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Tour: Teaching
Sep 25 Monday
Selkirk College - Nelson, BC (Canada)

Clinic

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Sep 26 Tuesday
Selkirk College - Nelson, BC (Canada)

Dan Brubeck Quartet

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Sep 28 Thursday
Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel - Banff, AB (Canada)

Dan Brubeck Quartet

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Dan Brubeck (drums), Anton Schwartz (sax), Adam Thomas (bass, vocal), Tony Foster (piano)

Sep 29 Friday
Yardbird Suite - Edmonton, AL (Canada)

Dan Brubeck Quartet

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Dan Brubeck (drums), Anton Schwartz (sax), Adam Thomas (bass, vocal), Tony Foster (piano)

Sep 30 Saturday
JazzYYC - Calgary, AB (Canada)

Dan Brubeck Quartet

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  • All Ages Welcome
  • Venue web site: JazzYYC.

Dan Brubeck (drums), Anton Schwartz (sax), Adam Thomas (bass, vocal), Tony Foster (piano)

Oct 1 Sunday
Whitefish Theatre Co. - Whitefish, MT

Dan Brubeck Quartet

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Dan Brubeck (drums), Anton Schwartz (sax), Adam Thomas (bass, vocal), Tony Foster (piano)

Oct 5 Thursday
Cloverdale Arts Alliance - Cloverdale, CA

Anton Schwartz Quintet

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Anton Schwartz (sax) • Joel Behrman (trumpet) • Josh Nelson (piano) • Jeff Denson (bass) • Lorca Hart (drums)

Oct 7 Saturday
San Ramon Jazz Library - San Ramon, CA

Anton Schwartz Quintet

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Anton Schwartz (sax) • Joel Behrman (trumpet) • Josh Nelson (piano) • Jeff Denson (bass) • Lorca Hart (drums)

Oct 25 Wednesday
The Royal Room - Seattle, WA

Anton Schwartz

Guest soloist with Big Band Blue

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Big Band Blue is the advanced big band of Jazz Night School. Anton will be their featured soloist on the second set as they perform big band arrangements of compositions by Anton and others.

Tour: Teaching
Oct 28 Saturday
California Jazz Conservatory - Berkeley, CA

Clinic

“Jazz Improvisation Essentials: The Minor Blues”

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3:15-5:15pm
An important variant of the ubiquitous Blues form, the Minor Blues is one of the most frequently recurring forms in jazz. If you’ve heard Mr. P. C., Equinox, Birk’s Works or the Spider Man theme, you’re familiar with it. The instructor will present the form in a way that makes it easy to internalize, and give lots of practical advice about how to improvise over it. Students improvise (optional but encouraged) and are given feedback, with recommendations given for a direct path to improvement. Student improvisations will serve as a springboard for discussions of the many harmonic variations and possibilities.
Prerequisite: knowledge of the simple I-IV-V 12-bar blues form and basic jazz harmony.

Oct 29 Sunday
California Jazz Conservatory - Berkeley, CA

Clinic

“Improvising on Charlie Parker’s Confirmation”

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This classic bebop composition by Charlie Parker is a staple of the jazz repertoire; its chord changes appear in many other songs and are essential knowledge for the intermediate & advanced player. We discuss its harmony 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 progression), in ways that will directly help us improvise over it. Suggestions are given for ways to mentally simplify the song’s structure, as well as multiple approaches to navigating its 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. Bring your instrument (optional). 11:00am-1:30pm

Oct 29 Sunday
California Jazz Conservatory - Berkeley, CA

Clinic

“Math for Jazz Music”

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Modular Arithmetic. Mutually Prime. Rotational Symmetry. Have I lost you yet? Terms like these are foreign to most of us, but what they stand for are things that, as musicians, we unknowingly deal with all the time. Let’s get our geek on and learn some new ways of talking about harmony and rhythm — ways that we can put to powerful use in better understanding and internalizing the music we play. Prerequisites: familiarity with basic musical concepts such as chord types and the circle of fifths. 2-4pm.

Oct 31 Tuesday
SFJAZZ Education - San Francisco, CA

Clinic

SFJAZZ High School All-Stars

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Coaching the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Big Band and Combo.

Nov 5 Sunday
Columbia City Theatre - Seattle, WA

Schwartz / Balmer / Doria / Lewis

Presented by the Earshot Jazz Festival

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Tribute to the great saxophonist Stanley Turrentine!
Anton Schwartz (sax) • Dan Balmer (guitar) • Joe Doria (organ) • D’Vonne Lewis (drums). All ages welcome; full bar for 21+.

Tour: Teaching
Nov 11 Saturday
Jazz Night School - Seattle, WA

Clinic

“Ear Training for Songs”

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1:00pm-4:00pm
Listen to enough jazz standards and you’ll start to recognize the same recurring building blocks that comprise the bulk of their chord changes. Familiarity with them can make learning songs much easier, and be invaluable in composing. In this workshop the instructor will present a number of harmonic devices found in songs, and work with the students on identifying them by ear.
Prerequisites: working knowledge of music theory and jazz harmony.

Nov 18 Saturday
Jazz Night School - Seattle, WA

Clinic

Improvising on Jobim’s “Wave”

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10:00am-12:30pm.
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: Improvisational experience and knowledge of basic jazz harmony, including all major, minor, mixolydian and diminished scales.
Bring your instrument (optional).
Note: Discounted rate of $85 for both workshops this day.

Nov 18 Saturday
Jazz Night School - Seattle, WA

Clinic

“Math for Jazz Music”

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1:30pm-4:00pm
Modular Arithmetic… Mutually Prime… Rotational Symmetry. Have I lost you yet? Terms like these are foreign to most of us, but what they stand for are things that, as musicians, we unknowingly deal with all the time. Let’s get our geek on and learn some new ways of talking about harmony and rhythm… ways that we can put to powerful use in better understanding and internalizing the music we play.
Prerequisites: familiarity with basic musical concepts such as chord types and the circle of fifths.
Note: Discounted rate of $85 for both workshops this day.

Nov 30 Thursday
Cafe Stritch - San Jose, CA

Anton Schwartz Quintet

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Anton Schwartz (sax) • Josh Nelson (piano) • Joel Behrman (trumpet) • Gary Brown (bass) • Alan Hall (drums)

Dec 2 Saturday
Jazz at the Sequoia Room - Fort Bragg, CA

Anton Schwartz Quintet

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Anton Schwartz (sax), Joel Behrman (trumpet), Josh Nelson (piano), Gary Brown (bass), Lorca Hart (drums).
in the North Coast Brewery Taproom, Restaurant & Bar.
Guests must be age 13+.
Guests under 21 must be accompanied by an adult.

Dec 3 Sunday
Jazz Church West - Danville, CA

Anton Schwartz / Josh Nelson duo

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Jazz Vespers concert. Anton Schwartz (sax) • Josh Nelson (piano). 5:00pm-6:15pm. Reception following.

Dec 6 Wednesday
The Hammer Theatre - San Jose, CA

Anton Schwartz

Guest soloist with the San Jose State University Jazz Orchestra

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7pm-9pm.

Dec 9 Saturday
Peninsula JCC - Foster City, CA

Anton Schwartz Quintet

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

Tour: Teaching
Jan2018 26 Friday
Seattle JazzED - Seattle, WA

Clinic

Masterclass & Jam Session

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Masterclass (6:30-7:15) and Jam Session (7:15-9:00) for Seattle JazzED students.

Apr2018 19 Thursday
SFJAZZ (Joe Henderson Lab) - San Francisco, CA

Anton Schwartz Quintet

Anton Schwartz plays Joe Henderson’s “Page One”

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Two shows: 8pm and 9:30pm. Concert in tribute to the classic Joe Henderson record, “Page One” (Blue Note, 1963)

Nov2018 4 Sunday
First Sundays Concert - Bainbridge Island, WA

Anton Schwartz Quintet

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4pm-6pm.

Noteworthy past venues

  • Blue Note, NYC
  • Blue Whale, Los Angeles
  • Blues Alley, Washington DC
  • Boston Symphony Hall
  • Century Park, Shanghai, China
  • Chris’ Jazz Cafe, Philadelphia
  • Dizzy’s, San Diego
  • Catalina Jazz Club, Los Angeles
  • Earshot Jazz Festival, Seattle
  • Fillmore Jazz Festival, San Francisco
  • Fifty-Five Bar, NYC
  • Frankie’s Jazz, Vancouver, Canada
  • Grace Cathedral, San Francisco
  • Hermann’s Jazz, Victoria, Canada
  • Jazz Alley, Seattle
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center, NYC
  • KCSM Jazz on the Hill, San Mateo, CA
  • 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
  • San Francisco Jazz Festival
  • Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
  • Scullers Jazz Club, Boston
  • SFJAZZ, San Francisco
  • SLO Jazz Festival, San Luis Obispo
  • The United Nations, NYC
  • Vitello’s, Los Angeles
  • Yardbird Suite, Edmonton, Canada
  • Yoshi’s, Oakland