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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 Church West - Danville, CA

Anton Schwartz / Josh Nelson duo

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

Jun 10 Friday
Dizzy’s (San Diego) - Pacific Beach, CA

Kenny Washington / Anton Schwartz / Josh Nelson

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Kenny Washington (vocal) • Anton Schwartz (sax) • Josh Nelson (piano)

Jun 11 Saturday
bluewhale - Los Angeles, CA

Kenny Washington / Anton Schwartz / Josh Nelson

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Kenny Washington (vocal) • Anton Schwartz (sax) • Josh Nelson (piano)

Jun 26 Sunday
Loft Concert - Seattle, WA

Denise Donatelli

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Denise Donatelli (vocal) • Anton Schwartz (sax) • Bill Anschell (piano) • Michael Glynn (bass)

Jul 2 Saturday
California Jazz Conservatory - Berkeley, CA

Anton Schwartz Quintet

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

Jul 3 Sunday
Filmore Jazz Festival - San Francisco, CA

Anton Schwartz Quintet

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Anton Schwartz (sax), Erik Jekabson (trumpet), Josh Nelson (piano), John Shifflett (bass), Lorca Hart (drums)
Outdoor jazz festival. The largest free-of-charge jazz festival on the West Coast!

Jul 3 Sunday
Cafe Pink House - Saratoga, CA

Anton Schwartz Quintet

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Two hourlong sets at 6:00pm and 7:30pm.
Anton Schwartz (sax) • Erik Jekabson (trumpet) • Josh Nelson (piano) • John Shifflett (bass) • Lorca Hart (drums).

Jul 14 Thursday
The Triple Door - Seattle, WA

Ed Reed Quintet

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Ed Reed (vocal) • Anton Schwartz (sax) • Dawn Clement (piano) • Michael Glynn (bass) • D’Vonne Lewis (drums).
Two 45-minute sets.

Tour: Teaching
Jul 31 Sunday
California Jazz Conservatory - Berkeley, CA

Clinic

“Playing the Heck out of Blue Bossa”

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11am-1pm
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 improvize over it. Students improvise (optional but encouraged) and are critiqued, with recommendations given for a direct path to improvement.

Jul 31 Sunday
California Jazz Conservatory - Berkeley, CA

Clinic

Saxophone Masterclass: Sound Like a Professional

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1:30pm-4pm
What is it about the playing of a great jazz saxophonist that makes it sound so fluid and professional? Tone, intonation, time and note choice are all important, but they are not enough. In this workshop we observe and discuss in close detail many of the choices of note attack, emphasis, contour, duration, and release that differentiate a master from an average player. Students will be critiqued and interactively guided by the instructor to overcome their individual obstacles. Participation is encouraged but not required. Participating attendees should prepare this étude to play for critique: antonjazz.com/etude. Those who find the étude difficult are encouraged to prepare it at a slow tempo, or prepare a piece such as Doxy or Tenor Madness.

Aug 1 Monday
Lafayette Summer Jazz Workshop - Lafayette, CA

Faculty

August 1 – August 5

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Aug 18 Thursday
Crocker Art Museum - Sacramento, CA

Anton Schwartz Quintet

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Anton Schwartz (sax), Joel Behrman (trumpet), Josh Nelson (piano), John Shifflett (bass), Lorca Hart (drums)
$7 members ● $12 students/youth & Capital Public Radio members ● $14 nonmembers

Tour: Teaching
Aug 20 Saturday
California Jazz Conservatory - Berkeley, CA

Clinic

“Playing the Heck out of the Jazz Blues”

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10:00am-12:30pm
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.

Aug 20 Saturday
California Jazz Conservatory - Berkeley, CA

Clinic

“Happy Endings: The Art of Ending a Tune”

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1:00pm-4:00pm
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 (optional but encouraged), as there will be playing and critique. Prerequisites: Experience performing songs and improvising.

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.”

Aug 25 Thursday
Jazz at the Merc - Temecula, CA

Anton Schwartz / Josh Nelson duo

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

Anton Schwartz / 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 Schwartz / 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 Schwartz / Josh Nelson duo

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Anton Schwartz (sax) • John Nelson (piano)

Sep 10 Saturday
Loft Concert - Seattle, WA

Anton Schwartz / 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 Schwartz / 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 7 Friday
KPLU Studio Session 88.5 FM - Seattle, WA

Danny Green Quartet

In-Studio Performance and Broadcast

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Danny Green (piano) • Anton Schwartz (sax) • Justin Grinnell (bass) • Julien Cantelm (drums) Streaming at kplu.org.

Oct 7 Friday
Tula’s - Seattle, WA

Danny Green Quartet

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  • Time: 7:30pm
  • Price: $20
  • All Ages Welcome
  • Address/Map: 2214 2nd Ave
  • Phone: 206 443-4221
  • Venue web site: Tula’s.

Anton joins the award-winning Danny Green Trio, up from San Diego.
Danny Green (piano)  •  Anton Schwartz (sax) • Justin Grinnell (bass)  •  Julien Cantelm (drums)
All ages welcome until 10pm. 21+ thereafter.

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

Danny Green Quartet

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Anton joins the award-winning Danny Green Trio, up from San Diego. Danny Green (piano) • Anton Schwartz (sax) • Justin Grinnell (bass) • Julien Cantelm (drums)

Nov 4 Friday
Earshot Jazz Festival - Seattle, WA

Denise Donatelli Quintet

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Denise Donatelli Quintet featuring Anton Schwartz
with Randy Porter (piano) • Michael Glynn (bass) • Matt Jorgensen (drums)
November 4 & 5.

Nov 5 Saturday
Earshot Jazz Festival - Seattle, WA

Denise Donatelli Quintet

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Denise Donatelli Quintet featuring Anton Schwartz
with Randy Porter (piano) • Michael Glynn (bass) • Matt Jorgensen (drums)
November 4 & 5.

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