Jason Quick

Jason Quick


December 5, 2014


If you’re often out and about in Toledo, you know Jason Quick, directly or indirectly. He’s hardworking, perpetually gigging around town, from the weeknight bar scene to large annual events. His old-timey style of folk is both breezy and biting. It’s straight-forward and honest. It’s the way Americana was meant to be. We caught up with Jason to talk about what current projects he is working on, Oak Openings and the last lyric that moved him. 


Tell us more about some of your past projects?


On the Beach ‘People and Places’ 1996

Vytas & His Electric Band ‘Space Cadet’ 2006

Solo acoustic ‘Get Used’ 2006

Quickness ‘The Avacado’ Old West End Records 2008

Stonehouse “Back Again’ 2012.

What current projects are you working on?

 Current Bands: 


 Quick Trio


On the Beach

…whoever else is going to call me to play.

My latest unreleased recording is a jazz record with JQ on guitar, Steve Knurek on upright bass, Zac Kreuz on drums. My tunes. Recorded at Big Sky Audio in Ann Arbor. Everything is recorded and mixed; just need some extra scratch to make cd copies and artwork.

What advantages does being in Northwest Ohio/Toledo offer your efforts? 

NWOH has challenged me to do something new every few years in order to get more work in my music field.

Tell us about one of your greatest successes.

Success for me is being immersed in music on a day-to-day basis — opportunity to perform music that I believe in/stand behind/ have its back.

Tell us who or what gives you inspiration?

Inspiration does not invade an idle mind — active/regular input is the bees knees of inspiration.

Tell us about your background.

Grew up with my sister Jessica and both parents in Livonia Michigan, leafy suburb of Detroit.  Studied music from high school on.  Bachelors in Music from Wayne State University.  Masters in Music from Bowling Green State University. I have been a working musician and lessons instructor in NWOH since 1996.  For the past 5 years or so I have only been playing and not teaching.

Do you have a motto or favorite quote you try to live by?

Practice. Practice. Play what makes your blood boil.

Favorite place for local culture?

I used to gig on Adams Street all the time. Now I just hang out there, when I hang out.

Toledo’s “best kept secret” is . . .

I would like to tell you but feel that I should keep the secret a little longer.

My favorite place to chill locally is . . . 

Hiking in two feet of snow, at Oak Openings, with the rats, when it is 10 degrees Fahrenheit.

My favorite natural space in the Toledo area is . . . 

Looking forward to Middle Grounds Metropark opening in a few years after they finish working on High Level Bridge.

When I’m not working hard, I can always be found at . . . 

I don’t like to come off as really ambitious and working hard all the time. I would rather let the music speak for itself. I prefer consistent work. Some would say persistent, others would call it obsessed or obsessive.

If you could change anything about the current landscape for creative, progressive people . . .

More original music gigs, closer listening from audiences, venues that are concerned about acoustics and staging for live music performances.

Name one person (living or deceased) who you would love to collaborate with.

Music collaboration is very tricky. It does not always happen between good players. So I find it hard to speculate on who I would want to work with and still make a worthwhile product. What I mean is that I really enjoy being a bandleader and am not really interested in collaborating with any famous types.

Name a CD, book or website you can’t live without.

Anything I have already listened to or read, I can live without now.

3 words that best describe me or my work are . . .

Getting. Bored. Now.

Give us 5 Desert Island Album picks.

If I was stranded on a desert island I hope to have my guitar, Steve Knurek on bass, Zac Kruez on drums and Sarah for an audience. And electricity.

My biggest vice is . . .

Ice cream

I’d like to see more ________ in Toledo.



What’s the last dream you recall having?

I have a dream where I get to the top of a deep green hill or mountain and look out over a vast body of sparkling blue water.Another dream I have is moving from room to room thru hallways and stairwells in empty, rundown buildings.  The closer I get to waking up the narrower the doorways and passages get till I feel like I am going to get stuck in a passageway.

The last lyric that moved me was . . .

“I wanna rock.”

One movie character I identify with is . . .

I watch movies but cannot personally identify with characters and actions in such fictions.

The best gift I’ve ever received was . . .


My most inspiring moment was/is . . .

Sarah is my most inspired moment.

I want my last meal to be _______________.

I may skip my last meal so that when the time comes there will be less of me to die.


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