For this workshop, we’ll examine standard swing tunes like "Lady Be Good" and "Sweet Georgia Brown" and work on various licks and phrases to improve your improvisational skills and expand your musical "toolbox". Phrases will be taught by ear but will be supplemented with sheet music. We’ll also learn various stylistic approaches (vibrato, bowing, etc.) to help you get that authentic swing sound achieved by the jazz violin great Stephane Grappelli. This workshop is geared towards beginners and intermediates. Previous experience in improvising is recommended but not required.
26-year-old Jason Anick is a Boston-based performer, composer, and Berklee College of Music Instructor, who is rapidly making a name for himself in the world of jazz violin and mandolin.
Since his student years at New England Conservatory, Jason's performances have taken him all over the world to China, Germany, the UK, Italy, France, and the Netherlands as well as renowned venues such as The Montreal Jazz Festival, Scullers Jazz Club, Yoshis Jazz Club, The Iridium, NPR's Mountain Stage, and The Ark.
Jason is also a sought-after teacher and clinician and has taught jazz violin and mandolin at the Mark O'Connor Fiddle camp, Christian Howes' Creative Strings Workshop, Berklee College of Music 5 Week Performance Program, Fiddle Hell, Django in June, DjangoFest Northwest, and numerous K-12 string programs throughout the United States. He also regularly contributes columns on learning Gypsy Jazz to Fiddler Magazine.