Performing Arts Department Chair
Name: Michael Gend
Office: PAB 3539
Phone: (818) 710-2268
Music Faculty Advisor
Name: Wendy Mazon
Office: MUS 3403A
Phone: (818) 710-2295
Applied Music Instructor
Jesse Audelo, Jazz Saxophone
Multi-instrumentalist arranger-composer, Jesse Audelo consistently performs with an engaging, passionate flare by combining his extensive knowledge of jazz improvisation with his humbling Mexican roots. Regularly performing with a number of award-winning groups including LA's Jungle Fire, San Diego's Sure Fire Soul Ensemble and Bay-area favorites La Misa Negra, Jesse's uniquely soulful sound has afforded him the opportunity to perform with these and a wide variety of notable industry artists. His credits include working with Platinum-award winning soul singer Frankie J, Monstercat producer Mike Ault, Reggae-legends The Original Wailers, Grammy-award winners La Santa Cecilia, Kamau Kenyatta, Daniel Reagan, Adrián Terrazas-Gonzales, among others. Being a versatile musician, Jesse has also performed with well-established classical ensembles including the San Diego Symphony, San Diego Summer Pops and San Diego Winds.
Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, Jesse was exposed to a variety of music starting at an early age particularly from local radio stations playing oldies, jazz and RnB. He sought to emulate the rugged, dynamic saxophone sounds of players like Junior Walker and Maceo Parker when he took up the saxophone in middle school. Continually playing all through high school, Jesse decided to pursue a career in music and relocated to San Diego where he honed his craft among the nurturing music community. This experience elevated his abilities as he began sharing the bandstand with seasoned jazz musicians such as Gilbert Castellanos, Joe Marillo, Christopher Hollyday, Bob Magnussen, among other esteemed San Diego locals. As a supporter of the Chicano movement, Jesse's performances at the Ensenada Jazz Festival, Tijuana Jazz and Blues Festival, Chinto Mendoza Jazz Festival, and Chicano art shows in Barrio Logan proved to be pivotal to his musical and cultural identity. Throughout his career, he has frequented Latin jazz jam sessions where he was originally exposed to the Afro-Latin styles in which he now thrives as a composer and arranger even having works published through 3-2 music.
With his career now spanning over a decade, Jesse has been recognized by being awarded several San Diego Music Awards with different groups and through acclaimed reviews even in the musical theater community. Distinguished theater critic Pat Launer wrote of Jesse:
"Special kudos to Audelo for his masterful playing of flute, clarinet and sax."
For his role in the 2015 production of Everybody's Talkin': The Music of Harry Nilsson featuring Tony-award winners Greg Jbara and Alice Ripley.
Jesse also continues to grow as an educator. His experience includes private lessons and coaching woodwinds and jazz for a variety of San Diego area high school and middle school music programs since 2008. Recently, Jesse has started a burgeoning career in academia as the Woodwinds faculty at CSU San Marcos as well as having been faculty at Palomar College and Point Loma Nazarene University.
Jesse holds a Bachelors of Music degree in Jazz Studies from San Diego State University, a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Jazz from the California Institute of the Arts and is currently pursuing a second graduate degree in Music Industry Administration from Cal State University, Northridge.
Currently residing in Los Angeles, Jesse is active in the music communities throughout Southern California.
"The key to success in this industry is to be the person everyone WANTS to work with, not the person everyone HAS to work with." - Jesse Audelo