Jess Green is an Australian musician, composer and performer. A highly talented guitarist and vocalist, her original works evoke diverse influences stretching from West Africa to the South Coast of Australia.
Most recently, Jess can be heard performing on the soundtrack for the Channel 9 Television series ‘Love Child’.
In 2014 Jess performed as a guitarist and vocalist in the Shaun Parker Company’s world premier of the music / dance production Am I for the Sydney Festival at the Sydney Opera House, and the Adelaide Festival. The live score has been nominated for a Helpman Award, and the show tours to Melbourne Festival in Oct 2014 and Europe in 2015.
Jess performs with a number of ensembles:
Born in Canberra, Australia Jess completed a Bachelor of Music (Jazz Studies) majoring in guitar at the Canberra School of Music, Australian National University graduating with first class honours and received the Directors Prize.
After travel through Europe and West Africa, Jess relocated to Sydney, where she performs in a variety of settings and genres.
Jess’ debut album, The Singing Fish and other short stories was released in 2005, to critical acclaim. The album features a 7 piece ensemble – The Green Septet. The group performed in Sydney and Melbourne and has continued to develop. In 2006 Jess won the Jann Rutherford Memorial Award which helped her tour the band nationally. In 2007 Jess was nominated for the Freedman Jazz Fellowship and in that same year, formed the rock group The New Dynamites, releasing an EP in 2009.
Jess has toured with The Catholics, Jim Conway’s Big Wheel, Gary Daley’s Sanctuary, The 10 Guitar Project, Frank Zappa tribute group Petulant Frenzy and The Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band. Jess performs at many of Australia’s premier music festivals, including Byron Bay Blues Festival, Wangaratta Jazz Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival and the Woodford Folk Festival.
In February 2013 Jess released her second album Tinkly Tinkly with 8 piece ensemble Jess Green’s Bright Sparks. The album was featured heavily on National Radio.
As well as composing, recording and performing with a number of groups, Jess has an extensive career as a music educator. She has toured for Musica Viva for over five years and has taught at The Australian Institute of Music, and The University of Western Sydney, lecturing in composition and song writing. She is also a regular tutor for SIMA’s annual Young Women’s Jazz Workshops, held at the Conservatorium in Sydney.
In 2013 Jess was commissioned to compose a work for ‘Primary School Band’, for the program Minor Works. This piece was performed in 2013 and will be performed again for the second Minor Works concert in 2014.