Anton Schwartz

Primary Instrument: Sax, tenor

Born: July 16, 1967    

Anton Schwartz

Jazz saxophonist Anton Schwartz has been drawing listeners in with the power, spirit and subtle complexity of his music since he bounded onto the San Francisco jazz scene in 1995. At 27, Anton was answering the call of his long- standing passion for jazz, stepping away from the high-level research in Artificial Intelligence he'd carried out at Harvard and Stanford. Quite a career change. Once in action as a musician, Anton quickly gained an enthusiastic following as music fans responded to what the San Francisco Chronicle recently called his “warm, generous tone, impeccably developed solos and infectious performance energy.”

In the years since, Anton has won over listeners and critics at high-profile jazz venues across the country, including the Blue Note (NYC), Jazz Alley (Seattle), Yoshi's (San Francisco), Blues Alley (DC), the Regattabar (Boston) and the Monterey Jazz Festival...
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“Tenor saxophonist Anton Schwartz is a guiding light of both the Bay Area and national jazz scenes… [He possesses] the commanding tone and boundless creativity of a masterful jazz artist.”

”Impressive and virtually impossible to resist.”
– Jeff Simon, Buffalo News

“A superior tenor-saxophonist from Northern California, Anton Schwartz has his own sound and a fresh conception of forward-looking hard bop… Schwartz has created a CD worthy of the best of 1960s Blue Note… there are several songs on [Flash Mob] that deserve to become future standards.”
– Scott Yanow, L.A. Jazz Scene

“Warm and intelligent playing... and a knack for composing memorable melodies”
San Jose Mercury News

“Soulful and precise, beefy-toned…”
– Paul de Barros, Seattle Times

“Schwartz and his bandmates play with openness and honesty, creating melodies that linger in the ear, the way great pop songs do…. [Schwartz and Farinacci] create a seamless and powerful front line…. There’s an irreverence and spirit of fun which shines through.”
– WBGO Radar

“Good saxophone players can make their instrument talk to you. Anton goes a step farther... his music communicates with your soul.”
— Ray Redmond, Jazz USA

“What a deep, guttural tone this guy has, full of flavor, inventive lines, just a wonderful sax player. All his lines contain the kind of complicated simplicity that makes the best music interesting and enjoyable... On [Radiant Blue] he is tender on the solos, funky and greasy on the tunes that are in the pocket, and he's always playing like he has a smile on his face.”
— Mark Ruffin, Listen Here!

“Talk to other players on the scene and they'll give you the skinny on Schwartz: He's one of the brightest lights in the jazz community. The saxophonist is an immensely talented performer, one who blows with real heart and soul, and his understanding of jazz is superb. He's also simply one of the nicest guys I've ever met.”
— Jim Harrington, Contra Costa Times

“Much like Chris Potter, Anton Schwartz is a nice and unassuming guy to talk to, yet both turn into modern day tenor titans as soon as they put the mouthpiece between their lips… There's a lot to like here with sharp arrangements and crisp straight ahead playing that seems to hit all the right notes.”
— Tad Hendrickson, JazzWeek

“You play the tenor sax like it's meant to be played!” — Illinois Jacquet, Jazz Saxophonist.

“Schwartz has built a strong Bay Area following on the basis of his warm, generous tone, impeccably developed solos and infectious performance energy.”
— Jerry Karp, San Francisco Chronicle

“Radiant Blue could make an excellent introduction to jazz for someone on the outside looking for a way in... because tenor saxophonist Anton Schwartz and his capable sidemen are deadly serious about their fun, there is enough musical substance here to make sure the jazz neophyte is exposed to the real thing.” ”As for Schwartz, he has a classic clear-throated tenor sound and kicks like a mule. His zeal to communicate is fervent yet sophisticated.”
— Thomas Conrad, Jazz Times

“Schwartz has clearly won the respect of his peers.”
New York Newsday

“Tenor saxophonist Anton Schwartz is a guiding light of both the Bay Area and national jazz scenes… [He possesses] the commanding tone and boundless creativity of a masterful jazz artist.”

“Schwartz plays with an appealing grace and sophistication that allows him to say very much with very little.”
— Marc Greilsamer, Jazz Editor,

“You'd expect a brainiac like Schwartz to make brainy jazz, and indeed he does. What surprises are the upbeat vibe, stong melodies, and unflagging sense of swing that he brings to this music.”
— Ed Kopp, JAZZIZ

“The music bins are full of bluesy jazz albums. [Radiant Blue] brims with optimism and intelligence.”
— Ed Kopp, JAZZIZ

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Primary Instrument:
Sax, tenor

Seattle, WA

Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students


"Anton is an exceptional player and inspirational teacher, not to mention a lot of fun! He is organized and prepared, and so well versed in so many aspects of jazz performance and education... What more could a student want in a teacher?!"
— Susan Muscarella, Director, The Jazzschool

"Anton is a superb teacher. He listens to my playing and singles out specific areas for me to focus on, which has improved my improvisation dramatically. He is engaging & enthusiastic..."
— Terrigal Burn, pianist

"I've really enjoyed your approach in the weekly workout sessions. Your teaching style strikes me as a rare combination of clarity, curiosity, creativity, and practicality."
— Michael Gold, saxophonist

Anton enjoys sharing his love of the music and the craft of jazz with aspiring musicians, both recreational and professional. He is a faculty member of the Jazzschool and the Stanford Jazz Workshop, and a clinician for the Brubeck Institute. He also teaches privately out of his own studio.

(To learn about Anton's credentials as a musician, visit here.)

Private Lessons Anton teaches lessons out of his studios in SEATTLE, Washington and OAKLAND, California. He works with intermediate and advanced students of diverse instruments who have an interest in some or all of the following:

  • • composing & improvizing melodies
  • • understanding jazz music theory and putting it to use
  • • expressing emotions powerfully through music
  • • playing by ear
  • • fluency in the many idioms of jazz, plus funk & blues
  • • [for saxophonists:] saxophone technique, including sound production, articulation, altissimo, inflections & effects.
  • • the physics of musical sound
  • • efficient practice methods for a busy lifestyle

Anton particularly loves working with musicians who have studied scales and chords but are frustrated in their efforts to use those devices to make great solos.
Lessons are normally 75 minutes long and cost $90.

More information.

Clinic/Workshop Information:
Anton Schwartz offers open-ended question-and-answer style masterclasses, and has designed and taught dozens of highly successful, focused workshops on a wide range of topics. He is highly organized, but often does not refer to any notes while lecturing. He enjoys fielding questions and demonstrating concepts on the piano and saxophone. [List of Anton Schwartz's Clinic offerings]

Selmer Super Balanced Action tenor sax (Serial number 50,9xx) Otto Link 7* mouthpiece (metal) Vandoren ZZ 3.5 reed

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