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 second album as a leader, Tipping Point, which has been gaining critical acclaim with praise from the prestigious Boston Globe which stated "Jason's compositional voice is as distinctive as his virtuoso playing."
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 year, 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, Scullers Jazz Club, Yoshi's Jazz Club, 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 Christian Howes' Creative Strings Academy.
6.29.17 - 4.5 stars from Downbeat!
12.11.16 - "Travels" was picked for the All About Jazz - Best of 2016
5.1.16 - Jason was featured on the Cover of Gypsy Jazz Guitar Secrets!
2.26.16 - Official release date for Travels, the newest CD from the Rhythm Future Quartet featuring 5 of Jason's original compositions!
4.8.15 - Performed on the Late Night Show with Delta Rae!
2.10.15 - Rhythm Future Quartet's debut interview with Boston's NPR station - NPR Interview
8.1.14 - Jason has been voted as a "Rising Star" in the Annual Downbeat Critic's Poll.
5.6.14 - Jason has been selected to be a finalist in the first International Zbigniew Seifert Jazz Violin Competition. The Finals will take place in Poland this July!
5.5.14 - Jason's composition "Occupy" won 3rd prize in the International Songwriting Competition (jazz category)!
2.18.14 - Jason's second album 'Tipping Point' has been officially released! Look for it on iTunes or CDBaby OR purchase a signed copy in Jason's online store!
2.8.14 - Thanks to the Boston Globe for the amazing write up in the Sunday Arts section! Read the full article here...
2.1.14 - Jason will be featured in the March 2014 Issue of the iconic Downbeat Magazine!
7.31.13 - Jason will be featured on the cover of the Summer issue of Mandolin Magazine!