Jesse Olema has become one of Los Angeles's top professional fiddlers. Growing up in the northern California hills, he was able to craft a style all his own. Soulful and melodic playing, with a deep groove and attack, that has earned him some top spots playing with artists all over the world. His classical upbringing and technique sets him apart from many players, but the real gift is how he moves between genres like country and bluegrass, jazz, Celtic, rock & pop, perfectly fitting to the natural feel of every song.
"Equally impressive was the fiddler, Mad Paddy (Jesse Olema), who played as if the Devil himself entranced him. He played with grit and finesse, screeching harmoniously the riffs up and down the scale.” - Johanna Vanderspool, Blurred Culture / Vaud & The Villains at The Broad Stage - March 22, 2017
Studying at CAL ARTS in southern California, he trained in classical voice, as well as improvisational jazz, American & world traditional music on violin.
Jesse has released original songs on personal albums through out the years, as well as work through licensing companies.
Jesse has recently performed with Dwight Yoakam, and Post Malone for live steaming events. He has extensive touring experience w/ many different artists across the country.
Jesse Olema has opened the stage for artists such as
Mavis Staples, Ozomatli, Kenny Rogers,
Jo Dee Messina, Steep Canyon Rangers, Sean Hayes,
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy,
WAR & more.
Jesse has recorded music / appeared on TV
• Netflix - "Nailed It"
• Hulu - "Hillbilly"
• ABC - "American Crime"
• FOX - "Bones"
• TBS - "The Wedding Band"