Who Is Jesse Fischer?

Brooklyn-based pianist/composer Jesse Fischer is crafting a fresh new hybrid sound, with eclectic influences ranging from jazz fusion, psychedelic soul, indie, folk and world music. Downbeat hails his “astounding energy”, writing that “creative ideas seem to issue forth from his hands to his instruments at a geyser-like rate.” With a strong emphasis on catchy, infectious grooves and memorable melodies, Fischer’s music easily crosses boundaries between jazz, soul, and pop. A triple threat as musician, engineer, and producer, Fischer has recorded six albums as a leader with his working unit Soul Cycle, most recently the ObliqSound release Retro Future. Fischer’s warm, soulful touch, and bold, spacious compositions have earned him three SoulTracks Award nominations and most recently an Independent Music Award nod.

In addition to leading his own band, Fischer tours internationally with Prince protégé Andy Allo, Atlantic recording artist Laura Izibor, and Grammy-nominated soul singer Ryan Shaw, and his playing is featured on Anthony Hamilton’s Grammy-nominated album Back To Love. In addition, Fischer co-produced and engineered Laura Izibor’s Brooklyn Sessions, Vol. 1 EP on Atlantic Records and is currently lending his production/engineering talents to emerging artists Rachel Eckroth, Ezra Brown, Melanie Charles, and Brenda Nicole Moorer. His songs have been heard on television shows including “Criminal Minds” (CBS), “Franklin & Bash” (TNT), “Orange is the New Black” (Netflix), and “Model City” (BET).

Selected Appearances


2013
Blue Note Jazz Club (NYC) – Jesse Fischer & Soul Cycle w/ special guests Mino Cinelu, Dayna Stephens, Lauren Desberg
Jackson Rhythm & Blues Festival (Jackson, MS) – w/ Laura Izibor
World Cafe Live (Philly) – Jesse Fischer & Soul Cycle
Bohemian Caverns (DC) – Jesse Fischer & Soul Cycle
Blue Note Jazz Festival (NYC) – Jesse Fischer & Soul Cycle
SXSW (Austin, TX) – w/ Andy Allo

2012
Pittsburgh Jazz Festival (Pittsburgh, PA) – Jesse Fischer & Soul Cycle
Artscape Festival (Baltimore, MD) – w/ Laura Izibor
B. B. King’s (NYC) – w/ Ryan Shaw
World Cafe Live (Philly) – w/ Ryan Shaw
Le Poisson Rouge (NYC) – w/ Lakecia Benjamin
MusicMeeting Festival (Nijmegen, Netherlands) – w/ Lakecia Benjamin
Moers Festival (Moers, Germany) – w/ Lakecia Benjamin
Cosmopolitan (Las Vegas, NV) – w/ Ryan Shaw
Summerfest (Milwaukee, WI) – w/ Ryan Shaw
Kennedy Center (DC) – w/ Andre Henry
Winter Jazz Festival (NYC) – Jesse Fischer & Soul Cycle w/ special guest Casey Benjamin

2011
Rock The Bells (NYC) – w/ Black Moon
Macy’s Music Festival (Cincinnati, OH) – w/ Laura Izibor
Cape Town International Jazz Festival (South Africa) – w/ Laura Izibor
Hampton Jazz Festival (Hampton, VA) – w/ Laura Izibor
Blues Alley (Washington, DC) – Jesse Fischer & Soul Cycle
Churchill Grounds (Atlanta, GA) – Jesse Fischer & Soul Cycle
Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival (Jamaica) – w/ Laura Izibor

2010
Skywards International Jazz Festival (Dubai, UAE) – w/ Laura Izibor

Press Quotes

“Jesse Fischer plays with astounding energy; creative ideas seem to issue forth from his hands to his instruments at a geyser-like rate. But he and his young band, Soul Cycle, are at their best when they show restraint, letting a rhythm drive its way toward some resolution.”
— DownBeat

“Jesse Fischer’s new album Retro Future takes us back into the timeless sounds of jazz-funk and soul, while commanding elements of electro, hip-hop and African influences.”
— JazzTimes

“Jersey-bred, Brooklyn-based keyboardist composes sleek funk, a lá Jeff Lorber, but possess a delicate touch like Chick Corea, all while leading his agile road band, Soul Cycle. His chops behind the keys are only surpassed by his prowess as a producer, arranger and engineer.”
— The Revivalist

“The music is continually expanding into new horizons, and few are as sumptuous as the one Soul Cycle mines. The heavy (if occasionally jittery) grooves are foundations for lyrical, gorgeous blossoms of melody and sound.”
— Washington City Paper