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Tour: Teaching
Mar 4 Saturday
California Jazz Conservatory - Berkeley, CA

Clinic

“Improvising with Pentatonics”

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11am-2pm
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: An understanding of chords and seven-note scales is required; familiarity with advanced harmony (altered, lydian, etc.) is recommended.

Mar 4 Saturday
San Ramon Jazz Library - San Ramon, CA

Anton Schwartz

Grand re-opening concert.

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Gala concert celebrating the library’s re-opening. Event is 5pm-9pm with performance at 6:30-8:30pm. Other artists: Kim Nalley, Kenny Washington, Mads Tolling, John R. Burr, Kent Bryson, Michael Zisman

Mar 30 Thursday
KNKX Studio Session 88.5 FM - Seattle, WA

Guest Soloist

In-Studio Performance and Broadcast (guest with the Lynwood High School Jazz Combo)

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Streaming at knkx.org.

Tour: Teaching
Apr 8 Saturday
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-2:00pm. 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.

Apr 8 Saturday
California Jazz Conservatory - Berkeley, CA

Clinic

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

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3:00pm-5:00pm. 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.

Apr 9 Sunday
California Jazz Conservatory - Berkeley, CA

Clinic

“Improvising on Jazz Standards”

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2pm-4pm
This new 5-part series of hands-on workshops directed by some of the Bay Area’s top jazz improvisers is designed to provide players with a range of techniques for improvising on jazz standards. Get some new tools for your improvisational toolkit, and gain a variety of perspectives on jazz improvisation from each of these wonderful musicians. Each session will be directed by a different instructor and focus on a particular jazz standard, including plenty of in-class playing time, and Q&A. These workshops are open to all.
Suggested prerequisites for those who will play during the session: facility on an instrument and knowledge of jazz theory.

May 5 Friday
Yardbird Suite - Edmonton, AL (Canada)

Anton Schwartz Quintet

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May 6 Saturday
Frankie’s Jazz - Vancouver, BC (Canada)

Anton Schwartz Quintet

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May 7 Sunday
Hermann’s Jazz Club - Victoria, BC (Canada)

Anton Schwartz Quintet

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Tour: Teaching
Jul 31 Monday
Lafayette Summer Jazz Workshop - Lafayette, CA

Faculty

July 31 – August 4

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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
  • Grace Cathedral, San Francisco
  • 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
  • Yoshi’s, Oakland