About Me

Photo by Brian Settles

My name is Jessica Boykin-Settles and I want to be a great jazz musician when I grow up!

I am a native Washingtonian and attended the Duke Ellington School of the Arts as a Vocal Music Major.

Upon graduating, I embarked on a grand adventure! I moved to New York City and studied jazz with a bevy of amazing jazz masters at The New School University.

I returned to Washington, DC, married my high school sweetheart (saxophonist and composer Brian Settles) and enrolled in the Graduate Jazz Studies program at Howard University where I got to be a part of an AMAZING jazz vocal program. After graduating, they bestowed a high honor upon me by inviting me to be a part of the Howard University music faculty where I spent seven years teaching and mentoring a wonderful group of talented and beautiful young people.

Since returning to Washington, DC, Brian and I have also had the distinct pleasure of teaching and mentoring youth with The Washington Jazz Arts Institute an organization started by our mentor Davey Yarborough.

I have most recently left my position at Howard to pursue my dream of being a full-time working jazz musician. It is a great leap of faith and is terrifying and exciting all at the same time!