Jason AnickViolin

Jason Anick is the heart, soul, and inspiration for the Colorado Gypsy Jazz Camp.

Talk to the abundantly gifted violinist and mandolin player Jason Anick and the phrase “jazz without borders” will invariably come up. What the axiom means to Anick is a contemporary jazz that is stylistically inclusive in nature, a jazz that brings whatever it can to the party, unwilling to cut something out of the mix for fear of it not fitting prescribed boundaries. An inviting demonstration of the maxim in action can be found on Anick’s recent release, United, which was picked by Downbeat Magazine as one of the top jazz albums of 2017.

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 his own contemporary jazz ensemble 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, which he started with Finnish guitarist Olli Soikkeli. With performances all over the U.S. and Europe, the Rhythm Future Quartet is rapidly becoming one of the preeminent Gypsy jazz groups in the country.

A versatile musician and sought after side-man, Anick has also shared the stage with an array of artist like Stevie Wonder, Tommy Emmanuel, The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, John Sebastian, Delta Rae, and Girls, Guns and Glory. 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.

Olli SoikkeliGuitar

We are happy to welcome Olli and his amazing guitar talents, back to Crested Butte.

Born in Nurmes, Finland and based in NYC, Soikkeli was introduced to the music of great Django Reinhardt and Gypsy Jazz, which has been his primary focus since. Olli has played in jazz clubs and festivals across Finland, and toured Europe with Sinti Guitarist Paulus Schäfer. While still young, he’s already played with notable artists such as Bucky Pizzarelli, Stochelo Rosenberg, Tommy Emmanuel, Andreas Öberg, Cyrille Aimee, Antti Sarpila and Marian Petrescu.

After moving to New York City in 2014, Olli has played legendary venues such as Town Hall, Herbst Theatre, Birdland Jazz Club, Blue Note, Iridium and the Lincoln Center.

Olli recorded his first album “Trois Générations” (2011) with Hot Club de Finlande and Vitali Imereli and recorded his second album “Kouvola Junction” (2012) with Paulus Schäfer and Arnoud van den Berg.

Rhythm Future Quartet – co-led by Olli with violinist Jason Anick – released its debut album (2014) followed by ‘Travels’ (2016), receiving rave reviews including Best Albums of 2016 by Huffington Post and All About Jazz magazines.The Fall of 2018 marked the release of their newest album, “Rhythm Future Quartet and Friends”, which features the critically acclaimed singer Cyrille Aimée, brazil’s top bandolimist Hamilton de Holanda, and guitarist Stochelo Rosenberg.

For ther last few years Olli has been exploring musically. 2017 toured and recorded the album ‘Rise and Grind’ together with virtuoso accordionist Julien Labro. 2018 Olli started a duo project with New York based Brasilian 7-string guitarist Cesar Garabini playing mostly Brasilian Choro music. Early 2019 Olli recorded with Grammy award winning pianist Marian Petrescu.

Vinny RanioloGuitar

Vinny brings to the camp his showmanship and incredible guitar chops.

As a touring guitar musician, performer, and educator, Vinny Raniolo is best known for his accompanying skills and is a very high demand rhythm guitarist. His dynamic playing has brought him to 14 countries on three continents – and still growing – having performed in some of the world’s most illustrious venues, including the Sydney Opera House in Australia, The Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, New York’s Lincoln Center and the world’s oldest indoor concert hall, Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, Italy.

While keeping a busy touring schedule in a variety of musical settings, Vinny has also become a familiar figure on Public Television. Featured previously on three popular shows, including the heavily programmed Tommy Emmanuel and Friends, in Frank Vignola’s Four Generations of Guitar as the youngest generation in the lineage of jazz guitarists with veteran Bucky Pizzarelli and in the Music Gone Public series.

Recording credits include soundtracks for HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and Woody Allen’s film Café Society.

Max O'RourkeGuitar

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.

Greg LoughmanBass

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.

Aaron WalkerGuitar

Aaron Walker is an inspiration to the burgeoning gypsy jazz scene of Denver and we are happy to have him trek over the Front Range to join us.

Aaron Walker’s love of music was first proven at age 6, when he saved his one dollar per week allowance long enough to purchase an electric keyboard. At age 7, his mother found him in tears when his boom box “ate” his favorite Michael Jackson cassette tape. This was also the year that Aaron discovered his lifelong love: guitar. Since his first gig at a coffee shop at age 13, Aaron’s music career has taken him to nationwide festivals in the U.S. and international performances in Costa Rica, Iceland, and Germany; and televised performances for the Food Network, PBS, and The Everyday Show. In 2013, Aaron was a featured guest on the Icelandic version of Prairie Home Companion. While having earned two Bachelors and one Masters degree in music, Aaron considers his practical education to have come from performing with international guitar heroes, including Joscho Stephan, Bjorn Thoroddsen, Robin Nolan, Denis Chang, Richard Smith, Greg Koch, Dave Beegle and Olli Soikkeli. Aaron continues his studies under the remote tutelage of Gonzalo Bergara, who currently serves as his primary artistic influence. Aaron formed Swing Je T’aime, a popular band based in Denver which has appeared throughout the U.S. and in Europe. His latest album “Aaron Walker – Menagerie” (2014) features an impressive compilation of artists in the US, Europe, and Asia. Aaron also enjoys composing music for live performances, audio recordings, and films, including a feature-length score for the Regional Emmy-nominated sports documentary, Dream Season (2012).

Tom MacFarlaneGuitar

Tom is a local with the dream of keeping gypsy jazz alive in Crested Butte, and this year he will be helping 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.