Jason Ennis '97
New York City-based Guitarist Jason Ennis is an exciting up-and-coming voice in the world of Jazz guitar. His unique sound, deep groove and sensitive feel, along with a diverse background in Jazz, Blues, Brazilian Music and Classical Music have made him highly in demand as a soloist, sideman, bandleader and musical director. A graduate of Middlebury College (BA in music), Jason attended Berklee College of Music (Boston) and The San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Ennis has performed and/or recorded with Tessa Souter (Motéma Music), Charles Neville (The Neville Brothers Band), The Sonya Kitchell Band (Velour Music, Starbucks Hear Music), Todd Reynolds (Bang on a Can, Steve Reich), actor and musician Joe Morton, The Ramón Ángel-Rey Trio, New Orleans vocalist Samirah Evans and her Handsome Devils, Freddie Bryant, Fred Haas, and Bernal/Eckroth/Ennis (www.BernalEckrothEnnis.com), a trio he co-leads with vocalist Natalia Bernal and Pianist Mike Eckroth. This trio released its debut CD, La Voz de Tres, in May 2010.
Ennis is currently collaborating with his friend, teacher and mentor, Gene Bertoncini, in editing, transcribing and compiling a book of Bertoncini’s solo guitar arrangements. Following the release of La Voz de Tres, his first recording as a leader, he has begun work on a trio recording as well as a recording of his own solo arrangements of Jazz and Brazilian classics. Jason teaches guitar privately and is a faculty member at Interplay Jazz in Woodstock, Vermont. For more information and a current listing of upcoming performances, please visit www.jasonennis.com.
“…Especially Striking.” –All About Jazz
“Then, with Cream’s ‘White Room’ - superbly aided by guitarist Jason Ennis’ epic arrangement - [Souter] finds substance in a lightweight tune, her voice soaring freely across a turbulent landscape of shifting rhythmic meters." -Don Heckman, International review of Music (review Tessa Souter’s Obsession)
“A fantastic Guitarist… check him out!” -Jazz vocal legend Sheila Jordan