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Feb 1 Friday
Piedmont Piano Company - Oakland, CA

Ed Reed Quintet

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Ed Reed (vocal) • Anton Schwartz (sax) • Adam Shulman (piano) • Carla Kaufman (bass) • Lorca Hart (drums).

Tour: Teaching
Feb 2 Saturday
California Jazz Conservatory - Berkeley, CA


“Practicing Better”

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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.

Feb 3 Sunday
California Jazz Conservatory - Berkeley, CA


“Improvising with Pentatonics”

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A theoretical and practical look at pentatonic (five-note) scales and their role in jazz, paying particular attention to the many ways we can use them to great effect in our solos. We lay out the theory behind them from the ground up, show how they may be used in myriad harmonic contexts, and discuss exactly how it is that such a simple harmonic tool (they are the basis of some of the simplest folk melodies around the world) can be used so powerfully in modern music to create so many so many colors and degrees of tension and dissonance.
Prerequisites: An understanding of chords and seven-note scales is required; familiarity with advanced harmony (altered, lydian, etc.) is recommended.

Feb 23 Saturday
San Jose Jazz WinterFest 2019 - San Jose, CA

Kenny Washington & Anton Schwartz

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Kenny Washington (vocal) • Anton Schwartz (sax) • Randy Porter (piano) • Ron Belcher (bass) • Lorca Hart (drums)

May 16 Thursday
SFJAZZ (Joe Henderson Lab) - San Francisco, CA

Anton Schwartz Quartet

Anton Schwartz plays Dexter Gordon’s “Go”

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Two shows: 8pm and 9:30pm.
Concert in tribute to the classic Dexter Gordon record, “Go” (Blue Note, 1962).
Anton Schwartz (sax) • Adam Shulman (piano) • John Wiitala (bass) • Lorca Hart (drums)

Tour: Teaching
Jul 15 Monday
Lafayette Summer Jazz Workshop - Lafayette, CA


July 15-19

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Sep 18 Wednesday
Jazz at the Center - Camano Island, WA

Anton Schwartz

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

Anton Schwartz Sextet

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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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