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Feb 21 Wednesday
Jazz at the Center - Camano Island, WA

Anton Schwartz / Randy Porter duo

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Anton Schwartz (sax) • Randy Porter (piano). 7pm-9:15pm

Feb 22 Thursday
Egan’s Ballard Jam House - Seattle, WA

Anton Schwartz / Randy Porter duo

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Anton Schwartz (sax) • Randy Porter (piano)
7pm-8:30pm

Mar 14 Wednesday
Seattle Academy of Arts & Sciences - Seattle, WA

Anton Schwartz

Guest Artist with the SAAS Jazz Ensemble

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Mar 17 Saturday
7 Mile House Jazz Festival - Brisbane, CA

Anton Schwartz

Featured guest

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First annual 7 Mile House Jazz Festival.

Tour: Teaching
Mar 24 Saturday
Jazz Night School - Seattle, WA

Clinic

Improvising on “There Will Never Be Another You”

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10:00am-12:30pm.
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 altered and half-diminished chords. Bring your instrument (optional).
Note: Discounted rate of $85 for both workshops this day.

Mar 24 Saturday
Jazz Night School - Seattle, WA

Clinic

“Developing your Ballad Skills”

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1:30pm-4:00pm
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).
Note: Discounted rate of $85 for both workshops this day.

Apr 14 Saturday
California Jazz Conservatory - Berkeley, CA

Clinic

“Expanding our Rhythmic Freedom”

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3:15pm-5:15pm
How many of us feel trapped by our own rhythmic habits when we improvise? Our rhythmic ideas fit neatly into the measures like nicely stacked boxes. We know our playing could be much freer and more exciting, but we just can’t seem to find a path to get there. Perhaps we’ve tried to introduce polyrhythms into our playing but find that things fall apart when attempt them. In this workshop we’ll explore polyrhythmic elements, and learn to assimilate them in an incremental process, whereby we can avoid the “brain meltdown” that can come from attempting a new polyrhythm all at once. The result is a rhythmic concept that is both freer and more solid.
Bring your instrument (optional).

Apr 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)

May 14 Monday
The Royal Room - Seattle, WA

Jacob Szekely Trio ft. Anton Schwartz

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May 17 Thursday
The Sound Room - Oakland, CA

Anton Schwartz Quintet

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

May 18 Friday
Cafe Pink House - Saratoga, CA

Anton Schwartz / Josh Nelson / Alex Boneham

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Anton Schwartz (sax) • Josh Nelson (piano) • Alex Boneham (bass) Two hourlong sets at 7:30 and 9pm.

May 19 Saturday
SLO Jazz Festival - San Luis Obispo, CA

Anton Schwartz Quintet

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

May 20 Sunday
bluewhale - Los Angeles, CA

Anton Schwartz Quintet

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

Jun 10 Sunday
Jazz Live at Marine View - Tacoma, WA

Kenny Washington Quintet feat. Anton Schwartz

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Tour: Teaching
Jul 23 Monday
Lafayette Summer Jazz Workshop - Lafayette, CA

Faculty

July 23 – 27

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Nov 4 Sunday
First Sundays Concert - Bainbridge Island, WA

Anton Schwartz Quintet

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4pm-6pm.

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
  • Frankie’s Jazz, Vancouver, Canada
  • Grace Cathedral, San Francisco
  • Hermann’s Jazz, Victoria, Canada
  • 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
  • Yardbird Suite, Edmonton, Canada
  • Yoshi’s, Oakland