For the last few years Boston-based Jack Soref has served Django in June with distinction in a number of capacities. He is the person most responsible for the Get Ready materials we make available each year and for communication with the teachers regarding our instructional program in the months leading up to the event. Last but not least, he is himself one of said teachers.
Jack became captivated by Django’s music after two life-changing visits to the Django Reinhardt festival in Samois-sur-Seine in 2002 and ‘03. (Which may be where we met…I was there in ’03 too.) As a teenager he managed to pick up tips and tricks from players such as Robin Nolan, Jan Brouwer, Jonny Hepbir, and Alfonso Ponticelli. Subsequently, Jack moved to Boston to continue his studies at the Berklee College of Music, as well as at our very own Django Camp. For half of 2011, frère Jacques studied the music of Django Reinhardt at its source by moving to Paris, France. While there he tormented us with emails detailing his exploits jamming and performing with old masters (Boulou!, Florin!) and young bucks of the scene on the Seine. He meant well.
Jack has since performed in the Django style with many bands in the Boston Area. He tours and records as member of Ameranouche, for example:
Jack can be seen regularly in the greater Boston area with everyone playing Gypsy jazz. Out in the wider world he has performed as an accompanist for Gypsy Jazz luminaries like Joscho Stephan, Tim Kliphius, Gonzalo Bergara, Jason Anick, Olli Soikkeli, Adrien Moignard, Ben Powell, Aurélien Bouly, and Titi Bamberger. He’s one of the feathers in our regional cap and—as you’ll have the opportunity to discover for yourself—a terrific teacher.
One last video, featuring Jack playing a novel guitar designed and built by his friend Dan Hunt. Check out both the player and the played: