Snap Four is New England's hottest new gypsy jazz ensemble. Since emerging out of the Boston gypsy jazz scene in 2011, their music has been called engaging, delightfully rich, and infectious. Their interesting arrangements and fresh new take on this lively genre have been opening ears throughout New England. Performing everything from classic Django Reinhardt tunes to cutting edge original compositions, their music is a joy to hear.
Nick Norman — Jazz Violin
Nick has studied and performed music of many styles. He began his study of Classical Violin at the age of 7 years, performed in the Stetson University symphony orchestra starting at age 10, continued studying and performing an eclectic variety of styles encompassing Rock, Country, Blues, Jazz, Funk, Bluegrass, Fusion and now Gypsy Jazz. He majored in jazz at University of Miami, studying jazz theory, composition and performance. He has performed and recorded in many settings, from the Miami jazz faculty to regular performance with jazz master Ira Sullivan, to jazz clubs of Atlantic City and many locations around New England. At present, Nick is very active in the Boston Gypsy Jazz scene.
Jack Soref — Jazz Guitar
Boston's premiere Jazz Manouche teacher, student, and guitarist, Jack has been heard on radio and at festivals all over the country. He has been featured on NPR, BBC World, WMBR and WZBC as well as the main stage at the Midwest Gypsy Swing Festival, Django in June, and three years in a row at the Brooklyn Djangology festival. Jack has performed with such Gypsy Jazz luminaries as Gonzalo Bergara, Violinist Tim Kliphius, the great German Sinto musician Titi Bamberger. For half of 2011, Jack studied the music of Django Reinhardt at its source by moving to Paris, France. While there he jammed with the old masters like Boulou Ferré (the son of Django's friend and accompanist Matelot Ferret), and Romanian violin maestro Florin Niculescu as well as the young virtuoso's currently storming the Paris scene.
Zach Pearson — Jazz Guitar
Zach Pearson is currently living in Boston, MA. He is fluent in many different musical styles, from classical to jazz, bluegrass to R&B, and has studied with a broad range of teachers from New England locals Draa Hobbs and Keith Murphy to French guitarists Adrien Moignard and Mathieu Chatelain. While earning his BA in guitar performance at Marlboro College he started working with numerous ensembles and continues to play contra dances as a member of Wendy and the Lost Boys and to perform with the chamber group Ensemble San Genevive. In 2008, he began seriously studying Gypsy Jazz and in 2009 formed his first ensemble in the style, Vol de Nuit. In 2010, he traveled to and lived in Paris, where he immersed himself in the style of Gypsy Jazz. Returning to America in early 2011, he signed on with Ameranouche
Derek Van Wormer — Jazz Acoustic Bass
A graduate of the Berklee College of Music, Derek has been carving out a name for himself in the New England music scene since moving to Boston in 2002. An in demand bassist, Derek continues to work professionally with an extensively eclectic number of artists throughout the northeast as a performer, writer, educator, and studio musician. He has toured nationally with a variety of off-Broadway productions, working both out of New York City and Nashville, Tennessee. Music being his life, the only thing he's bothered by is not getting the chance to make some.
"We are thrilled with the experience we had with Snap Four, they made our wedding day very special (thank you, Snap Four!), we highly recommend them! Their sound was rich & the perfect background for our event, we received many compliments about our choice of music! As the nervous bride I appreciated their communication - they sent us an e-mail introducing themselves, offered to accommodate any special requests we might have about songs, were great about confirming directions, time, etc. They brought their own amp/sound set up, arrived early as agreed (our wedding & reception were in the same place). They performed excellently. We would hire them again!"
- Cheri B.
Festival in Bridgewater, MA on 04/24/2013
"Snap Four was an excellent group! They were very professional and excellent as musicians. It was pleasure to have them play in our Annual World Music Festival."
In addition to Boston, Snap Four will also travel to Braintree, Cambridge, Newton, Readville, Brookline Village, Medford, Randolph, Milton, Quincy, Wallaston, Watertown, West Medford, Weymouth, Arlington Heights, Holbrook, Melrose, Nonantum, North Quincy, Waverley, Dorchester, East Weymouth, Hyde Park, Mattapan, North Weymouth, Oakdale, South Weymouth, Waltham, Babson Park, Avon, Canton
and many other locations in and around the Boston area.
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