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Colorado Gypsy Jazz Camp

July 25 - July 30


An unheralded experience for ensemble training and performances! Learn from gypsy jazz masters in Crested Butte, Colorado. Attend the Colorado Gypsy Jazz Camp with your existing ensemble or join as an individual guitar, fiddle or bass player and our gurus will place you within an ensemble. The camp will include warm-ups, plenty of jam time, rhythm guitar, improvisation, a specific workshop on the secrets and riffs of Django Reinhardt’s style, participant ensembles, and late-night jam sessions with performers.

Colorado Gypsy Jazz Camp @ CBMF is a day camp running from July 25 – July 30 from 10:30am – 5:30pm daily.

Sample Daily Schedule:

10:30 – Warm ups w/ instructor
11:00 – 11:50 – Guitar/violin/bass workshops
12:00 -12:50 – Gypsy jazz Rep Building Class (Beginning/Advanced)
1-2:00 – Lunch Break
2:30-3:20 – Guitar/violin/bass workshops
3:30-4:00 – Individual Practice Time
4-5:30 – Ensemble Meeting
5:30-7:00 – Dinner Break
8:00-11:00 – Jam Session

Returning faculty:

  • Jason Anick
  • Nathan Royal
  • Max O’Rourke
  • Greg Loughman
  • Tom MacFarlane

Jason Anick

Jason returns to Crested Butte in 2022. Not all great musicians 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.

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 Royal

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!

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.

Max O’Rourke

Max is a joy to have at camp with his infectious enthusiasm for gypsy jazz, his love of teaching and his great musicianship. 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 Loughman

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.

Vinny Raniolo

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.


The Roots of Gypsy Jazz

The roots of what today is known as gypsy jazz originate from the Quintette Du Hot Club De Paris in 1934 and the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grapelli. Django is considered by many to be the father of jazz guitar. A Romani born in Belgium in 1910, the Romani people kept his music alive passing it down through the generations after he died in 1954. This is the reason for the genre’s awkward name “gypsy jazz,” yet it is also more appropriately known as hot club jazz or jazz manouche. The music is immediately familiar and has withstood the years quite well. Think of background music while sitting in a Parisian cafe sipping coffee or the soundtrack to a romantic comedy. You get the picture. The great jazz standards of the first half of the 20th century provide the musical palette for gypsy jazz.

Crested Butte and Gypsy Jazz

Crested Butte has a tradition of honoring this music every summer for years and has been host to many of the best gypsy jazz musicians in the world. More recently, Crested Butte has been hosting gypsy jazz camps providing an opportunity for musicians to gather, play music, and learn the style. The Colorado Gypsy Jazz Camp continues this tradition and provides a unique opportunity for study in the beautiful Colorado Rockies. The town of Crested Butte retains the character of an old Colorado mining town and has been named the Last Great Ski Town of Colorado. When you are not jamming the area has great hiking, biking, fishing, wildflowers, or just about any other mountain activity you could think of.

Join us in 2022. You won’t regret it!


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