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Feb 19 Friday
The Sound Room - Oakland, CA

Kellye Gray

featuring Anton Schwartz

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Kellye Gray (vocal), Anton Schwartz (sax), Adam Shulman (piano), Peter Barshay (bass), Greg Wyser-Pratte (drums)

Tour: Teaching
Feb 21 Sunday
California Jazz Conservatory - Berkeley, CA

Clinic

“Transcription: Building Musicianship”

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11am-1:30pm
Most jazz musicians recognize the enormous benefits of transcribing solos, but relatively few go about it in a way that lets them reap those benefits. In this workshop we address how to transcribe solos and other music passages for both efficiency and maximum learning, demonstrating the principles through actual transcription in class. Prerequisites: working knowledge of music theory and jazz harmony.
Prerequisites: working knowledge of music theory and jazz harmony.

Feb 27 Saturday
Jazz Night School - Seattle, WA

Clinic

“Altered Dominant & Dominant 13♭9 Chords: The How, When & Why of Using Them”

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11:00am-1:30pm. 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 without prior exposure to the subject, as well as students familiar with melodic minor and diminished harmony who wish to deepen their understanding. Guaranteed to show you ways of thinking about these chords that you haven’t seen before.
Prerequisite: an understanding of basic theory and the mixolydian scale.
NOTE: Discounted rate of $75 ($85 day-of) when this workshop is taken along with the Sus Chords workshop at 2pm.

Feb 27 Saturday
Jazz Night School - Seattle, WA

Clinic

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

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2:00pm-4:00pm.
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: an understanding of basic theory and the mixolydian scale.
NOTE: Discounted rate of $75 ($85 day-of) when this workshop is taken along with the Sus Chords workshop at 2pm.

Mar 13 Sunday
California Jazz Conservatory - Berkeley, CA

Clinic

“Developing your Ballad Skills”

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2pm-4pm
The slow songs of the jazz repertoire may be less technically demanding than their faster counterparts, but they require special skills and arguably greater artistry to play credibly. In this workshop we tackle those skills head on, focusing on phrasing and feel, and outline practical avenues for improving your artistry. We also explore rubato, cadenzas and double-time feel as time allows.
Prerequisites: facility on a melodic instrument or vocals, improvisational experience, and knowledge of basic jazz harmony. Bring your instrument (recommended).

Mar 18 Friday
Tula’s - Seattle, WA

Danny Green Quartet

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  • Time: 7:30pm
  • All Ages Welcome
  • Address/Map: 2214 2nd Ave
  • Phone: 206 443-4221
  • Venue web site: Tula’s.

All ages welcome until 10pm. 21+ thereafter.

Mar 27 Sunday
Campbell’s Resort - Lake Chelan, WA

Anton Schwartz Trio

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10am-2pm. Special Easter jazz brunch.

Apr 8 Friday
Cafe Stritch - San Jose, CA

Anton Schwartz Quintet

featuring Russell Ferrante (piano)

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Anton Schwartz (sax) • Russell Ferrante (piano) • John Shifflett (bass) • Lorca Hart (drums)

Apr 9 Saturday
Cafe Stritch - San Jose, CA

Anton Schwartz Quintet

featuring Russell Ferrante (piano)

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Anton Schwartz (sax) • Russell Ferrante (piano) • John Shifflett (bass) • Lorca Hart (drums)

Tour: Teaching
Apr 30 Saturday
California Jazz Conservatory - Berkeley, CA

Clinic

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

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3:15pm-5:15pm. 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.

May 1 Sunday
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.

May 13 Friday
Cafe Pink House - Saratoga, CA

Anton Schwartz Quartet

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Two hourlong sets at 7:30pm and 9:00pm.

Tour: Teaching
May 15 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.

Jun 4 Saturday
North Coast Brewing Company - Fort Bragg, CA

Anton Schwartz Quintet

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Anton Schwartz (sax), Joel Behrman (trumpet), Josh Nelson (piano), John Shifflett (bass), Lorca Hart (drums)

Jun 5 Sunday
Jazz at Peace - Danville, CA

Anton Schwarz / Josh Nelson duo

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Jazz Vespers. Anton Schwartz (sax) • Josh Nelson (piano). 5:00pm-6:15pm. Reception following.

Tour: Teaching
Aug 1 Monday
Lafayette Summer Jazz Workshop - Lafayette, CA

Faculty

August 1 – August 5

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Aug 21 Sunday
Jazz at Filoli - Woodside, CA

Anton Schwartz Quintet

Featuring Terell Stafford

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Anton Schwartz (sax) • Terell Stafford (trumpet) • Josh Nelson (piano) • John Shifflett (bass) • Lorca Hart (drums).
Price includes complimentary white wine, beer, snacks. Six world-class, outdoor concerts each summer in Filoli’s beautiful gardens. SF Examiner calls it “one of the Bay Area’s finest jazz experiences.”

Sep 7 Wednesday
Whatcom Jazz Music Art Center - Bellingham, WA

Anton Schwarz / Josh Nelson duo

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Anton Schwartz (sax) • Josh Nelson (piano).
Concert held at The Majestic.

Sep 8 Thursday
Boxley’s - North Bend, WA

Anton Schwarz / Josh Nelson duo

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Anton Schwartz (sax) • Josh Nelson (piano). Shows at 7:00pm & 8:45pm

Sep 9 Friday
Tacoma Jazz Association - Tacoma, WA

Anton Schwarz / Josh Nelson duo

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Anton Schwartz (sax) • John Nelson (piano)

Sep 10 Saturday
Loft Concert - Seattle, WA

Anton Schwarz / Josh Nelson duo

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  • Time: 8:00pm
  • All Ages Welcome
  • Venue web site: Loft Concert.

Anton Schwartz (sax) • Josh Nelson (piano)

Sep 11 Sunday
Swingin’ Sounds - Olympia, WA

Anton Schwarz / Josh Nelson duo

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Anton Schwartz (sax) • John Nelson (piano)

Sep 22 Thursday
SFJAZZ (Joe Henderson Lab) - San Francisco, CA

Ed Reed Quintet

Ed Reed & Anton Schwartz play John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman

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Ed Reed (vocal) • Anton Schwartz (sax) • Adam Shulman (piano) • John Wiitala (bass) • Lorca Hart (drums).
Two hourlong shows: 8pm & 9:30pm.

Sep 23 Friday
Cafe Pink House - Saratoga, CA

Ed Reed Quintet

The Music of John Coltrane on his 90th birthday. Featuring Anton Schwartz.

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Two hourlong sets at 7:30pm and 9:00pm. Ed Reed (vocal) • Anton Schwartz (tenor sax) • Adam Shulman (piano) • John Wiitala (bass) • Lorca Hart (drums)

Oct 9 Sunday
Jazz Live at Marine View - Tacoma, WA

Danny Green Quartet

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Noteworthy past venues

  • Blue Note, NYC
  • Blues Alley, Washington DC
  • Boston Symphony Hall
  • Century Park, Shanghai, China
  • Chris’ Jazz Cafe, Philadelphia
  • Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, NYC
  • Catalina Jazz Club, Los Angeles
  • Earshot Jazz Festival, Seattle
  • Fifty-Five Bar, NYC
  • Grace Cathedral, San Francisco
  • Jazz Alley, Seattle
  • 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