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Meet Jason Anick

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jason Anick.

Jason, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I am a 32-year-old violinist, composer, and professor at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. I started playing the violin when I was around 5 years old. My father who also plays the violin, saw that I had an affinity towards it and got me started with classical violin lessons. When I was around 12, I started to get into jazz and improvisation after seeing legendary violinist Stephane Grappelli perform at Mechanics Hall in Worcester. Throughout high school, I started to go to weekly jazz jam sessions in the greater Boston area and attended music camps throughout the Summer, furthering my passion for jazz violin. I ended up studying both classical and jazz violin at the Hartt Conservatory in Hartford, CT.

During my senior year, I got a life changing opportunity to audition for Grammy award winning guitarist John Jorgenson’s Quintet. As soon as I graduated, I hit the road with John’s group, performing Gypsy jazz music all over the world. During my 10 year stint with John Jorgeson, I was also pursuing other musical endeavors as a band-leader and recorded two albums under my own name, “Sleepless”, and “Tipping Point”. Also, during this time period, I started teaching at the Berklee College of Music and started a group called the Rhythm Future Quartet. The Rhythm Future Quartet is currently my main musical focus and has recorded two albums, “Rhythm Future Quartet”, and “Travels, and is currently working on its third album, “Rhythm Future Quartet and Friends”. Along with performing with the Rhythm Future Quartet and teaching at Berklee, I frequently travel internationally to give violin workshops focused on jazz and improvisation. My travels have taken me to Thailand, China, Japan, France, Italy, England, Russia, Mexico, and all around the United States.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I feel it’s been about as smooth a ride as it can be for someone trying to make a living as a musician. It’s, of course, come with a lot of hard work and long hours of practice, but overall, I have been pretty lucky with the various opportunities that have come my way over the years.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
As a musician, my “business” comprises of a number of different outlets. This includes work as a freelance violinist around the Boson area, part-time professor at the Berklee College of Music, and band-leader/violinist for the internationally-renowned Gypsy jazz group, The Rhythm Future Quartet. I specialize in a genre called Gypsy jazz. It’s been extremely rewarding to build the Rhythm Future Quartet from a completely unknown group, to a group with an international fan base and a busy touring schedule.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I think I have been extremely lucky, but think a lot of it has to do with being in the right place at the right time and seizing every opportunity that comes.

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