Mr. Jesse J. Dietschi
Jesse Dietschi (B.Mus, M.Mus) is the Bass Representative on the Board of Directors for the Suzuki Association of Ontario. He is the bass instructor with the Oakville Suzuki Association in Oakville, St. Andrew’s College in Aurora, and teaches students in the Southwestern Ontario region. He is a versatile musician and composer equally experienced in jazz, classical, and popular music. He has earned a Masters degree in Jazz Performance from the University of Toronto and a Masters degree in Composition from Brandon University, and is a former bass faculty member at Brandon University and the International Music Camp. He has appeared on international broadcasts for the CBC and on NBC’s hit television show Hannibal. Jesse is a member of the contemporary jazz ensemble Tunnel Six, and is the Principal Double Bassist with Markham’s Kindred Spirits Orchestra. He has performed, toured, and recorded with a wide range of artists, including The Headstones, the Gryphon Trio’s Jamie Parker, Robi Botos, the Canadian Tenors’ Ken Lavigne, Tapestry New Opera, Richard Underhill, Brownman Ali, Irene Torres and the Sugar Devils, and Mexico’s Northern Lights chamber music festival. In 2015 Jesse was accepted on scholarship to the prestigious Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, where he studies with Toronto Symphony Orchestra principal Jeffrey Beecher. During the 2015 Luminato Festival in Toronto, Jesse was part of the bass section for the historic production of R. Murray Schafer’s Apocalypsis.
Jesse has served simultaneously as a jazz and chamber/orchestral bassist for both the Clear Lake (Manitoba) and Northern Lights (Mexico) chamber music festivals. He has also toured and performed at major clubs and festivals with Celtic, R&B, hip-hop, rock, blues, reggae, and funk bands across Canada and the US. In 2013, Jesse joined the international touring jazz sextet Tunnel Six, and will be featured on their upcoming recording. He was also featured as a guest musician on the November 2014 album One in the Chamber Music from the legendary Canadian rock quartet The Headstones, and can be heard on electric bass with Peruvian vocalist Irene Torres on the 2013 CBC Sounds of the Season broadcast.
In 2013, Jesse served as the double bassist and electric bassist for Tapestry New Opera and Edmonton Opera’s collaborative world premier of Juliet Palmer’s chamber opera Shelter. He was also the Principal Bassist for the Arts Yukon presentation of Mozart’s Requiem in Whitehorse. As a leader, Jesse runs a hybrid ensemble that blends classical and jazz instrumentation and aesthetics, and has been featured in Jazz Winnipeg’s Nu Sounds concert series. He has also performed in the Winnipeg Jazz Festival, the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, and Toronto’s Beaches International Jazz Festival, among others.