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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.

Apr 29 Saturday
Jazz Night School - Seattle, WA

Clinic

”The Diminished Scale in Jazz”

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10am-12:30pm.
The diminished scale differs in important ways from the seven-note scales we are accustomed to. It contains eight notes; it has much more internal dissonance; it lacks a tonal center; it is symmetrical. We’ll explore the implications of these properties as we develop a clear picture of the scale and how it fits into jazz harmony, discussing its use over particular chords as well as methods for using the scale to improvise lines.
Prerequisite: Understanding of major, minor and dominant scales.
Note: Discounted rate of $85 for both workshops this day.

Apr 29 Saturday
Jazz Night School - Seattle, WA

Clinic

”Improvising on Blue Bossa”

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1:30pm-4:00pm.
Blue Bossa is one of the most frequently called beginner-level tunes at jam sessions, so it’s important for any developing jazz musician to know. Its simplicity also makes it a great vehicle for students who are new to chord changes or having trouble playing over them with ease. The instructor will present the tune 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 critiqued, with recommendations given for a direct path to improvement.
Note: Discounted rate of $85 for both workshops this day.

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

Anton Schwartz Quintet

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

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

Anton Schwartz Quintet

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

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

Anton Schwartz Quintet

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

Tour: Teaching
Jun 3 Saturday
Jazz Night School - Seattle, WA

Clinic

”The Art of Ending a Song”

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10:00am-12:30pm.
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 may include: ritards, taking harmonic cues, playing over single and multiple fermatas, arranged endings, endings on the fly, nonverbal band communication. Bring your instruments.
Prerequisites: Experience performing songs and improvising.
Note: Discounted rate of $85 for both workshops this day.

Jun 3 Saturday
Jazz Night School - Seattle, WA

Clinic

“The Minor Blues”

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1:30pm-4:00pm
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 possibilities.
Prerequisites: knowledge of the simple I-IV-V 12-bar blues form and basic jazz harmony.
Note: Discounted rate of $85 for both workshops this day.

Jun 25 Sunday
Portola Vineyards Summer Jazz - Portola Valley, CA

Anton Schwartz Quintet

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Music 6pm-7:30pm. Venue open 5pm-8pm. Admission: $24 (age 21+, includes wine tasting) • $12 (age 5-20)

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

Faculty

July 31 – August 4

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Aug 12 Saturday
The Sound Room - Oakland, CA

Anton Schwartz Sextet

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Anton Schwartz (sax) • Ian Carey (tpt) • John Gove (trombone) • Josh Nelson (piano) • Lorca Hart (drums)

Aug 13 Sunday
San Jose Jazz SUMMER FEST: Jade Leaf Stage - San Jose, CA

Allison Adams Tucker

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Allison Adams Tucker Quintet featuring Anton Schwartz (sax) and Josh Nelson (piano)

Aug 13 Sunday
San Jose Jazz SUMMER FEST: Silicon Valley Stage - San Jose, CA

Anton Schwartz Sextet

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Anton Schwartz (sax) • Ian Carey (tpt) • John Gove (trombone) • Josh Nelson (piano) • Lorca Hart (drums)

Oct 5 Thursday
Cloverdale Arts Center - Cloverdale, CA

Anton Schwartz Quintet

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

Anton Schwartz Quintet

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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)

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