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Reader Spotlight: Jesse Brotter

Jesse Brotter

Meet Jesse Brotter, a bassist living in Queens who stays busy performing around Boston and New York with a number of bands. Jesse describes his playing as versatile, with a frenzied style. He’s this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight, and here’s his story…


Jesse Brotter is an east coast-based electric bassist, multi-instrumentalist, session musician, instructor, and composer for award-winning shorts and series. Steeped in soul/funk/R&B bass traditions, as well as a plethora of diverse musical influences, he has cultivated an inventively authentic yet versatile playing style, via years of relentless live performances, collaborative session work, independent recording projects, and touring/recording with his bands. With attention to all musical stylings, but allegiance to none, Brotter hopes to define himself by the uniqueness of approach. Jesse has studied closely with Michael Rubino, Fernando Huergo, Joel Larue Smith, and Nando Michelin.



Years experience:

15 years

Bands & Gigs:

My primary live projects right now are “Crumb” and “The American Symphony of Soul.”

I can also be seen in concert these days with Slums NYC and Topaz Jones, as well as countless other acts.

“Crumb” is an east coast-based psychedelic soul band, currently performing in Boston and New York in support of their self-titled debut EP from September 2016. The group has gained overwhelming public and critical support from its humble origins, landing on Spotify’s Undercurrents and Discovery Weekly playlists. New performances, recordings, music videos, and in-studio radio performances are slotted for the coming months.

“The American Symphony of Soul” muscled their way to status as a mainstay on the Cambridge music scene with a highly athletic set. The group first gained notoriety through their residency at The famed Middle East Nightclub in Cambridge, where returning fans and passersby alike pack the dance floor to get a taste of the big sound and high energy every first Friday of the month. The group has headlined at the iconic Paramount Theatre in Boston, Brighton Music Hall, The Middle East Downstairs, Johnny D’s, The Hard Rock Cafe, and Church of Boston. The ten-piece ensemble has proudly shared the stage with The Roots, RJD2, Ripe, Danny Bedrosian of Parliament Funkadelic, and Chucklehead. A 2015 Middle East Nightclub performance was listed as #1 in The Boston Globe‚Äôs weekend to-do list.

I also wrote and recorded bass on the self-titled album by my former group, “Bad and Blue,” sharing the stage with “Noname” for a 2014 performance.


I only own and play one bass:
Ibanez Artcore ASB140

I also use one noteworthy pedal:
Danelectro Pepperoni Phaser

I think that limiting gear has helped me learn about my own sound.

My bass superpower/claim to fame:

Versatility and frenzied style, I hope.

My influences:

Joe Dart, Stephen Bruner, Rick Danko, Chester Hansen, Pino Palladino, Carol Kaye, and Flea.


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