About Me

Ryan was born September 9th 1990 and grew up in the Boston suburb of Natick, Massachusetts. At an early age he was full of energy and always enjoyed music. He started playing the trumpet through his elementary school band program when he entered the 4th grade. During his primary education Ryan joined every band available to him and participated in events such as concerts, recitals, auditions, talent shows, and recording sessions. During these years Ryan also learned how to play the piano and flugelhorn.

Jazz was a part of Ryan’s life ever since his early childhood because of his grandfather: a jazz drummer. Ryan found that he had a knack for improvising when he joined his middle school jazz band.

This passion for jazz continued into high school where he learned to blow over more intricate chord progressions. He has participated in summer programs at places such as Marshfield High School the South Shore Conservatory, and Berklee College of Music at its Five Week Program.

He now is a student at Berklee continuing his studies in jazz performance and composition. While undertaking a double major in Jazz Composition and Electronic Production and Design he is in bands such as his self-led jazz sextet Deceptive Revolution, Porctopus, and Nigel Newton and the Premarital Sextet. In the past he has played in Hershey Park’s Chocolate Covered Band and various parade bands. He is also working with software programs such as Reason, Digital Performer, Logic, Protools, and Ableton Live to produce electronic music. He has studied trumpet under individuals such as Bobby Gallegos, Charlie Lewis, Lin Biviano, and Darren Barrett.

Experience & Education

Current

  • Member for Tribe Productions
    January 2012 to Present (over 5 years)

    A collective of jazz and world music bands.

  • Trumpet Player for Porctopus
    April 2011 to Present (over 6 years)

    A high energy Ska-Rock-Dance band that occasionally performs as Lady Skaga (A Ska Lady Gaga cover band).

  • Trumpet Player for Nigel Newton and the Premarital Sextet
    March 2011 to Present (over 6 years)

    A jazz-influenced funk band that primarily performs Nigel Newton's original songs.

  • Band Leader, Composer, Manager, and Trumpet Player for Deceptive Revolution
    January 2011 to Present (over 6 years)

    Bio: Deceptive Revolution is a jazz sextet originating from Berklee College of Music. The group primarily plays Ryan Jessel’s original compositions. It does this in a way that is fresh and exciting, yet true to the tradition of jazz.

Past

  • Trumpet Player for Hershey Park
    May 2010 to August 2010 (3 months)

    I auditioned for and was selected to work for the Chocolate Covered Band, a Hershey Park strolling band. The band played 4 to 5 sets per day 6 days a week and participated in the IAPA Theme Park Awards Contest in addition to recording sessions. It was a great experience.

Education

  • BM in Jazz Composition, EPD (Double Major) at Berklee College of Music
    2009 to 2013 (4 years)
  • Diploma in Liberal Arts at Natick High School
    2005 to 2009 (4 years)