Jason Anick has been connected with Django in June one way or another virtually from the event’s inception 15 years ago. He showed up first as a really talented kid jamming with all takers and has been in steady rotation ever since as a teacher and performer.
A versatile musician, Jason 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 a recent performance at Scullers. (Bandmates Max O’Rourke and Greg Loughman are also on staff this year!)
Jason is already 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.”