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Tour: Teaching
Oct 20 Saturday
Jazz Night School - Seattle, WA

Clinic

“Jazz Scales”

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10am-1pm
The number of scales you’re expected to know as a jazz musician can feel overwhelming. This workshop gives the big picture view of how scales interrelate, and how you can think of them as an organized palette, not just a long list to be memorized. We’ll discuss pentatonics, modes of the major and melodic minor, the diminished scale, bebop scales, blues scales… exploring them with regard to constructing lines, brightness/darkness, functional harmony and more.
Prerequisites: Knowledge of seventh chords (major, minor, dominant, diminished) and major & minor scales.

Oct 20 Saturday
Jazz Night School - Seattle, WA

Clinic (FREE)

“Random Roots: A New Jazz Practice App”

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1:30pm-2:30pm
Random Roots is a new app for iPhone & iPad that trains musicians to execute musical ideas in multiple keys… and in the process forces them to internalize music at a deep level. It is made for beginning through professional level players, and includes features for teachers and their students. It is specifically designed to help you increase your ability to play musical ideas that you hear in your head. In this workshop app’s author, saxophonist & educator Anton Schwartz, will demonstrate the app, discuss the educational principles it embodies, and answer questions from an insider’s perspective.
Workshop registration (free of charge) is required.

Oct 25 Thursday
The Sound Room - Oakland, CA

Mason Razavi Organ Quartet feat. Anton Schwartz

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Mason Razavi (guitar) • Anton Schwartz (sax) • Brian Ho (organ) • Jason Lewis (drums)

Oct 26 Friday
The Impulse Room - Walnut Creek, CA

Mason Razavi Organ Quartet feat. Anton Schwartz

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Mason Razavi (guitar) • Anton Schwartz (sax) • Brian Ho (organ) • Jason Lewis (drums)

Oct 27 Saturday
Black Cat - San Francisco, CA

Mason Razavi Organ Quartet feat. Anton Schwartz

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Mason Razavi (guitar) • Anton Schwartz (sax) • Brian Ho (organ) • Jason Lewis (drums)

Oct 29 Monday
Rhythm & Rye - Olympia, WA

Anton Schwartz Sextet

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Anton Schwartz (sax) • Jared Hall (trumpet) • Dan Marcus (trombone) • Tony Foster (piano) • Michael Glynn (bass) • Julian MacDonough (drums)

Nov 4 Sunday
First Sundays Concert - Bainbridge Island, WA

Anton Schwartz Sextet

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Anton Schwartz (sax) • Jared Hall (trumpet) • David Marriott (trombone) • Tony Foster (piano) • Michael Glynn (bass) • Julian MacDonough (drums)
4pm-6pm.

Nov 6 Tuesday
KNKX Studio Session 88.5 FM - Seattle, WA

Anton Schwartz Sextet

In-Studio Performance and Broadcast

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Anton Schwartz (sax) • Jared Hall (trumpet) • Dan Marcus (trombone) • Tony Foster (piano) • Michael Glynn (bass) • Julian MacDonough (drums).
Streaming at knkx.org.

Nov 7 Wednesday
TBA - Bellingham, WA

Anton Schwartz Sextet

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  • All Ages Welcome
  • Venue web site: TBA.

Anton Schwartz (sax) • Jared Hall (trumpet) • Dan Marcus (trombone) • Tony Foster (piano) • Michael Glynn (bass) • Julian MacDonough (drums)

Nov 8 Thursday
Tula’s - Seattle, WA

Anton Schwartz Sextet

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  • Time: 7:30pm
  • Price: $18
  • All Ages Welcome
  • Address/Map: 2214 2nd Ave
  • Phone: 206 443-4221
  • Venue web site: Tula’s.

Anton Schwartz (sax) • Jared Hall (trumpet) • Dan Marcus (trombone) • Tony Foster (piano) • Michael Glynn (bass) • Julian MacDonough (drums)
All ages welcome until 10pm. 21+ thereafter.
Cover charge: $18.

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

Clinic

“Ear Training for Songs”

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3:15pm-5:15pm
Listen to enough jazz standards and you’ll start to recognize the same recurring building blocks that comprise the bulk of their chord changes. Familiarity with them can make learning songs much easier, and be invaluable in composing. In this workshop the instructor will present a number of harmonic devices found in songs, and work with the students on identifying them by ear.
Prerequisites: working knowledge of music theory and jazz harmony.

Nov 11 Sunday
California Jazz Conservatory - Berkeley, CA

Clinic

“Jazz Scales”

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11am-2pm
The number of scales you’re expected to know as a jazz musician can feel overwhelming. This workshop gives the big picture view of how scales interrelate, and how you can think of them as an organized palette, not just a long list to be memorized. We’ll discuss pentatonics, modes of the major and melodic minor, the diminished scale, bebop scales, blues scales… exploring them with regard to constructing lines, brightness/darkness, functional harmony and more.
Prerequisites: Knowledge of seventh chords (major, minor, dominant, diminished) and major & minor scales.

Nov 11 Sunday
California Jazz Conservatory - Berkeley, CA

Clinic (FREE)

“Random Roots: A New Jazz Practice App”

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2:30pm-3:30pm
Random Roots is a new app for iPhone & iPad that trains musicians to execute musical ideas in multiple keys… and in the process forces them to internalize music at a deep level. It is made for beginning through professional level players, and includes features for teachers and their students. It is specifically designed to help you increase your ability to play musical ideas that you hear in your head. In this workshop app’s author, saxophonist & educator Anton Schwartz, will demonstrate the app, discuss the educational principles it embodies, and answer questions from an insider’s perspective.
Workshop registration (free of charge) required at cjc.edu.

Nov 28 Wednesday
Red Poppy Art House - San Francisco, CA

Anton Schwartz / Josh Nelson duo

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Anton Schwartz (sax) • Josh Nelson (piano)

Nov 29 Thursday
Angelicas - Redwood City, CA

Anton Schwartz / Josh Nelson duo

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  • Time: 7:30pm
  • Price: $18 /$24 /$30
  • All Ages Welcome
  • Address/Map: 863 Main Street
  • Phone: 650 365-3226
  • Venue web site: Angelicas.

Anton Schwartz (sax) • Josh Nelson (piano)

Nov 30 Friday
Cafe Pink House - Saratoga, CA

Anton Schwartz / Josh Nelson duo

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Anton Schwartz (sax) • Josh Nelson (piano) Two hourlong sets at 7:30 and 9pm. $18 (advance) • $21 (day-of)

Dec 2 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.

Jan2019 19 Saturday
Loft Concert - Seattle, WA

Ed Reed / Randy Porter / Anton Schwartz

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Ed Reed (vocal) • Anton Schwartz (sax) • Randy Porter (piano)

Tour: Teaching
Feb2019 2 Saturday
California Jazz Conservatory - Berkeley, CA

Clinic

“Practicing Better”

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3:15pm-5:15pm
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.

Feb2019 3 Sunday
California Jazz Conservatory - Berkeley, CA

Clinic

“Improvising with Pentatonics”

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11am-2pm
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.

Feb2019 3 Sunday
Piedmont Piano Company - Oakland, CA

Ed Reed Quintet

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Ed Reed (vocal) • Anton Schwartz (sax) • Adam Shulman (piano) • John Wiitala (bass) • Lorca Hart (drums). 4pm-6pm.

Feb2019 23 Saturday
San Jose Jazz WinterFest 2019 - San Jose, CA

Kenny Washington & Anton Schwartz

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7pm-8:30pm. Featuring Randy Porter (piano).

May2019 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)

Sep2019 18 Wednesday
Jazz at the Center - Camano Island, WA

Anton Schwartz

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7pm-9:15pm

Oct2019 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