Chicago born bassist and composer Jesse Richardson began his musical career at the early age of three when his grandfather taught him bass lines by playing “Boogie Woogie” on the piano. During his teen years at CVS high school he made a decision to major in cabinet making since his first choice for music courses were full. Repairing violins in addition to building his own bass, he was later awarded a scholarship to Grambling State University for instrumental repair and eventually became a member of the marching band. He also studied at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago. Jesse’s very impressive musical credentials include playing with Mavis Staples, Otis Clay, Danny Boy, Slave, and Poi Dog Pondering. He has also opened for Aretha Franklin, The SOS Band, The Average White Band, Con Funk Shun, Cameo, and Otis Day and the Knights. TV appearances include performing on Japanese TV Show “JAZZ” with the Grambling State Tiger Marching Band, and, with his band the Robert Cornelius 7, a featured segment on TV Show Absolute Artistry, FOX LIVE at the Taste of Chicago on FOX 32 (2 years straight), and several appearances on WGN Morning News. He has written music with Terry Ellis of En Vogue and Michael Cooper to name a few and arranges and composes music for Robert Cornelius 7 and for Jabon.
At the age of eight, Chip Dubose began playing guitar. The Chicago born native attended CVS high school and participated in the orchestra. There he met Jesse Richardson and developed a friendship likened to brotherhood. Chip studied at the American Conservatory of Music majoring in music education and jazz studies. Chip is a Warner Bros. Recording Artist and Atlantic Jazz Recording Artist. has performed with the Grand Staff Band, Lou Rauls, Tim Cunningham, Immature, Otis Day and the Nights, the Chi-Lites, and Dave Hollister. He has toured Japan, Indonesia, Canada, Mexico, as well as cities throughout the U.S. with various artists. He has performed at venues and events including the House Of Blues, The Beat Summer Jam, WGCI Holiday Gospel, Jesse Jackson Jam Concert, Heart Soul Super fest, The Touch V.I.P. concert (Taj Mahal), Jazz Showcase, 105.9 WDTJ Summer Jam, Taste of Chicago, TV Summer Concert, Otis Day and the Nights Reunion Tour. not on tour, he is a staff musician for House of Blues Foundation (Chicago) and a staff musician for Salem Baptist Church of Chicago. He also arranges and composes music for the Robert Cornelius 7 and Jabon.