Guitarist & Composer

Jesse Baskin

About Me

Jesse Baskin is a freelance guitarist for original artists and projects, as well as wedding, general business, and club date bands. He is the leader of the new funk/soul project, “Real Intentions”, whose debut EP was released this past February. 

Work

My Recent Work

“Hard Slurpee” – 711

Licensed with Music + Strategy

“Game day delivery” – UPS

Licensed with Amber Music 

“Luv Bugs” – film score

Beginning Scenes

“GAA Sounds of Summer” – Gaelic athletic association

Licensed with Avant Music Port

“Expert Eyes” – restasis

Licensed with Amber Music 

LIBRARY TRACK EXAMPLES

Projects

Real Intentions

Founded by guitarist and composer Jesse Baskin during the Covid-19 pandemic, funk, soul and retro rooted project Real Intentions is timeless music born out of unsure times. 


The isolation that musicians faced during 2020 was an unforgiving blow to artists around the globe. Like many others, to keep sane Jesse Baskin began to collaborate with friends remotely. What started as condensed informal demos, written as a means to bring music back into their  lives, turned into 5 fully fledged songs. Jesse’s deep admiration for funk and soul inspired music blended effortlessly with Real Intentions’ co-collaborators–from meaningful lyrics and vocals supplied by powerhouse singers, to soulful trumpet and punchy saxophone playing, and a tight rhythm section providing a backbone of catchy parts.

Real Intentions featured collaborators include: singer/songwriter, Sharisse Francisco, singer/songwriter’s Kim Foxen and Mel Johnston, keys player Patrick Carr, pianist’s Harry Foster and Eric Lanes, bassist Ronald Lanzilotta, trombonist Chris Ott, trumpeter Kai Sandoval, drummer Kenny Shaw, and saxophonist Jared Yee. 

Represented on the Real Intentions EP cover created by Carles Garcia O’Dowd, the project features collaborators from Across the US–from Brooklyn to San Diego. While recording remotely and digitally was ideal for a pandemic climate, Jesse brought in musician, producer and engineer Billy Aukstik to mix the EP at his very own Hivemind Studios on an analog console to bring the songs to life. The Real Intentions EP final touches were mastered by JJ Golden of Golden Mastering in Ventura, CA, whose previous experience working with Daptone Records, Jungle Fire, Evolfo, among others.

Projects

The Kenmore Quartet

Since 2016, The Kenmore Quartet has provided first-class music and entertainment to a variety of clients and events. Our mission is simple: to provide the perfect music to enhance the ambiance of your unique event with excellent customer service.

Available in all group sizes, from solo, duo, to however many players you need, The Kenmore Quartet is a band that specializes in providing music for holiday events, parties, restaurants, functions, weddings, and affairs of the like. We work with you every step of the way—from booking, to your guests’ final departure.

Projects

The New Review

Jesse served as founder, manager, booking agent, and main composer for original eight-piece funk and soul band, The New Review. During its six-year lifespan, The New Review released one full-length album and three singles.

Jesse was the sole arranger and composer of music on the self titled album, and he wrote lyrics and vocal melodies on three of the songs. With The New Review, Jesse entertained large, vibrant, and receptive crowds at festivals, such as Friendly Gathering 2017, University of New Hampshire’s Solarfest 2017, Burlington, Vermont Mardi Gras Festival at the famous, Nectars, Jazz Festival 2018 at Skinny Pancake in Burlington, Waking Windows Festival 2018 in Winooski VT, and Arthop Festival 2018 at Artsriot in Burlington.

The band, known for their high-energy performances, also played packed and sold-out shows at Boston’s Brighton Music Hall and Burlington’s Nectars, and toured around northeastern United States.

about me

Jesse Baskin is a freelance guitarist and composer based out of his hometown of New York City. As a native New Yorker, the hustle and multiculturalism of the city have influenced his strong work ethic as a musician, self starter, as well as his appreciation of and familiarity with a wide variety of music genres. In his work as a guitarist, Jesse has made a lively addition collaborating with original artists and to wedding and corporate bands. Most recently, his new  funk and soul project “Real Intentions” debuted their first EP in February of 2021.

Jesse also served as founder, manager, booking agent, and main composer for original eight-piece funk and soul band, The New Review. During its six-year lifespan, The New Review released one full-length album and three singles. Jesse was the sole arranger and composer of music on the self titled album, and he wrote lyrics and vocal melodies on several of the songs.

With The New Review, Jesse entertained large, vibrant, and receptive crowds at festivals, such as Friendly Gathering 2017, University of New Hampshire’s Solarfest 2017, Burlington, Vermont Mardi Gras Festival at the famous, Nectars, Jazz Festival 2018 at Skinny Pancake in Burlington, Waking Windows Festival 2018 in Winooski VT, and Arthop Festival 2018 at Artsriot in Burlington. The band, known for their high-energy performances, also played packed and sold-out shows at Boston’s Brighton Music Hall and Burlington’s Nectars, and toured around northeastern United States.

In his experience as a composer, Jesse has created original music for advertisements, as well as library, and multi-media projects such as podcast themes. He specializes in writing funk, soul, rock, folk, jazz, all in lo-fi and vintage, but also modern styles. Jesse’s use of real instruments, including an eclectic arsenal of stringed instruments like an oud, a 1920s Martin tenor guitar, Hawaiian made Kamaka ukulele, and a vast array of guitars, as well as his humanizing MIDI sequencing skills, give his tracks an authentic feel and distinctive edge. 

Jesse graduated Magna Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music in 2015 with a degree in Contemporary Writing and Production, and as a guitar principal.

Contact Me

Get In Touch