Music Calendar

To have announcements of Anton’s gigs automatically sent to you, join the mailing list.


Upcoming Events

Subscribe: EmailRSS iCal

Nov 7 Friday
Earshot Jazz Festival - Seattle, WA

Anton Schwartz Quintet

Show More Info

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

Show More Info

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”

Show More Info

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

Show More Info

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”

Show More Info

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”

Show More Info

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.

Feb2015 28 Saturday
California Jazz Conservatory - Berkeley, CA

Clinic

“Recipes For Success As An Independent Jazz Artist”

Show More Info

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!

Mar2015 1 Sunday
California Jazz Conservatory - Berkeley, CA

Clinic

“Improvising with Pentatonics”

Show More Info

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.

Mar2015 1 Sunday
California Jazz Conservatory - Berkeley, CA

Clinic

“Improvising with Triad Pairs”

Show More Info

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.

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

Anton Schwartz Trio

Show More Info

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

Anton Schwartz Quintet

Show More Info

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