Instrument: Sax, tenor
Born: July 16, 1967
“What I require for music to really captivate me,” Anton says, “is groove and intellect working in tandem. Music that gets into your bones, into your head and into your heart.”
From Louis Armstrong and Lester Young to Charlie Parker and John Coltrane, jazz’s greatest improvisers create music that carries an emotional wallop. It’s a lesson that tenor saxophonist Anton Schwartz learned well. Like the giants from whom he draws inspiration, Schwartz approaches jazz as a vehicle for reaching the heart and the head. At a time when many of his contemporaries seem to be making music more for their musical colleagues than a wider audience, Schwartz stands out as a player determined to communicate with his listeners. Tenor sax legend Illinois Jacquet summed up Schwartz’s artistry succinctly when he told him, “You play the tenor sax like it’s meant to be played.”
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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
own sound and a fresh conception of forward-looking hard bop…
created a CD worthy of the best of 1960s Blue Note… there are
[Flash Mob] that deserve to become future standards.”
– Scott Yanow, L.A
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 California Jazz
"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,