“There’s a raw and honest spirit and a highly refined sense of detail in the music of Dylan Jack, a gifted drummer and composer hailing from the North Shore of Massachusetts. There’s also a roiling spontaneity and brilliant clarity in the sound of his quartet…” – David Adler
Dylan Jack is a percussionist, composer and educator participating in multiple genres within the Boston music scene. As a performer, Jack divides his attention between playing as a sideman with some of the city’s top improvisors and leading his main creative outlet, the Dylan Jack Quartet.
In 2016, Jack started the Dylan Jack Quartet, an ensemble focusing on his own original concepts and compositions. Combining intricately composed segments that utilize odd meters and phrasing with free improvisations, the music is described as “… bristling with rhythmic intelligence and rich in dynamic contrast and ebb and flow. (David Adler)” In September of 2017, they released their first album, Diagrams, which received favorable reviews from the jazz press. In June of 2020, they followed up with the album The Tale of the Twelve-Foot Man. Both on the Creative Nation Music label. Jack also co-leads the duo Hofbauer-Jack with premier Boston guitarist, Eric Hofbauer who released the album Remains of Echoes in 2019 and is one quarter of the collective Hofbauer, Jack, Leva, Sabatini, who in 2021, saw the release of Period Pieces where Jack’s playing is described as “a masterclass in minimalist groovemanship…” – JAZZIZ Magazine. In 2022, Jack organized, composed music for and produced two performances for his quartet where they performed a live improvised score to the silent film Nosferatu. Their version of the film and an album of music inspired by the characters entitled “Eine Quartette des Grauens” will be released in 2023. More information can be found at http://www.DylanJackMusic.com.
As an educator, Jack teaches percussion extensively to students of all ages and abilities. He is also involved in academia as a professor of the History of Jazz at Emerson College in Boston, MA. Jack received and Associates degree from Middlesex Community College, a Bachelors degree in Percussion Performance from the McNally Smith College of Music in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and holds a Masters of Music in Modern American Music from the Longy School of Music of Bard College.