Jess Wayne is a Los Angeles area musician, singer-songwriter, poet and writer. Alone or together with his band, his music is electric bourbon folk with a jazz back – like Lou Reed playing bluesy Americana with Van Morrison backed by Sting’s jazz band. Jess is known for a fusion of “Modern Folk, Blues, easy Jazz and a dash of Americana” with “wisdom and honesty.”
The band includes world-class players including John Matthew Rosenberg on keys (Jerry Garcia, Cab Calloway, Larry Carlton), Jimmy Ledezma on percussion (Arco Iris, Los Pinguos, Wild Colonials) and Jesse Holsapple on bass and backup vocals (Dale Okerman, Tiran Porter - both of Doobie Brothers fame).
Critics have lauded Jess Wayne's last album "Ride The River" (released 2016):
“Jess Wayne Stuns with Debut... one of the most impressive and notable records of 2016” - Emily Hinde for No Depression (September 29, 2016).
“Blissful combination of modern Folk, Blues, easy Jazz and a dash of Americana... stunning debut.”— Louise Parker for Paste Magazine (September 29, 2016).
“Molten hot concoction of smooth jazz, contemporary folk, and cool blues that bring out the Americana “storytelling” ”— Sherryl Craig for Nashville Music Guide (Sept. 19, 2016).
“As many moments of blissful beauty as there are of thought provoking, real-life reflection.”— Rebecca Cullen, Stereo Stickman (Jul 8, 2016).
The journey has been a very long ride. Flashback to the 60's when young Jess (aka Douglas Jessop) was playing rock 'n roll in a garage band and playing high school dances. Then came a variety of exploratory careers including surveyor, cook, actor, dancer, photographer, filmmaker, lawyer (oh no!), poet and music student at Musicians Institute in Hollywood. Next came playing in numerous LA bands and recording for original projects. Now Jess is writing his own music with his own distinct voice - a singer/songwriter with huge variety because each song teaches him what it is about and what it wants. Music to feed and heal souls.