Jess was born in Canberra. In 2001 she completed a Bachelor of Music (Jazz Studies) majoring in guitar at the Canberra School of Music, ANU.
She graduated with first class honours, and received the Directors Prize.
After travel through Europe and West Africa, Jess based herself in Sydney for over ten years, working in a wide variety of styles and settings. Jess has released three recordings under her own name; The Singing Fish (Contemporary Jazz on Jazzgroove Records), The New Dynamites (Contemporary on Vitamin) and Tinkly Tinkly (Contemporary Jazz on Yum Yum Tree Records).
Her music has been critically acclaimed nationally, both in print and on radio, and she continues to explore new territory as a composer and singer songwriter. She has also worked extensively as a guitarist and guitarist/singer with many well known Australian musicians and groups, including touring extensively for The catholics and Jim Conway’s Big Wheel as well as Indie Electro/Rock musician Alyx Dennison.
Since 2012 Jess has worked as guitarist, percussionist and vocalist for Shaun Parker Dance Company, touring major arts festivals in Australia as well as Europe and Malaysia in 2015.
Jess has recorded with a number of premier Australian ensembles, and has worked as a session guitarist, recording for television. Jess continues a strong musical relationship with percussionist and composer Bree van Reyk , and has collaborated on New Music projects, together as improvisers, and on Bree’s educational projects such as ‘Minor Works’ and ‘Massive Band’.
Jess is a sought after music educator and has taught at The Australian Institute of Music, The University of Western Sydney, The SIMA Young Women’s Jazz Workshops, and has toured for Musica Viva in Schools for over 8 years. Jess is a passionate communicator and this transmits as energetic and vibrant teaching.