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Sep 19 Saturday
The Sound Room - Oakland, CA

Anton Schwartz Quartet

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8pm-10:30pm

Sep 23 Wednesday
WJMAC (Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center) - Bellingham, WA

Anton Schwartz Quartet

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At the Sylvia Center for the Arts.
Theatre doors open at 6:30. Open seating.

Tour: Teaching
Sep 26 Saturday
California Jazz Conservatory - ONLINE, via Zoom

Clinic (Online) – open to all!

“Playing Bluesy over Jazz Harmony”

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11am-2pm Pacific Time
LIVE, REAL-TIME, ONLINE WORKSHOP
On the 75th Anniversary of Charlie Parker’s first recording session.!
The jazz masters play blues-based phrases that soar over jazz harmony, seemingly at one with the harmony… and simultaneously expressing & obeying an entirely separate logic. The ease of players like Charlie Parker, Kenny Burrell, Oscar Peterson and Stanley Turrentine is deceptive. Perhaps you’ve tried to use the same blues scale that one of them used over a chord progression and found it sounded nowhere as good. In this workshop you’ll learn how to use the power of the blues idiom in your jazz playing. We’ll look at the general principles as well as the specific harmonic tricks necessary to make the blues idiom work over: major chords, “jazz blues” chord changes, turnarounds and other common jazz progressions—developing our musical “intuitions” through exercises we can practice to develop crucial sounds in our ears (and our fingers).
Prerequisites: Understanding of basic jazz chord-scale harmony. Familiarity with advanced harmony including altered and diminished chords will be helpful but not required.
Instruments recommended (optional)

Nov 14 Saturday
California Jazz Conservatory - ONLINE, via Zoom

Clinic (Online) – open to all!

“Playing BLUESY over Confirmation”

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2pm-4pm Pacific Time
LIVE, REAL-TIME, ONLINE WORKSHOP
The ease with which jazz masters sound bluesy over jazz chord changes is deceptive. Such playing requires not only fluency with the blues idiom, but special understanding of how to superimpose that idiom over complex chords—an understanding that is largely at odds with conventional chord-scale approaches to improvisation. In this workshop we use Charlie Parker’s “Confirmation” as a vehicle characteristic of jazz rather than blues—given its quickly moving chord changes and modulations—and delve into the details of improvising over it idiomatically to blues.
Prerequisites: Understanding of intermediate chord-scale harmony, including half-diminished and altered dominant chords. The “Playing Bluesy over Jazz Harmony” workshop is good preparation for this workshop, but is not required.
Suggested: have your instrument and a way of playing an audio file (to be supplied) through speakers, preferably not on the device you’re using for zoom.

Nov 15 Sunday
California Jazz Conservatory - ONLINE, via Zoom

Clinic (Online) – open to all!

“Developing your Ballad Playing”

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2pm-4pm Pacific Time
LIVE, REAL-TIME, ONLINE WORKSHOP
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.
Suggested: have your instrument and a way of playing an audio file (to be supplied) through speakers, preferably not on the device you’re using for zoom.

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

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—Anton