Jason Anick has been connected with Django in June one way or another virtually from the event’s inception 15 years ago, so we’ve profiled him many times. For this year’s update I asked if there was anything new he wanted me to mention. His response:
Maybe add that I just released a new Rhythm Future Quartet CD, “Rhythm Future Quartet and Friends” that features special guests Cyrille Aimee, Hamilton de Holanda, and Stochelo Rosenberg.
Pause for just a moment, if you will. If you recognize those names he just mentioned, you can read on. If not, get to googling, or youtubing, or whatever you like doing to get in the know. But know this: with “friends” like this, who cares if you have enemies? You got super powers.
To continue…Jason is a versatile musician. He leads his own contemporary jazz ensemble and has worked as a sideman for many fine artists—Stevie Wonder, Tommy Emmanuel, John Sebastian, The Jim Kweskin Jug Band and John Jorgenson to name just a few. But a wider circle of Gypsy jazz fans have come to know of him in recent years through his work with the impressive Rhythm Future Quartet, which he founded with Finnish guitarist Olli Soikkeli. Here they are playing the Gypsy jazz national anthem in performance at Scullers. (Bandmate Max O’Rourke and Greg Loughman also joins us on staff this year.)
Jason is also an experienced educator, having taught jazz violin and mandolin for years at string camps, workshops, and clinics around the world. He currently teaches at Boston’s Berklee College of Music. He also regularly contributes educational columns to Fiddler Magazine and instructional videos to Christian Howes’ Creative Strings Academy. To top it all off, Jason also composes music. So let’s let him take it out on one of his own—here’s “Jaytude No. 1 in Em.”