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About Jack Soref

Born and raised in Madison, WI, Jack has spent his young adulthood living in Boston where he has been one of the pillars upon which Beantown's fairly substantial Gypsy jazz scene rests. Jack has performed all over the USA as well as internationally on stages in France, and Scotland, and at festivals such as Django in June, The Brooklyn Djangology Festival, The Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest, Riverside Farm Market and Café Gypsy Jazz Fest. His guitar playing has been heard on radio shows such as NPR’s ‘Here and Now’ with Robin Young, NPR's 'Says You' hosted by Richard Sher, Doug Gessler's Lost Highway on WMBR, WZBC's Sunday Morning Country with Cousin Kate, as well as PRI and BBC's Internationally distributed radio show 'The World'. He has performed in concert with such Gypsy Jazz luminaries as Violinists Jason Anick, Tim Kliphius, and Ben Powell and Guitarists Adrien Moignard, Gonzalo Bergara, Aurélien Bouly, Olli Soikkeli and Titi Bamberger. Additionally, Jack has been a guitar instructor at Django in June's week long Gypsy Jazz music Camp (the only camp of its kind in the U.S.A.) in 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, & 2015.

Jack began studying the guitar at the age of 15 with Madison-based Jazz Mandolinist and guitarist Sims Delaney-Pothoff. When Jack graduated high school, Sims encouraged him to further his studies at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in 2007. For half of 2011, Jack studied the music of Django Reinhardt at its source by moving to Paris, France. While there, he had the honor of jamming with the old masters like Boulou Ferré and Romanian violin maestro Florin Niculescu as well as the young virtuosos currently storming the Paris scene. Since coming back to Boston, Jack has played as a guest, or regular member with just about every Gypsy Jazz band in the Boston area. At the beginning of 2013 Jack joined the New England Gypsy Flamenco Swing Trio Ameranouche. He is featured on their albums 'Hot!', and 'Sun Shine Soul' which was released in May of 2015. As a member of Ameranouche Jack has traveled all over the country, with gigs taking the band as far as California, as well as the Midwest, and frequent visits down south to NY, NJ, VA, and NC. When the band isn't on tour, they can be seen at venues all over New England.

As a music teacher, Jack has been instructing in many different musical styles almost as long as he’s played the guitar. Sharing what he’s learned remains one of his greatest passions. Jack has taught students at all levels from absolute beginners to semi-professional musicians, and adults to children as young as 8 years old. To contact Jack for guitar lessons, or to book the Jack Soref Trio or Quartet for weddings, parties, private functions, and public events please contact him at jack@jacksoref.com