The quartet, from left: Anick, Soikkeli, O'Rourke and Loughman.
The fiery sounds of gypsy jazz will be featured when the Rhythm Future Quartet performs in the fourth concert of the North Platte Concert Association on Friday, March 17.The show starts at 7:30 p.m. downtown at the Neville Center for the Performing Arts, Fifth and Bailey.
Admission is $10 at the door, or with season membership in the North Platte Concert Association. Individual season tickets are at a reduced price of $40 for admittance to multiple concerts.
The quartet, an acoustic jazz ensemble, has a straightforward agenda: to keep the spirit of gypsy jazz alive and expanding in today’s musical universe.
The virtuosic foursome, named for a Django Reinhardt tune, offers a newly minted sound, influenced by the classic Hot Club of France, yet wholly contemporary.
They routinely perform all over the East Coast, including the finest clubs in New York City.
Members of the quartet include violinist Jason Anick, guitarists Olli Soikkell and Max O’Rourke, as well as bassist Greg Loughman.
Anick is a composer and one of the youngest professors at the esteemed Berklee College of Music in Boston.
“Olli Soikkell is a riveting Finnish guitarist,” The Wall Street Journal has said, “who combines astonishing dexterity and speed with pure soul in a way that places him among the worthiest current day successors to the legacy of the great Django.”
Max O’Rourke on guitar, at age 20, has already toured and recorded with many of the top American Gypsy Jazz musicians.
Greg Loughman is a top call bassist in Boston, Mass.
“They play with a joyful abandon that is downright infectious,” The Huffington Post has said.
Some of the highlights of the show will include “Caravan,“ “My Blue Heaven,” “Summertime,” “Clare de Lune,” “Billie Jean” and “Night and Day.”
Previously, the quartet appeared at the Espresso Shop in North Platte, where seating is limited. This time, everyone who wants to hear them can do so.
The corporate sponsor of the concert is KNOP-TV.
The North Platte Bulletin contributed to this report.