Jason Anick’s father, Peter, was the first violin teacher we ever had at Django in June. That would have been year 2 for us, 2005, when DiJ was but a weekend event. Peter did a great job, but his advice to me was to hire his son next time. Jason showed up that year and sure enough, Pops wasn’t just bragging on his kid. Though not long out of high school, Jason could already really play! He’s been a friend of the event and an occasional instructor of both violin and mandolin here ever since.
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 in February of 2017 at the University of New Hampshire. (Longtime Django Campers will also recognize guitarist Max O’Rourke, who started attending DiJ as a young teen. He’ll be teaching at Django in June, too, if I have my way—as soon as we can get our calendars synced)
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 “Still Winter”, performed by Rhythm Future Quartet in 2016.