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Aug 21 Thursday
Cafe Stritch - San Jose, CA

Mark Levine Quartet

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Sep 5 Friday
Loft Concert - Oakland, CA

Jackie Ryan

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Jackie Ryan (vocal) • Anton Schwartz (sax) • Larry Dunlap (piano) • John Wiitala (bass)

Sep 6 Saturday
Loft Concert - Oakland, CA

Jackie Ryan

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Jackie Ryan (vocal) • Anton Schwartz (sax) • Larry Dunlap (piano) • John Wiitala (bass)

Tour: Teaching
Sep 13 Saturday
Jazz Night School - Seattle, WA

Clinic

“Making the Saxophone Swing”

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10:30am-1pm. This workshop for woodwind players explores how to make your phrases swing from a technical standpoint. Anton Schwartz presents different flavors of swinging, from down and dirty to light and nimble, and considers the various tools used to create them: rhythmic variation, accents, articulations and inflections. Participants listen to recorded examples and live demonstrations, and apply the ideas on their instruments. Appropriate for saxophonists, flutists and clarinetists. Bring your instrument (optional but encouraged).

Sep 13 Saturday
Jazz Night School - Seattle, WA

Clinic

“Saxophone Masterclass: Sound Like a Professional”

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1:00pm-4:30pm. What is it about the playing of a great jazz saxophonist that makes it sound so fluid and professional? Tone, intonation, time and note choice are all important, but they are not enough. In this workshop we observe and discuss in close detail many of the choices of note attack, emphasis, contour, duration, and release that differentiate a master from an average player. Students will be critiqued and interactively guided by the instructor to overcome their individual obstacles. Participation is encouraged but not required. Participating attendees should prepare this étude to play for critique. Those who find the étude difficult are encouraged to prepare it at a slow tempo, or prepare an easier piece such as Doxy or Tenor Madness.

Oct 18 Saturday
Jazz Night School - Seattle, WA

Clinic

Topic TBA

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10:30am-1pm.

Nov 7 Friday
Earshot Jazz Festival - Seattle, WA

Anton Schwartz Quintet

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Anton Schwartz (sax) • Thomas Marriott (trumpet) • George Colligan (piano) • Jon Hamar (bass) • Lorca Hart (drums)

Nov 8 Saturday
Earshot Jazz Festival - Seattle, WA

Anton Schwartz Quintet

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Anton Schwartz (sax) • Thomas Marriott (trumpet) • George Colligan (piano) • Jon Hamar (bass) • Lorca Hart (drums)

Tour: Teaching
Nov 15 Saturday
California Jazz Conservatory - Berkeley, CA

Clinic

Playing the Heck out of “There Will Never Be Another You”

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3:15pm-5:15pm. For all instruments.
This workshop delves deeply into one of the most widely played of all the jazz standards, a classic by Harry Warren. We examine the song’s 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 a variety of neat harmonic tricks 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. Knowledge of basic harmony, including major, minor and mixolydian scales.
Suggested: some familiarity with There Will Never Be Another You, and with altered and half-diminished chords. Bring your instrument (optional).

Nov 15 Saturday
Peninsula JCC - Foster City, CA

Anton Schwartz Quartet

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Hourlong concert with “meet the artist” reception following. Wine & cheese and dessert included.

Tour: Teaching
Nov 16 Sunday
California Jazz Conservatory - Berkeley, CA

Clinic

“Altered Dominant & Dominant 13♭9 Chords: The How, When & Why of Using Them”

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11:00am-1:45pm. For all instruments.
These two chords provide rich colors that are essential to the palette of intermediate and advanced jazz players. This workshop takes a deep look at the chords and their accompanying scales, examining how each is constructed, *why* they are constructed that way, and how they may be used to maximal effect. Their sounds are contrasted within the context of jazz (e.g. when should one be used rather than the other?), listening to examples of their use. Additional topics include: different types of “outness”; and lydian dominant, the “sister” of the altered sound. This workshop is appropriate for students with little prior exposure to the subject, as well as students familiar with melodic minor and diminished harmony who wish to deepen their understanding. Prerequisite: an understanding of basic theory and the mixolydian & diminished scales.

Nov 16 Sunday
California Jazz Conservatory - Berkeley, CA

Clinic

“Sus Chords: The How, When and Why of Using Them”

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2:15pm-4:15pm. For all instruments.
A deep look at suspended dominant chords. We discuss how they operate and listen to examples of their use. Topics include: traditional versus modern use, sus-flat-9, sus-add-3, relation to II-V-I progressions, techniques for improvisation.
Prerequisite: basic music theory.

Mar2015 1 Sunday
St. Mary’s Candlelight Concerts - San Francisco, CA

Anton Schwartz Trio

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Mar2015 10 Tuesday
Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola | Jazz at Lincoln Center - New York, NY

Anton Schwartz Quintet

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Noteworthy past venues

  • Blue Note, NYC
  • Blues Alley, Washington DC
  • Boston Symphony Hall
  • Brewery Arts Center, Carson City, NV
  • Cafe du Nord, San Francisco
  • The Calumet, Buffalo, NY
  • Catalina Jazz Club, Los Angeles
  • Fifty-Five Bar, NYC
  • Freight & Salvage, Berkeley
  • Jazz Alley, Seattle
  • Jazz de Opus, Portland, OR
  • 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
  • Vitello’s, Los Angeles
  • Yoshi’s, Oakland
  • Yoshi’s, San Francisco