Austin Jazz Society - Monks Jazz
A native of the California Bay Area, Jessica Mortensen was originally a classically trained pianist. Throughout her teenage years, she explored several different genres and instruments before she picked up the tenor saxophone. She pursued a jazz emphasis mid-way through high school and continued experimenting with related styles from there. From jazz to soul, fusion to R&B, Jessica's versatility appeals to a wide range of musical tastes.
Moving to Austin for educational pursuits, Jessica earned a bachelor's degree in 2020 in Cell & Molecular Biology at the University of Texas at Austin, while actively involving herself in the school's jazz program as well as the Austin music scene.
Mortensen has gone on to tour the U.S. and Europe, performing at various jazz festivals including the North Sea Jazz Festival and Montreux Jazz Festival. In addition, she has performed alongside esteemed artists such as Cyrus Chestnut, Bob Sheppard, and Conrad Herwig. She performed at ACL 2019 with Gary Clark Jr. Jessica has performed regularly within the Austin area with groups such as Boss Street Brass Band, The Blondell Quintet, The Empire, Memphis Train Revue, The Austin Nines, and more.
Jessica Mortensen - Tenor Saxophone
Paul Deemer - Trombone
Cameron Riggs - Piano
James Suter - Double Bass
Fabio Augustinis - Drums