse was born in new hampshire ,and then grew up in upstate ny, where he studied music first in Syracuse NY with tom soccocio, and then in NYC with sam rivers, lee konitz, jaki bayard and arnie lawrence.
Jesse Has played with a whos who of musicians in jazz including Jimmy Cobb, jaki Bayard, Sam Rivers, Larry Coyell, Ed cherry, Brad Mehldau, Ari Hoenig,Reggie Workman,Larry Goldings, Peter bernstein, Avi Shai Cohen, Omer Avital, Chad Taylor,Carlos mcKinney,Chico Hamilton, Arnie Lawrence, Roy Hargrove, Todd Parsnow, cecil mcbee, will terrell, Saul Rubin and many more.
Jesse's first recording "introducing jesse collins" (lat cat records) was a Jazz Times magazine "critics pic top 10" for 2003.
In 2014 Jesse's recording "free to be free' (real bean records) was the "syracuse jazz recording of the year" (Sammy award)