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, Trio Jota Sete and Bernal/Eckroth/Ennis, 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 recently finished a project editing and transcribing a collection of solo guitar arrangements by his friend and Mentor, Gene Bertoncini, which will be published in early 2012 by Hal Leonard Publishing. Following the release of La Voz de Tres, his first recording as a leader, he has begun work on a recording of his trio, Trio Jota Sete, as well as a recording of his own solo arrangements of Jazz and Brazilian classics. Jason teaches guitar privately, is a faculty member at Interplay Jazz in Woodstock, Vermont, and endorses K and K Sound pickup systems and Sauvé Guitars of North Adams, Massachusetts. 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)
“…Dynamic seven string guitar.”-Musico Pro Magazine, Independent Star Award presentation
“A fantastic Guitarist… check him out!” -Jazz vocal legend Sheila Jordan