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Oct 19 Saturday
Yardbird Suite - Edmonton, AL (Canada)

Anton Schwartz Quartet

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

Oct 21 Monday
Seattle Town Hall - Seattle, WA

Anton Schwartz Sextet

Presented by the Earshot Jazz Festival

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Anton Schwartz (sax) • Jared Hall (trumpet) • David Marriott (trombone) • Josh Nelson (piano) • Michael Glynn (bass) • Julian MacDonough (drums)
Day-of-show tickets are $5 more.

Nov 6 Wednesday
KCSM 91.1 FM - San Francisco, CA

Anton Schwartz

Alisa Clancy Interviews Anton Schwartz

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Alisa Clancy Interviews Anton Schwartz about his sextet and their upcoming performances.

Nov 6 Wednesday
Art Boutiki - San Jose, CA

Anton Schwartz Sextet

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Anton Schwartz (sax) • Joel Behrman (trumpet) • John Gove (trombone) • Josh Nelson (piano) • Jeff Denson (bass) • Lorca Hart (drums)

Nov 7 Thursday
Cloverdale Arts Alliance - Cloverdale, CA

Anton Schwartz Sextet

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Anton Schwartz (sax) • Joel Behrman (trumpet) • John Gove (trombone) • Josh Nelson (piano) • Jeff Denson (bass) • Lorca Hart (drums)

Nov 8 Friday
The Sound Room - Oakland, CA

Anton Schwartz Sextet

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8pm-10:30pm
Anton Schwartz (sax) • Joel Behrman (trumpet) • John Gove (trombone) • Josh Nelson (piano) • Jeff Denson (bass) • Lorca Hart (drums)

Nov 9 Saturday
State Theater - Auburn, CA

Anton Schwartz Sextet

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Anton Schwartz (sax) • Joel Behrman (trumpet) • John Gove (trombone) • Josh Nelson (piano) • Jeff Denson (bass) • Lorca Hart (drums)

Tour: Teaching
Nov 10 Sunday
California Jazz Conservatory - Berkeley, CA

Clinic

“Beyond the Blues Scale”

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11am-4pm (with a 30 min break for lunch)
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.

Nov 14 Thursday
Vito’s - Seattle, WA

Marina Albero & Anton Schwartz

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  • Time: 9:00pm
  • Price: No cover charge.
  • Ages 21+ Only
  • Address/Map: 927 Ninth Avenue
  • Phone: 206 397-4053
  • Venue web site: Vito’s.

Marina Albero (piano) • Anton Schwartz (sax)

Nov 16 Saturday
The Pacific Room - Seattle, WA

Anton Schwartz Quartet

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Anton Schwartz (sax) • John Hansen (piano) • Michael Glynn (bass) • D’Vonne Lewis (drums)
7pm-10pm.

Tour: Teaching
Jan2020 18 Saturday
California Jazz Conservatory - Berkeley, CA

Clinic

“Sus Chords”

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3:15-5:15pm
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, static versus dynamic use, sus-flat-9, sus-add-3, the relation to II-V-I progressions, techniques for improvisation.
Prerequisite: basic music theory.

Jan2020 19 Sunday
California Jazz Conservatory - Berkeley, CA

Clinic

“Improvising over Wave”

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11:30am-1:30pm
We delve deeply into this classic composition by Antonio Carlos Jobim, examining its 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 ways 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, improvisational experience, and knowledge of basic jazz harmony, including all major, minor and mixolydian and diminished scales.
Bring your instrument (optional).

Jan2020 19 Sunday
California Jazz Conservatory - Berkeley, CA

Clinic

“Altered Dominant Chords”

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2:00pm-4:00pm
This chord and its “sister chord,” Lydian Dominant, provide rich colors that are essential to the palette of intermediate and advanced jazz players. We take 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. This workshop is appropriate for students with little prior exposure to the subject, as well as students familiar with melodic minor harmony who wish to deepen their understanding.
Prerequisite: an understanding of basic theory and the mixolydian scale.

Jan2020 25 Saturday
Jazz Night School - Seattle, WA

Clinic

“Practicing Better”

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10am-noon

Musical mastery requires a lot of time. So let’s not waste any more time practicing the wrong way. In recent years, psychological experiments on skill acquisition have given a lot of new results about how most efficiently to develop memories and skills that last… and some of the results are quite powerful and counterintuitive. In this workshop we explore a number of findings and their concrete application to how we should practice.

Jan2020 25 Saturday
Jazz Night School - Seattle, WA

Clinic

“Improvising over Confirmation”

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1pm-3pm

We delve deeply into the chord progression of this classic bebop composition by Charlie Parker. A staple of the jazz repertoire, its chord changes appear in many other songs and are essential knowledge for the intermediate & advanced player. We discuss its harmony 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), in ways that will directly help us improvise over it. Suggestions are given for ways to mentally simplify the song’s structure, as well as multiple approaches to navigating its 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, improvisational experience, and knowledge of basic jazz harmony.
Bring your instrument (optional).

Apr2020 5 Sunday
Jazz Church West - Danville, CA

Anton Schwartz with the Sylvia Cuenca Trio

featuring Roni Ben-Hur and Harvie S.

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Jazz Vespers concert. 5:00pm-6:15pm. Reception following.

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