- Jessie Nelson is a dynamic, creative artist located in New York City. Specializing in percussion, her journey began upon receiving her B.A in Music (Drum set / Percussion / Jazz Studies) from Arizona State University in 2006 and jumping feet first into professional gigs with various jazz groups. 2009 found her moving to New York City to pursue her MFA in Performance and Interactive Media from Brooklyn College. She then hit the Off Broadway theater scene and began gigging in the jazz clubs of New York. Finishing her MFA in 2011, Jessie continues to perform in musical theater pits, jazz clubs and wherever innovative music can be found. An educator as well, Jessie can be found educating the next generation of percussionists via teaching artist workshops and private lessons.