Anton Schwartz

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.” — SFJAZZ

”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

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Primary Instrument

Sax, tenor

Location

Seattle, WA

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced students

Credentials/Background

"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 Conservatory

"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

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