Jason Ennis

Jason Ennis

Artist Associate in Jazz Guitar and Co-Director of Small Jazz Combos

Bernhard Music Center
Guitarist Jason Ennis is an exciting 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 guitar 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 Karrin Allyson, Tessa Souter (Motéma Music), Charles Neville (The Neville Brothers Band), Paul McCandless (Oregon, The Paul Winter Consort), The Sonya Kitchell Band (Velour Music, Starbucks Hear Music), Vanderlei Pereira and Blindfold Test, actor and musician Joe Morton, The Thomas Bergeron Ensemble, Mary Ann McSweeney’s Urban Fado Project, The Ramón Ángel-Rey Trio, Samirah Evans and Her Handsome Devils, Choro da Manhã, The Julio Botti Quintet, Pablo Ziegler and others. Ennis transcribed and edited a collection of solo guitar arrangements by his friend and mentor, Gene Bertoncini, which was published in 2012 by Hal Leonard Publishing.

Ennis released his debut recording as a leader, Jota Sete, in June of 2022, which features his original compositions and arrangements of brazilian and jazz classics. He co-leads the world jazz trio La Voz de Tres, which has released two CDs: La Voz de Tres (2010) and Sueños y Delirios (2014), and the collaborative trio Tone Forest, with pianist Miro Sprague and bassist Marty Jaffe. He is co-composer and musical director for En Diablada, an original music project by Chilean vocalist Natalia Bernal.

Ennis is a Lecturer in Music at Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH), where he teaches jazz, world, and popular guitar styles and directs a jazz guitar ensemble and is an Artist Associate in Jazz Guitar and Co-Director of Small Jazz Combos at Williams College (Williamstown, MA). Currently residing in Pittsfield, MA, he is a faculty member at Interplay Jazz in Woodstock, Vermont and has given workshops at colleges and Universities throughout the US and Chile. For more information and a current listing of upcoming performances, please visit www.jasonennis.com.