The Rhythm Future Quartet:
When four young jazz virtuosos decided to join forces, the Rhythm Future Quartet was born. Named after a Django Reinhardt tune, the Rhythm Future Quartet performs dynamic and fiery arrangements of Gypsy jazz standards and original compositions. The quartet features Jason Anick on violin, Olli Soikkeli and Vinny Raniolo on guitars, and Greg Loughman on bass. Over the years they have individually been performing alongside top Gypsy jazz/swing musicians like John Jorgenson, Frank Vignola, Bucky Pizzarelli, Andreas Öberg and Howard Alden and have finally joined forces to form this special group. The quartet recently recorded and released a live 4 song EP, receiving worldwide critical acclaim.
Jason Anick (violin)
28 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 2008 Jason has been touring both nationally and internationally with Nashville guitar virtuoso John Jorgenson. 2011 marked the release of Jason’s debut solo album “Sleepless”, which was cited as “…a must have for any jazz violin/mandolin fans”-jazzmando.com.
Jason’s performances have taken him all over the world to Japan, China, Germany, the UK, and the Netherlands as well as renowned venues such as The Montreal Jazz Festival, Scullers Jazz Club, Yoshis Jazz Club, The Iridium, and NPR’s Mountain Stage. He has recorded and shared the stage with such artists as John Lockwood, Stephane Wremble, Howard Alden, Andreas Oberg.
Olli Soikkeli (guitar)
Olli was born in Nurmes, Finland in 1991. He started playing guitar at age of 12. After a few years of playing, Olli was introduced to the music of great Django Reinhardt and Gypsy Jazz has been Ollis main focus ever since. Soon Olli was playing in jazz clubs and festivals all around Finland. Despite his young age he’s already played with notable jazz artists such as Bucky Pizzarelli, Andreas Öberg, Paulus Schäfer, Antti Sarpila and Marian Petrescu.
Vinny Raniolo (guitar)
Even though his career in music is only at the beginning, Vinny has already had many opportunities that take most players a lifetime to achieve. Vinny has already toured 14 countries with more to come. Now playing guitar along side many of the finest musicians in the world, he is very excited to see where his musical career will take him.
Currently, Vinny tours as a duo with one of the world’s finest guitarist, Frank Vignola. Other collaborations include Tommy Emmanuel, Bucky Pizzarelli and David Grisman. Be sure to check out Vinny featured in “Four Generations Of Guitar” on the PBS Network this year.
Greg Loughman (bass)
Greg Loughman started playing electric bass at age fifteen in the small town of Zanesville, OH. He obtained a Bachelor of Music in the field of jazz studies at Capital University, where he studied electric and upright bass with Doug Richeson (bassist for a number of years with Tony Bennet), Jeff Ciampa, and Lou Fischer. While in college, he worked his way into the Columbus, OH jazz scene. Upon graduation, he quickly rose to a prominent position as one of the top freelance jazz bassists in the Midwest.
After spending a year in Montana, Greg moved to Boston, where he continues to pursue an active schedule of performing and recording. Greg is currently a faculty member at the University of Maine in Augusta, Bates College, and Bowdoin College, where he teaches private bass lessons