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Jan 30 Friday
Piedmont Piano Company - Oakland, CA

Ed Reed

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Ed Reed (vocal) • Randy Porter (piano) • Anton Schwartz (sax) • John Wiitala (bass)

Feb 27 Friday
Marin Country Mart Jazz Series - Larkspur, CA

Anton Schwartz Trio

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5:30pm-8:30pm

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

Clinic

“Recipes For Success As An Independent Jazz Artist”

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3:15pm-5:15pm.
A practical look at how to build your career in music. Whether you have you have several CDs and years of gigs under your belt or you’re just getting started and have never recorded, this workshop is guaranteed to let you understand the music business – and your place in it – in ways you never had before. Subjects include building your fan base, social media, getting gigs, dealing with club owners, selling and distributing your music, the role of a CD, conventional and digital sales, radio airplay and promotion, getting reviews and interviews. We’ll have fun while we cover plenty of territory, with lots of good anecdotes and inside information!

Mar 1 Sunday
California Jazz Conservatory - Berkeley, CA

Clinic

“Improvising with Pentatonics”

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11am-1:30pm
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.

Mar 1 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.

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

Anton Schwartz Trio

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

Anton Schwartz Quintet

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Apr 11 Saturday
Cafe Stritch - San Jose, CA

Anton Schwartz Quintet

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

Apr 12 Sunday
Jazz Church West - Danville, CA

Anton Schwartz Quintet

Special 10th Anniversary Concert!

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

Tour: Teaching
May 9 Saturday
California Jazz Conservatory - Berkeley, CA

Clinic

“Happy Endings: The Art of Ending a Song”

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3:15pm-5:15pm.
The final moments of a song are crucial to the lasting impression it leaves. This workshop for both rhythm section players and soloists addresses all the practical elements of pulling it off in style. Topics include: ritards, taking harmonic cues, playing over single and multiple fermatas, arranged endings, endings on the fly, nonverbal band communication. Bring your instruments, as there will be ample playing and critique!
Prerequisites: Experience performing songs and improvising.

May 10 Sunday
California Jazz Conservatory - Berkeley, CA

Clinic

“Beyond the Blues Scale”

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11am-4pm (5 hours including a 30 minute lunch break)
Designed for players accustomed to using a single scale for each song they improvise over, this interactive workshop introduces participants to the rich experience of improvising over changing harmony. The leap from jamming over a chord or a blues scale to playing meaningfully over moving chords can be overwhelming; this workshop breaks it down through progressive exercises that allow students to hear and feel the changes of harmony, paving the way for students to play over chord changes as a natural expression of emotion rather than an intellectual exercise. Participants learn to improvise over a 12-bar blues like a jazz musician, bringing out the unique sound of each part of the blues form, rather than treating it all as an undifferentiated whole. Prerequisites: Knowledge of major and minor scales and facility on a melodic instrument.

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