funkmasterjesse
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I am a full-time pro keyboardist. Play all styles of piano, especially jazz, Latin jazz, funk, fusion, RnB, rock (all genres/decades), country, blues, gospel, and Celtic folk. Attended McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul for Keyboard Performance. I have had add'l 12 years private study* with Jackie Okoh (classical), Tom Hunter (blues), Nachito Herrera (jazz / Latin jazz), Laura Caviani (jazz / theory), and Bobby Peterson (jazz / theory). I was MMTA State Finalist in piano competition for 4 years running. I have averaged 200 shows a year for the past 8 years. If I'm not gigging, or in transit to a gig or rehearsal, I'm practicing 16-7.

I am back in the Twin Cities after completing a series of gigs in the Bahamas with a show band on Carnival Cruise Lines ship Sensation from Jan 24-July 25 2014. I am once again available for a new project.

While in the Twin Cities I am primary keysman in several bands:

Dee Miller Band (blues)
Acme Jazz Company (big band)
Fergus Plinko (Americana/Celtic/psychedelic)
Willie Walker and We R (contemporary and classic RnB/blues)
No Limits - the B Side (RnB/pop/funk)
The Green Project (rock)
The Shadows (50s tribute rock/pop)
Express Band (r&b/pop)
Rare Medium (jazz/acid jazz)

I also perform as a sub or add'l player with:
Big Island (variety) Sonic Jones (jam band), A Hard Day's Night (Beatles tribute), Steve Sullivan & the Factory (variety), Devon Worley Band (country/rock), 3 Beer Warmup (rock), In2ition (funk/rock), Mick Sterling and the Irresistibles (variety), Big Toe and the Jam (dance/variety), Funktion Junction (rock/R&B/funk), Snak Attack (urban funk/jazz).

Available and open to all genres. Always looking for a new original band that wants to tour. I always keep a new project or two under development.

Previously I played in these bands:
The Henchmen/ Capt. Mike and the Totems (alt rock/psychedelic), Eclectics (variety), Karl B and the Soul Surgeons (funk/fusion), Snak Attack (urban funk/jazz), Kenny and the Bastids (jazz), the Tesfa Combos (jazz), Rare Medium (cool jazz/fusion), 8 Switch (rock/funk/RnB), Love Deluxe (Sade tribute), Roger James Quartet (jazz), Prior Avenue (classic RnB/soul/funk), Jeff Wenberg (rock), UST Jazz Ensemble (big band), M Theory (rock and soul revue), The Phat Four (fusion).

Available as a session keyboardist and have references available from several engineers and producers. I have also contracted w/ St. Paul Public Schools as a music director / accompianist each year from 2007-2013. I perform for several churches of various denominations every Sunday and during the Holiday seasons.

I can be contacted at: "tulgeywould@". Visit
"jessemueller.com" for more samples, vids and schedule.

Screen name:
funkmasterjesse
Member since:
Sep 10 2009
Active within 1 week
Level of commitment:
Touring
Years playing music:
20
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week
Available to gig:
6-7 nights a week
Most available:
Nights

Influences

Brian Auger, David Benoit, Scott Bradlee, Dave Brubeck, Jamie Callum, Michel Camilo, Ray Charles, Chick Corea, Claude Debussy, Dr. John, George Duke, Danny Elfman, Hiromi Euhara, Donald Fagen, Vince Guaraldi, George Gershwin, Herbie Hancock, Donny Hathaway, Bob James, Yoko Kanno, Alicia Keys, Mike Kindred, Chuck Leavell, Michel Legrande, Ramsey Lewis, Tanya Maria, Kieko Matsui, Bruce McCabe, Les McCann, Jack McDuff, John Medeski, Thelonious Monk, Ennio Morricone, Jelly Roll Morton, Bobby Peterson*, Oscar Peterson, Ricky Peterson, Billy Powell, Billy Preston, Ravel, Greg Rolie, Leon Russell, Joe Sample, Eric Satie, Horace Silver, Chester Thompson, Tom Waits, Steve Winwood, Stevie Wonder, Mitch Woods, Joe Zawinul

Instrument experience:

Keyboard:
Expert
Piano:
Expert
Background Singer:
Moderate
Other Percussion:
Intermediate

EQUIPMENT

Currently use a Nord Stage 2, Nord Stage 88, Roland FP-3, MicroKorg 37 Synth/Vocoder, Korg Triton LE (for string arrangements), JBL 15XTs for performance. Also use from time to time K5M sound module for analog synth and a Mackie 802-VLZ3 digital mixer.

MUSIC

CALENDAR

Every Sunday, New Hope, MN

Whiskey Junction, Mpls w/ Tabah Yames

Easter 2 shows @ Lutheran Church of the Master

Jammin' Wings Brooklyn Park

Every Sunday, New Hope, MN

Easter 2 shows @ Lutheran Church of the Master

Crooner's (formerly The Shorewood Inn)

@ Freddy's Tiki Hut, 1820 Rice Street St Paul, MN

@ Crooners, Fridley MN

Every Sunday, New Hope, MN

MMC, St. Paul

@ Freddy's Tiki Hut, 1820 Rice Street St Paul, MN

Inn Kahoots, Hamel MN

Inn Kahoots, Hamel MN

Every Sunday, New Hope, MN

Famous Dave's BotBB Semi -finals, Calhoun Sq. Mpls

Famous Dave's BotBB Semi-finals, Calhoun Sq. Mpls

Crooner's (formerly The Shorewood Inn)

@ Freddy's Tiki Hut, 1820 Rice Street St Paul, MN

@ Arnellia's St. Paul

Roy Wilkins Auditorium, St. Paul

Every Sunday, New Hope, MN

@ Freddy's Tiki Hut, 1820 Rice Street St Paul, MN

Whiskey Junction, MPLS

Every Sunday, Robbinsdale, MN

Battle of the Blues Bands (round 2) @ FD's, Calhoun Sq. Mpls

Crooner's (formerly The Shorewood Inn)

@ Freddy's Tiki Hut, 1820 Rice Street St Paul, MN

Whiskey Junction, MPLS

Continental Fire Co. 408 East Montezuma Ave, Houghton, MI 49931 w/Jess?

Every Sunday, Robbinsdale, MN

MMC, St. Paul

@ Freddy's Tiki Hut, 1820 Rice Street St Paul, MN

Every Sunday, Robbinsdale, MN

BotBB Finals @ FD's Calhoun Sq. Mpls (if DMB makes it to the final round)

Crooner's (formerly The Shorewood Inn)

@ Freddy's Tiki Hut, 1820 Rice Street St Paul, MN

Every Sunday, Robbinsdale, MN

@ Freddy's Tiki Hut, 1820 Rice Street St Paul, MN

JR's RedLake, MN? 17403 Artesian Spring Rd NE, Kelliher, Minnesota?

Every Sunday, Robbinsdale, MN

Crooner's Fridley MN

@ Freddy's Tiki Hut, 1820 Rice Street St Paul, MN

Whiskey Junction, MPLS

Every Sunday, Robbinsdale, MN

@ Freddy's Tiki Hut, 1820 Rice Street St Paul, MN

Cormorant Village, Detroit Lakes, MN

Comorant Village, Detroit Lakes MN

Karlstad MN for the Kickin' Up the Country fest

Every Sunday, Robbinsdale, MN

MMC St Paul

Crooners Fridley MN

@ Freddy's Tiki Hut, 1820 Rice Street St Paul, MN

Madison Blues Society Picnic, WI

Every Sunday, Robbinsdale, MN

@ Freddy's Tiki Hut, 1820 Rice Street St Paul, MN

Staring Lake Park, Eden Prairie, MN 55347 w/Jesse?

@ Bayside Grille, Excelsior

Every Sunday, Robbinsdale, MN

Lions Park Lindstrom MN w/ Jesse?

@ Freddy's Tiki Shack, 1620 Rice Street, St. Paul

Whiskey Junction, MPLS

St. Croix Island Casino, Turtle Lake, WI

St. Croix Island Casino, Turtle Lake, WI w/ Jesse?

Every Sunday, Robbinsdale, MN

Crooners Fridley MN

@ Freddy's Tiki Shack, 1620 Rice Street, St. Paul

Clay County Fair, Barnesville, MN

Every Sunday, Robbinsdale, MN

MMC St Paul

@ Freddy's Tiki Shack, 1620 Rice Street, St. Paul

Narrows Saloon, 3380 Shoreline Dr, Navarre, MN

Every Sunday, Robbinsdale, MN

Crooners Fridley MN

@ Freddy's Tiki Shack, 1620 Rice Street, St. Paul

Every Sunday, Robbinsdale, MN

@ Freddy's Tiki Shack, 1620 Rice Street, St. Paul

River City Days, Bay Point Park, Red Wing, MN 5:30-8PM

Every Sunday, Robbinsdale, MN

National Night Out - (community?)

Crooners Fridley MN

@ Freddy's Tiki Shack, 1620 Rice Street, St. Paul

Whiskey Junction, mpls

Bayfront Blues Festival, Duluth, MN

possibly the Pioneer Bar, Duluth

Rockwood's B&G, Otswego, MN

Every Sunday, Robbinsdale, MN

MMC, St. Paul

@ Freddy's Tiki Shack, 1620 Rice Street, St. Paul

Private Wedding, Golf Course Eden Prairie. Jesse also plays solo pre-ceremony

Every Sunday, Robbinsdale, MN

Crooners Fridley MN

@ Freddy's Tiki Shack, 1620 Rice Street, St. Paul

Every Sunday, Robbinsdale, MN

@ Freddy's Tiki Shack, 1620 Rice Street, St. Paul

Santiago Shakedown, Bailey Ray's, 2120 165th Ave, Santiago, MN

Santiago Shakedown, Bailey Ray's, 2120 165th Ave, Santiago, MN

Every Sunday, Robbinsdale, MN

Brookside B&G, 140 Judd Street, Marine On St. Croix, MN

Past Events

New Amsterdam Cafe, 6 West 6th St St.Paul

Famous Dave's Battle of the Bands, Calhoun Sq., Mpls

Every Sunday, New Hope, MN

Keiran's Pub Minneapolis

Wilebski's in St. Paul

@ Freddy's Tiki Hut, 1820 Rice Street St Paul, MN

Every Sunday, New Hope, MN

Grand Forks, ND

@ Acadia in Minneapolis

@ Freddy's Tiki Hut, 1820 Rice Street St Paul, MN

MMC, St. Paul

Every Sunday, New Hope, MN

Edina Galleria Westin

FP featuring Amy Smith @ Whiskey Junction, Mpls. Bloodshot also plays

@ Freddy's Tiki Hut, 1820 Rice Street St Paul, MN

Crooner's (formerly The Shorewood Inn)

Every Sunday, New Hope, MN

Manitou Station, 2171 4th Street, White Bear Lake, MN 55110

Driftwood Char Bar w/ TGP

@ Driftwood Char Bar w/ Fergus

Fish-a-palooza @ Crystal Lake, Burnsville MN 1:30-4:30pm

@ Freddy's Tiki Hut, 1820 Rice Street St Paul, MN

@ Hilton Mpls/Bloomington, MN 8-11PM private party

Every Sunday, New Hope, MN

@ Frankie's Pizza, New Hope

@ Honey, Mpls

@ Freddy's Tiki Hut, 1820 Rice Street St Paul, MN

Manitou Station, 2171 4th Street, White Bear Lake, MN 55110

Every Sunday, New Hope, MN

Legends, St. Cloud

MMC, St. Paul

Every Sunday, New Hope, MN

"The Night The Music Died" Fargo, ND w/ A Hard Days Night (Beatles tribute)

Fargo ND w/ The Shadows

@ Whiskey Junction, Mpls (show to be video taped)

Crooner's (formerly The Shorewood Inn)

Every Sunday, New Hope, MN

Shaw's Mpls

@ Mattie's on Main, Mpls 9-11PM

Every Sunday, New Hope, MN

River City Extreme, 3875 School Blvd, Monticello, MN 55362

Floyd's, Victoria, MN

Bunkers, Minneapolis

Crooner's (formerly The Shorewood Inn)

Every Sunday, Brooklyn Park. MN

MMC, St. Paul

Every Sunday, Brooklyn Park. MN

Crooner's (formerly The Shorewood)

Every Sunday, Brooklyn Park. MN

Afternoon benefit for Pat M. @ MMC, Saint Paul, MN

Keiran's Pub, Minneapolis

Whiskey Junction, Mpls

NYE party, Withrow Ballroom, Hugo MN

Every Sunday, Brooklyn Park. MN

Christmas eve special show @ Church of the Master, Brooklyn Park

Every Sunday, Brooklyn Park. MN

Hollihans, WBL

Sat-in for a couple songs @ Bunker's

MMC, St. Paul

Every Sunday, Brooklyn Park. MN

MN Valley Country Club, 6300 Auto Club Rd, Bloomington,MN 55438

Every Sunday, Brooklyn Park. MN

Grumpy's, St. Bonifacious, MN

Whistling Pickle, Zimmerman MN subbing for Zach Sershon

Whiskey Junction, mpls

Every Sunday, Brooklyn Park. MN

Benefit for Steve Faison @ Wilebski's

Every Sunday, Brooklyn Park. MN

Shaw's Minneapolis

@ Floyd's B&G, Victoria, MN

Bunkers, Mpls

Benefit at Shaw's B&G, Minneapolis

MMC, St. Paul

Whiskey Junction, Mpls

Devils' Night Halloween Costume Party @ Whiskey Junction also 3 Beer Warm Up

Halloween Bash @ Whiskey Junction w/ Fergus Plinko

@ Floyd's in Victoria, MN

Breezy Point, MN 10/24 & 25

Breezy Point, MN 10/24 & 25

@ Bunker's, mpls (sat-in first jam)

Wilebski's, Saint Paul

@ Señor Wongs, St. Paul, MN 8-11PM

MMC, St Paul

Pig roast, Hugo MN

The School II, Chanhassen

Old Arizona, 2821 Nicollet Ave, Mpls

Hutchinson Event Center

@ Holihan's Pub, 2160 3rd St., White Bear Lake, MN

@VFW Saint Paul

@ Legends, St. Cloud, MN

MMC, st paul

Mpls private party

Thresher Days in Dalton, MN

Whiskey Junction, Mpls. The Quincys open 8:30pm

Shaw's, Mpls

Floyd's in Victoria, MN

Drums keys guitar @ Grumpy's MPLS

@ School II, Chanhassen, MN

Riverfront Concert Series, Elk River, MN

Honey, Mpls

Brown Co. Fair, Aberdeen, SD 4:30 and 6pm

Stubb's, Battle Lake MN

Whiskey Junction, Mpls

Whiskey Junction, Mpls

Caffetto Craft Fair, Caffetto Coffee House, 708 West 22nd St. Minneapolis, MN

The Narrows in Navarre MN. Jesse's homecoming

Blaine Summer Concert in the Park, Town Sq. Park, Blaine MN

Floyd's in Victoria w/ Tom Bright

Whiskey Junction, MPLS

Return from the Bahamas

2/8/14 thru 7/24/14 Bahamas (46 3-day and 4-day cruises) stage shows, lounge sets, and karaoke assists.

1/24/14 thru 2/21/14 in Pompano Beach, FL

Brooklyn Park, MN

Medina Entertainment Center, Hamel, MN $12 at the Door - 8:30pm

Driftwood Char Bar, Mpls Zachary Flategraff opens (@8?)

MMC, St. Paul

Brooklyn Park, MN

@ Wilebski's, St. Paul for Winter Dance?

Brooklyn Park, MN

Sherwood Lounge, No St. Paul

Thunder Valley B&G, Burnsville

NYE @ Arrowwood, Lake Okiboji