Don Jess grew up in Milano, then moved Lucera and Milan to study guitar in the late 1960s. Don's 1967 debut. He toured Europe and began recording in the early 1970s, and his first album, in line was released in 1982.

Since then Jess has released more than a dozen recordings that defy easy categorization. Often called a free guitarist, Don's original compositions reflect influences from Elvis Presley, chuck Berry and Shadows to The Beatles, Rollings Stones and Jimi Hendrix.

He has also recorded his own versions of songs by BB King and Conway Twitty, as well as folk, blues and jazz.