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Mar 6 Friday
The Pacific Room - Seattle, WA

Anton Schwartz Quartet

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8pm-10pm. Anton Schwartz (sax) • John Hansen (piano) • Michael Glynn (bass) • Julian MacDonough (drums)

Mar 27 Friday
Piedmont Piano Company - Oakland, CA

Ed Reed Quintet

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Ed Reed (vocal) • Anton Schwartz (sax) • Adam Shulman (piano) • John Wiitala (bass) • Akira Tana (drums).

Mar 30 Monday
Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley - Seattle, WA

Anton Schwartz Quartet

Sponsored by KNKX 88.5 FM

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Apr 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.

Tour: Teaching
Apr 26 Sunday
California Jazz Conservatory - Berkeley, CA

Clinic

“Jazz Piano Skills for Non-Pianists”

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11am-4pm (with optional 30 min break)

The piano is an invaluable tool for any jazz musician. This workshop focuses on things a non-pianst (or non-jazz pianist) can do to efficiently acquire skills that will be useful in their music. The goal is not to become a performing pianist; rather, it is to be able to use the piano to improve your ear, to help you learn songs, to demonstrate ideas to bandmates, and eventually to compose and arrange music. As a result, this workshop is very different from “beginning jazz piano”. Subjects will include: roles of the left and right hand, simple chord voicings with a pathway to more complexity, bass notes and bass lines, and the ranges of the piano most appropriate for different purposes.
Appropriate for jazz players with a minimum of piano knowledge or non-jazz pianists interested in jazz.
Prerequisite: Some familiarity with the piano, not necessarily jazz. Participants should be able to at least find individual notes.

May 2 Saturday
The Pacific Room - Seattle, WA

Anton Schwartz Quartet

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8pm-10pm. Anton Schwartz (sax) • John Hansen (piano) • Michael Glynn (bass) • Julian MacDonough (drums)

Tour: Teaching
May 17 Sunday
California Jazz Conservatory - Berkeley, CA

Clinic

“Diminished Harmony in Jazz”

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11am-1pm
Diminished scales are an essential part of the jazz harmony palette, but they have a number of unique properties that often leave them poorly understood and under-utilized by aspiring players. In this workshop we will explore the sonic qualities and harmonic functions of diminished scales and learn how to parlay an understanding of their sound and functionality into more meaningful improvisations. We will examine important jazz songs that use diminished harmony and discuss practical ways to approach them. This workshop is appropriate for students with little prior exposure to the subject, as well as students versed in diminished harmony who wish to deepen their understanding.
Prerequisite: an understanding of basic theory. Knowledge of diminished scales will be helpful.

May 17 Sunday
California Jazz Conservatory - Berkeley, CA

Clinic

“Improvising with Triad Pairs”

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2pm-4pm
A particular sound can be achieved by constructing musical phrases using a six-note scale and grouping the six notes into two triads. It’s a sound most closely associated with John Coltrane, and first discussed extensively by Walt Weiskopf. In this workshop we discuss this technique of triad pairs and how it departs from the pre-1960 jazz vocabulary. We explore its harmonic foundations and it various uses, and learn tips for integrating it into our improvisations.
Prerequisites: An understanding of chords and seven-note scales is required; familiarity with jazz harmony (altered, lydian, etc.) is recommended.

Jul 19 Sunday
Lafayette Summer Jazz Workshop - Lafayette, CA

Faculty

July 19-24

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Aug 28 Friday
Siren Song Winery - Chelan, WA

Anton Schwartz Quartet

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Anton Schwartz (sax) • John Hansen (piano) • Michael Glynn (bass) • Julian MacDonough (drums).
7-9pm.

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