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Tour: Teaching
Jan 28 Saturday
Jazz Night School - Seattle, WA

Clinic

”Practicing Better”

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10:00am-noon.
Musical mastery requires a lot of time. So let’s not waste any more time practicing the wrong way. In recent years, psychological experiments on skill acquisition have given a lot of new results about how most efficiently to develop memories and skills that last… and some of the results are quite powerful and counterintuitive. In this workshop we explore a number of findings and their concrete application to how we should practice.
NOTE: Discounted rate of $80 ($90 day-of) when this workshop is taken along with the Jazz Blues workshop at 1pm.

Jan 28 Saturday
Jazz Night School - Seattle, WA

Clinic

”Playing the Heck out of the Jazz Blues”

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1pm-4pm.
The 12 bar blues is the single most important set of chord changes in jazz. It is crucial that jazz musicians be able to improvise over the changes fluidly, both because of the vast number of songs that use them, and the extent to which the blues and its many variations contain the harmonic building blocks that make up all jazz standards. In this workshop, students improvise over the blues (optional but encouraged. Bb or F concert key) and are critiqued, with recommendations given for a direct path to improvement. Student improvisations will serve as a springboard for discussions of the many harmonic possibilities afforded by the blues.
Prerequisites: knowledge of the simple I-IV-V 12-bar blues form and basic jazz harmony.
NOTE: Discounted rate of $80 ($90 day-of) when this workshop is taken along with the Practicing Better workshop at 10am.

Feb 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

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.

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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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