Jason Anick returns to Crested Butte in 2022. Not all great muscians are great teachers. Jason is both.
One of the youngest violin professors at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, Anick is considered “a rising star in the world of jazz violin and mandolin” (Downbeat Magazine). In addition to leading various groups under his own name and performing with the Rhythm Future Quartet, Anick has been touring and recording with Grammy award-winning Nashville guitar virtuoso John Jorgenson since 2008 when he was recruited while still a senior at the Hartt Conservatory.
Over the past few years, Jason has been focusing on arranging and composing for the Rhythm Future Quartet, Jason Anick Acoustic Trio, and the Anick/Yeager Quartet. The Rhythm Future Quartet, which Jason started with Finish guitar virtuoso Olli Soikkeli, is rapidly becoming one of the preeminent Gypsy jazz groups in the country. The group just released its third album, "RFQ and Friends" which was praised by JazzTimes as "packed to the gills with feeling... dynamic, full of virtuosity and swing".
The Jason Anick Acoustic Trio, which formed in 2017, applies Jason's formidable improvisational and compositional chops to the roots/fiddle music of his youth. The Jason Anick/Jason Yeager Quartet draws on the wide swath of musical interests of its co-leaders, blending straight-ahead and post-bop jazz, world music, funk and pop, eagerly embracing what Anick and Yeager have defined as “jazz without borders.” Their debut album, United, garnered rave reviews including 4.5 stars from Downbeat Magazine.
A versatile musician and sought after side-man, Anick has also shared the stage with an array of artist like Stevie Wonder, Tommy Emmanuel, Hamilton de Holanda, The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, Celia Woodsmith, and Ward Hayden and the Outliers. With performances all over the world from China, Europe, and Japan and renowned venues like the Montreal Jazz Festival, Blue Note, Smalls Jazz Club, Scullers Jazz Club, Yoshi's, Iridium, TD Garden, Regattabar, NPR, and The Late Night Show, Jason has proven himself to be a leader in the ever-growing contemporary string world.
Jason is also a sought-after educator, and has taught jazz violin and mandolin to students of all ages at string camps, workshops, and clinics around the world. Jason regularly contributes educational columns to Fiddler Magazine and instructional videos to DC Music and Christian Howes' Creative Strings Academy.
Nathan returns for his third year with the Colorado Gypsy Jazz camp in 2022. Nathan is one of the best of the new era of US gypsy jazz musicians and he has awesome teaching material.
Nathan Royal is a guitarist, singer, teacher, and band leader based in Salt Lake City, Utah. His folk roots stretch back to his childhood home of Anchorage, Alaska, where he first discovered his obsession with the guitar. After several years of self-experimentation and a series of bands with his friends, he found his way as a guitar teacher to Alaska City Folk Arts, the music camp that kick-started his desire to play music professionally. It only took one week of getting paid to teach, perform, and stay up all night jamming, to get him hooked on the job!
In 2010, he moved to Salt Lake City to study music at the University of Utah, where he received a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance. The University created the space for him to combine his love of acoustic and community music with the sharp focus of jazz discipline. There he started the band, Hot House West with two other students, James Martak and Kevin Schultz. Together, they dove headfirst into the music of Django Reinhardt. The band has since performed in major venues across Utah as well as several appearances in Las Vegas, including the Django Vegas Festival. The playful, energetic nature of the music keeps them busy performing everything from bars and weddings, to crowded dance halls and major festivals.
Always in search of new musical ideas and a deeper connection with the guitar, Nathan has travelled around the world to study and play with great musicians and teachers. A regular at Django in June, Djangofest Northwest, and the bars and venues across Western Europe where Django Jazz thrives, he has had the chance to study and play with great musicians such as Tcha Limberger, Fapy Lafertin, and Denis Chang.
More recently, Nathan has rekindled his love of other American Roots music through his project with Jack Dwyer, the Another Brothers. Together they explore classic American songs through the medium of tightly harmonized Brother Duets pitted against virtuosic instrumental interplay. They have toured through the Pacific Northwest, California, Alaska, and Utah, sharing their music with audiences large and small.
Max is a joy to have at camp with his infectious enthusiasm for gypsy jazz, his love of teaching and his great muscianship.
Guitarist, composer, and arranger Max O’Rourke was born and raised in West Rutland, Vermont. His interest in guitar began when he was six and has since progressed into a lifelong journey. While touring around the world with other bands, he has built up a significant amount of original work and is now leading his own project. His debut album Disquiet draws from his roots in gypsy jazz and also marks the start of his love for the electric guitar.
The backbone of any good camp is a great bass player - and Greg is the best!
Professional bassist, composer, and bandleader Greg Loughman has made a name for himself as an “emphatically lyrical” -Scott Albin, JazzTimes, versatile, and sensitive accompanist who plays "with sublime authority" -Raul d’Gama Rose, AllAboutJazz.com and "delivers not only the bass foundation for the pieces rhythms, but also over and over again intriguing, melodic, cleanly stated solos" -Bill Donaldson, Cadence Magazine.
Born in Zanesville, OH, Loughman currently lives in Boston, MA. He has performed with artists including Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, Hal Galper, Mark Murphy, and many others. Since 2014, he has toured extensively with gypsy jazz group the Rhythm Future Quartet and has made a name for himself in the gypsy jazz world, also performing with artists such as Stephane Wrembel, Gonzalo Bergara, and John Jorgenson. In addition, Greg co-leads the groups Roving Soul and ManOnLand, and plays in the John Funkhouser trio, Klezwoods, and the Sonic Explorers. He is also an in demand studio musician in the Boston area and teaches private lessons from his own home or online.
Tom is a local with the dream of keeping gypsy jazz alive in Crested Butte. He returns this year again as assistant faculty.
Tom MacFarlane grew up playing classical cello. Exploring the angst of youth he played electric bass in a punk band during his college years. For many years he played mandocello with the Colorado Springs group, Mandocentrics. But it was not until he discovered the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grapelli, that he found his true musical calling in gypsy jazz. He was introduced to the music by Raul Reynoso and forever remains grateful. Over the years he has had the opportunity to play with Archtop Eddy and Mango Fan Django, Hot Djam, and Mood Swing in Colorado Springs. In Crested Butte he frequently joins Les Choy and Gypsy Jazz Social Club for some high altitude jazz manouche. A frequenter of Django in June he has had opportunities to jam with many of the greats of gypsy jazz and learn a few of the tricks. When he is not jazzing out he is honing the art of peche a la mouche, mountain biking and skiing, or supporting it all by doctoring in the ER.