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Tour: Teaching
Aug 3 Monday
Lafayette Summer Jazz Workshop - Lafayette, CA

Faculty

August 3 – August 7

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Aug 8 Saturday
The Sound Room - Oakland, CA

Allison Adams Tucker

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Allison Adams Tucker (vocal) • Anton Schwartz (sax) • Marcos Silva (piano) • Aaron Germain (bass) • Kelly Fasman (drums). 8pm-10:30pm.

Aug 9 Sunday
San Jose Jazz SUMMER FEST 2015 - San Jose, CA

Anton Schwartz Quintet

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On the RBC Silicon Valley Stage. 3:00pm-4:30pm.
Located in the Club Regent space of the Fairmont Hotel.
Anton Schwartz (sax) • Joel Behrman (trumpet) • Josh Nelson (piano) • John Shifflett (bass) • Lorca Hart (drums)

Aug 9 Sunday
Piedmont Piano Company - Oakland, CA

Anton Schwarz / Josh Nelson duo

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Anton Schwartz (sax) • Josh Nelson (piano)
Reception following the concert.

Sep 10 Thursday
Seattle Art Museum - Seattle, WA

Inga Swearingen, Anton Schwartz, Chuck Deardorf

Earshot’s “Art of Jazz” concert series

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Inga Swearingen (vocal) • Anton Schwartz (sax) • Chuck Deardorf (bass)

Sep 11 Friday
KPLU Studio Session 88.5 FM - Seattle, WA

Inga Swearingen, Anton Schwartz, Chuck Deardorf

In-Studio Performance and Broadcast

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Inga Swearingen (vocal) • Anton Schwartz (sax) • Chuck Deardorf (bass) Streaming at kplu.org.

Sep 11 Friday
Boxley’s - North Bend, WA

Inga Swearingen, Anton Schwartz, Chuck Deardorf

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Inga Swearingen (vocal) • Anton Schwartz (sax) • Chuck Deardorf (bass). Shows at 7:00pm & 8:45pm

Sep 26 Saturday
SFJAZZ (Miner Auditorium) - San Francisco, CA

Peter Horvath Quartet

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Peter Horvath (piano) • Anton Schwartz (sax) • Jeff Chambers (bass) • Jason Lewis (drums)

Tour: Teaching
Sep 26 Saturday
California Jazz Conservatory - Berkeley, CA

Clinic

Playing the Heck out of “Wave”

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3:15pm – 5:15pm
We delve deeply into this classic composition by Antonio Carlos Jobim, examining its harmony in ways that will directly help us improvise over it, discussing the chord progression on both a micro level (how each chord leads to the next) and a big-picture level (how they all work together to form a coherent song). Suggestions are given for ways to mentally simplify the song’s structure, as well as ways to embellish to the chord changes. Students optionally improvise over the song and are critiqued, with recommendations given for a direct path to improvement.
Prerequisites: facility on a melodic instrument or vocals, improvisational experience, and knowledge of basic jazz harmony, including all major, minor and mixolydian and diminished scales.
Bring your instrument (optional).

Sep 27 Sunday
California Jazz Conservatory - Berkeley, CA

Clinic

“Bebop Articulation for the Saxophone”

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2pm-4pm
Standard jazz music notation gives us several symbols for articulation (staccato, legato, marcato, tenuto…) but these do not begin to express all the elements of articulation needed to producing musical lines that sound flowing and natural. This workshop delves into the full inventory of variables we can control with our tongue and air stream, and helps participants learn to use them effectively when they perform. We take the bebop idiom as our point of departure, as it forms the basis of many of the styles that followed, from post-bop to latin jazz to funk.
Prerequisites: Familiarity with saxophone technique and music notation are recommended.
Bring your instrument (optional).

Oct 3 Saturday
Loft Concert - Seattle, WA

Kellye Gray

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Kellye Gray (vocal) • Anton Schwartz (sax) • Bill Anschell (piano) • Jeff Johnson (bass)

Oct 4 Sunday
Swingin’ Sounds - Olympia, WA

Kellye Gray

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Kellye Gray (vocal) • Anton Schwartz (sax) • Bill Anschell (piano) • Jeff Johnson (bass). $30 admission includes snacks.

Oct 24 Saturday
Live @ the Library - Alameda, CA

Ed Reed Quintet

Tribute to John Coltrane / Johnny Hartman

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  • Time: 8:00pm
  • All Ages Welcome
  • Address/Map: 1550 Oak Street
  • Venue web site: Live @ the Library.

Tour: Teaching
Oct 25 Sunday
California Jazz Conservatory - Berkeley, CA

Clinic

“Improvising with Pentatonics”

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11am-1:45pm
A theoretical and practical look at pentatonic (five-note) scales and their role in jazz, paying particular attention to the many ways we can use them to great effect in our solos. We lay out the theory behind them from the ground up, show how they may be used in myriad harmonic contexts, and discuss exactly how it is that such a simple harmonic tool (they are the basis of some of the simplest folk melodies around the world) can be used so powerfully in modern music to create so many so many colors and degrees of tension and dissonance.
Prerequisites: A basic understanding of chords and seven-note scales is required; familiarity with advanced harmony (altered, lydian, etc.) is recommended.

Oct 25 Sunday
California Jazz Conservatory - Berkeley, CA

Clinic

“Improvising with Triad Pairs”

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2pm-4pm
A particular sound can be achieved by constructing musical phrases using a six-note scale and grouping the six notes into two triads. It’s a sound most closely associated with John Coltrane, and first discussed extensively by Walt Weiskopf. In this workshop we discuss this technique of triad pairs and how it departs from the pre-1960 jazz vocabulary. We explore its harmonic foundations and it various uses, and learn tips for integrating it into our improvisations.
Prerequisites: An understanding of chords and seven-note scales is required; familiarity with advanced harmony (altered, lydian, etc.) is recommended.

Nov 1 Sunday
Bach Dancing & Dynamite - El Granada, CA

Anton Schwartz Quintet

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Anton Schwartz (sax) • Gilbert Castellanos (trumpet) • Josh Nelson (piano) • John Shifflett (bass) • Lorca Hart (drums)

Nov 21 Saturday
The Neptune Theatre - Seattle, WA

Guest Soloist

The Last Waltz Tribute. (All proceeds benefit Northwest Harvest)

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Visit TheLastWaltzTribute.com for more information.

Dec 10 Thursday
KPLU / Karen Hille Center for the Performing Arts - Tacoma, WA

Anton Schwartz

Special guest artist for the 19th Annual KPLU Christmas Jam. Broadcast live on FM and online.

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Anton Schwartz is the special guest artist for the 2015 KPLU Christmas Jam, featuring the PLU big band and the PLU Faculty Jazz Trio. Broadcast live on KPLU 88.5 FM and kplu.org. noon-1pm PST.

Noteworthy past venues

  • Blue Note, NYC
  • Blues Alley, Washington DC
  • Boston Symphony Hall
  • Chris’ Jazz Cafe, Philadelphia
  • Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, NYC
  • Catalina Jazz Club, Los Angeles
  • Fifty-Five Bar, NYC
  • Grace Cathedral, San Francisco
  • Jazz Alley, Seattle
  • The Jazz Standard, NYC
  • Juneau Jazz & Classics Festival
  • Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz
  • LACMA, Los Angeles
  • Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga, CA
  • Monterey Jazz Festival
  • Regattabar, Boston
  • Ryles Jazz Club, Boston
  • Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
  • Scullers Jazz Club, Boston
  • SFJAZZ, San Francisco
  • SLO Jazz Festival, San Luis Obispo
  • Shanghai Century Park, Shanghai, China
  • The United Nations, NYC
  • Vitello’s, Los Angeles
  • Yoshi’s, Oakland
  • Yoshi’s, San Francisco