We Speak with Jason Anick – Violinist & 2018 Hot Club Dream Camp Instructor!

Jason Anick

Learn about violinist and 2018 Hot Club Dream Camp instructor, Jason Anick!

CBMF: Tell us about your musical roots.
Jason Anick: I started playing classical violin and fiddle music at the age of 5. Got inspired to play jazz after my dad took me to see Stephane Grappelli perform when I was 12. I kept up my classical and jazz training through Hartt Conservatory.

CBMF: What are you listening to right now?
JA: I am listening to a lot of solo classical violin to get inspiration for my own solo violin compositions I am currently writing.

CBMF: Who is your dream collaborator?
JA: Itzhak Perlman! In fact, I have literally been having dreams recently where we are playing together.

CBMF: Who had the most significant impact on your musical taste as a child and teenager?
JA: My father. He got me started and introduced me to an array of styles, including Gypsy jazz.

CBMF: Which musicians do you consider your greatest influences today?
JA: Cannonball Adderley, Django, and Itzhak Perlman to name a few.

CBMF: What drew you to gypsy jazz?
JA: My father introduced me to the genre and I loved the fact that violin was at the center of the genre, unlike other jazz styles. I also love how energetic, soulful, and intense the music is.

CBMF: If not gypsy jazz, what kind of music would you make?
JA: Along with Gypsy jazz, I enjoy performing classical, contemporary jazz, and fiddle music.

CBMF: What fact about you most surprises people?
JA: I guess I look slightly younger then I am, so when I tell people that I am a professor they are often surprised.

CBMF: What was your earliest ambition? / Imagine yourself at 10, how would younger you react to your life today?
JA: I always loved playing music, even at an early age, but it wasn’t until my late teens that I really got obsessed with music and had the desire to make a career out of it. So my 10-year old self would be pretty surprised to see how my life unfolded!

CBMF: Where do you find inspiration?
JA: Through obsessive listening and constantly discovering new music.

CBMF: Describe your rehearsal routine.
JA: A mixture of technical studies from my years of classical training in combination with transcribing and writing.

CBMF: How do you prepare for a performance?
JA: I have a few “Jaytudes” I do before a show that help to get me aligned and focused.

CBMF: If you had a time machine, what concert would be your first stop?
JA: I would try and see Bach perform.

CBMF: What song would you love to cover/rearrange?
JA: Anything by the Beatles!

Catch Jason on the mainstage at CBMF this summer, or join him and other gypsy jazz masters for a week of instruction and jamming at the 2018 Hot Club Dream Camp!

Check out these upcoming shows featuring Jason Anick:

Gypsy Jazz Goes South: Hot Club in Latin and South America
Wednesday, July 25, 2018 8:00 PM
Crested Butte Center for the Arts, Crested Butte, CO
Tickets $35.00

Gypsy Jazz Tribute to Stephane Grappelli and Les Paul w/ Nicki Parrot and Jason Anick
Sunday, July 29, 2018 8:00 PM
Crested Butte Center for the Arts, Crested Butte, CO
Tickets $35.00

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