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Fischer’s newest project Resilience, released August 2020, is a full-length album of original compositions exploring deeper connections between modern jazz, Jewish and African traditional music, and European classical music, and features special guests including Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Becca Stevens, Gregoire Marét, Sarah Elizabeth Charles, Mino Cinélu, and young lion Morgan Guerin, along with his working group of Obed Calvaire (drums), Godwin Louis (alto & soprano sax), Billy Buss (trumpet), David Cutler (bass), Jordan Peters (guitar), and Keita Ogawa (percussion). With seven instrumentals and two songs with lyrics penned by Fischer himself with co-writers Sarah Elizabeth Charles and May Cheung, the album is both deeply personal and necessarily political, responding to the wave of white nationalism, authoritarianism, and hate that has swept the globe in recent years. The compositions on Resilience emerged after a period of intense self-reflection, and range emotionally from despair to resistance to optimism to celebration.

playlists & radio

75k streams to date (Spotify)
On the Corner & Jazz Currents (Apple Music)
Brandee Younger’s “The Jazz Takeover” (Spotify)
Video of the Day (Jazzwise)
Jazz Album of the Week (SoulandJazz.com)
Weekly Discover Playlist (JAZZIZ)
New Music Friday Playlist (ASCAP)
Rhythm Planet Jukebox (Tom Schnabel, KCRW, Los Angeles)
Jazz — 2020 Future Classics Playlist (MusicIsMySanctuary.com)
New Jazz Releases Playlist (JazzinEurope.com)
NPO Soul & Jazz (Netherlands)
Saturday Night Jazz (CBC, Canada)
Jazz Happening Now (PRX)
The S.O.U.L. of Jazz (WCLK, Atlanta)
The Journey, Full Circle, & The Blueprint (Jazz FM, London)

press

Jesse Fischer is a musician who dreams out loud. Whether in performance or on record, the ideas that spring from his ensembles are joyful soundscapes for healing. It’s a party, but with a purpose — a necessity as we come into the “new normal.”
— Greg Bryant, WBGO/NPR Music
Fischer displays an Ellingtonian ability to conjure emotions, ideas, and impressions out of harmony, blending vocals, horns, and keyboards into an evocative portrait of the modern world. One of the best jazz albums of the summer of 2020, a sophisticated, coherent work that speaks to meaningful topics.
— PostGenre
Furthering his explorations in contemporary jazz fusion, the compositions on Resilience are introspective, yet playful and free, best reflected in the album’s title track, featuring the legendary trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Ajuah, ‘Play Date’ and the tune ‘The Wanderer,’ with Grégoire Maret on harmonica.
— Music Is My Sanctuary
Jesse Fischer’s music is a melting pot of musical styles, which makes it complex yet accessible. His unique blend of jazz, funk, and pop highlight his talents as a performer, composer, and producer. When patrons leave a Jesse Fischer concert after it ends, they have a better understanding of how jazz influences modern music.
— Gabe Pollack, Bop Stop at the Music Settlement, Cleveland, OH
Jesse and his band brought a great freshness to the stage, showcasing honed composition skills as well as elevated improvising.
— John Shannon, Con Alma, Pittsburgh, PA
Resilience is unquestionably clever yet soulful. Music for the thinking being. Or if you need to zone out and be taken to a special place. Jesse’s collaborations here and across his catalogue are incredible. Full support.
— Dan Stillit, Soho Radio
Humility aside, Fischer dazzles, coaxing supportive, harmonic and surprising notes from his arsenal of keyboards and synths… a riveting, oft-breathtaking listen.
— Glide Magazine
A passionate and relevant voice in times where these voices are needed. Fischer has become adept at crafting deeply personal pieces of music rooted within a jazz-funk aesthetic.
— Blue-in-Green:RADIO
Jesse Fischer has not only envisioned and composed a beautiful album, he has brought together the right players for the right job. It is executed with power and precision and — dare I say — purity. Resilience does not lose its way once. It is focused and is a frontal assault at what life throws our way, and how we can overcome.
— The Jazz Owl
Touches all the bases: heartfelt melodies, danceable rhythms from the Caribbean and Africa, rich orchestration and piquant jazz solos… Immensely likeable.
— John Chacona, let’s call this
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bio

Jesse Fischer is a Brooklyn-based pianist, composer, and producer. Known for his warm, soulful touch and emphasis on melody, groove, storytelling and emotion, his unique voice combines elements of his own Jewish heritage with music of the African diaspora, jazz, hip-hop, indie, and singer-songwriter genres. A recent awardee of the South Arts Jazz Road grant, as well as a three-time ASCAP Plus Award winner, Fischer has performed with many notables in the jazz, pop, and world music scenes, including Becca Stevens, Mino Cinélu, Sarah Elizabeth Charles, Grace Kelly, Lakecia Benjamin, Deva Mahal, and Takuya Kuroda. He has released several records as a leader, most recently Resilience (self-released, 2020), which PostGenre called “One of the best jazz albums of the summer of 2020”, and the Herbie Hancock/Head Hunters remix project Vein Melter (Tru Thoughts, 2015), created jointly with producer/multi-instrumentalist Sly5thAve. He is also a core member of the groundbreaking Brooklyn Afro-pop/jazz fusion collective Ajoyo and producer & engineer of their sophomore release, War Chant.

Fischer has brought his unique voice as a composer and bandleader to stages around the world. With over 1.3 million plays on Spotify to date, his music has been featured on Spotify’s flagship editorial playlists like State of Jazz, Butter, and Fresh Finds, Apple Music’s playlists Jazz Currents and On the Corner, as well as taste-making radio shows from Gilles Peterson (BBC Radio 6), Anthony Valadez and Jeremy Sole (KCRW), Miller Time with legendary bassist/producer Marcus Miller (Sirius/XM) and Wicked Jazz Sounds (Amsterdam).

Ever prolific and versatile, Fischer also has many years’ experience as a producer and songwriter in the indie-pop, soul, and singer-songwriter genres. Fischer’s credits as a producer, engineer, and songwriter include Morgan James, Laura Izibor, Elise Testone, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Samora Pinderhughes, Justin Brown, BIGYUKI, and many others. Fischer’s remixes for artists such as Emily King, Gregory Porter, Hiatus Kaiyote, Space Captain, and Takuya Kuroda have been spun on dancefloors and parties all across the globe, from Singapore to Amsterdam to South Africa to London. He is also a passionate educator with experience teaching music and music production to young people of all ages, in both a private and classroom setting.

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