Colorado Gypsy Jazz Camp

July 22 – July 26, 2019

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.

Visit coloradogypsyjazzcamp.com or contact Jason Anick for more information.

*Housing is not provided for students or their families. For more information about lodging options in the town of Crested Butte and in Gunnison, please check out our Visit page.

Jason Anick
Jason Anick

One of the youngest instructors 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.

Olli Soikkeli
Olli Soikkeli

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 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 move 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.

Last few years Olli has been exploring musically. 2017 toured and recorded 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.

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Vinny Raniolo

Vinny Raniolo is best known for his accompanying skills and is a very high demand rhythm guitarist. His dynamic playing has taken him to 14 countries on three continents, and he has performed in some of the world's most illustrious venues. Often featured on National Public Radio in duo with Frank Vignola, Vinny has become a familiar figure on Public Television, featured previously on three popular shows, including the heavily programmed Tommy Emmanuel and Friends. Frank and Vinny's own PBS special, Four Generations of Guitars premieres in the 2014-15 season as part of the forthcoming 13 episode series Music Gone Public. Vinny also has worked with artists like Leon Redbone, Vince Giordano, Deana Martin and Olli Soikkeli as well as on screen appearances on HBO's Boardwalk Empire.

Max O'Rourke

At a very early age, Max began playing guitar by taking lessons from his music teacher in the small school he attended in rural Vermont. Max played in every group the school had. As his abilities developed, he began traveling to Dartmouth College in New Hampshire once a week (a 150 mile round trip) to take lessons from David Newsam—a professor at Dartmouth, Berklee, and University of New Hampshire—who agreed to take him on after hearing him play. It was David who introduced Max to both gypsy jazz and the jazz community of Vermont and New Hampshire. While still a high school student, Max began attending jam sessions held by seasoned jazz musicians often four or five times his age. He began gigging at various art openings and private venues as a solo artist, using a loop station to create his own dynamic rhythm section. As Max continued to work on and develop his music, he attended Django in June for the first time in 2012, a festival in Northhampton, Massachusetts. This is where Max first met some of the artists that ignited his passion for gypsy jazz.

In 2014, as a high school graduation gift, Max’s family gave him a ticket to Europe, giving Max the chance to attend France’s premier Django Reinhardt festival in Samois Sur Siene. It was here where Max first established his footing in the genre, being invited to jam and even perform on the “Up and Coming” stage with some of the headlining artists.

Now, Max is continuing his studies at the Berklee College of Music, where he is a recipient of the North American Tour Scholarship. At just 19 years old, the young guitarist is a force to be reckoned with. Not only is he a member of Jason Anick and Olli Soikkeli’s Rhythm Future Quartet, but he has been recording and touring extensively with the internationally renowned guitarist and composer Gonzalo Bergara. He also has recently toured and performed with the Grammy award-winning John Jorgenson Quintet, along with other groups and artists.

With these groups and on his own, Max has performed and taught master classes across the country at various colleges and venues like Djangofest Northwest in Washington, DjangoVegas in Las Vegas, the Winter Jazz Festival in New York City, Django Jamboree in Kentucky, Django by the Sea in Maine, and many others.

Max is one of the few winners of the international Saga Djangofest Award “for outstanding young musicianship in the genre of gypsy jazz,” placing him at the forefront of the new generation of gypsy jazz musicians.

Greg Loughman
Greg Loughman

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 Walker

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).

Thomas McFarland

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.

  • General Schedule – visit coloradogypsyjazzcamp.com for more detailed schedule
  • 10:30AM - Warm ups w/ instructor
  • 11:00 - 11:50AM – Guitar/violin/bass workshops
  • 12:00 -12:50PM – Gypsy jazz Rep Building Class (Beginning/Advanced)
  • 1-2PM - Lunch Break
  • 2:30-3:20PM - Guitar/violin/bass workshops
  • 3:30-4PM – Individual Practice Time
  • 4-5:30PM - Ensemble Meeting
  • 5:30-7PM - Dinner Break
  • 8:00-11:00PM - Jam Session
  • Standard Pricing - $800

Please note: housing and food are not included. Find suggestions at coloradogypsyjazzcamp.com.

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About The Festival

CBMF is a summer music festival that serves the communities on the Western Slope of the Rocky Mountains. Performances feature a diverse range of genres including symphony, opera, chamber, bluegrass, gypsy jazz, and dance from leading artists throughout the world. A multitude of educational programs provide hands-on experiences for students of all ages and abilities.

About Crested Butte

Host to one of the country’s finest wildflower displays in the summer and a rich tradition of local, unique culture, Crested Butte sits at an elevation of 8,909 feet and is nestled at a confluence of stunning mountain ranges. Access to ample backcountry makes Crested Butte a leading outdoor destination for mountain biking, hiking, fly fishing, wildflower viewing, and, in winter, challenging skiing at the Crested Butte Mountain Resort.

Crested Butte is approximately 30 minutes from Gunnison, 1 ½ hours from Montrose, and just over 4 hours from Denver.