Brian Swartz

Brian Swartz

Trumpet, Vocals, EVI, Composer, Arranger, Instructor

Los Angeles, CA

Jazz trumpeter Brian Swartz is a diverse musician with a wide range of influences. He has performed or recorded with Michael Bublé, The Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Patti Labelle, The Dixie Chicks, Johnny Vatos' Oingo Boingo Dance Party, Tom Harrell, Brad Mehldau, John Beasley’s Monk’estra, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Kim Richmond’s Concert Jazz Orchestra, Taylor Eigsti, Raya Yarbrough, The O’Jays, Bob Florence, Scott Healy’s Tentet, The Luckman Jazz Orchestra, Francisco Aguabella, Jose Rizo’s Jazz on the Latin Side All Stars and many more

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”His (Brian Swartz) playing is rich, probing, thoughtful and expressive; beautiful melodic lines, nearly flawless technique, and harmonically rich compositions...”

- Michael Hackett, ITG Journal Jan. 2016

”Swartz produces a warm relaxed tone reminiscent of Chet Baker and early Miles Davis.”

- Douglas Lockard, ITG Journal Mar. 2007

”Swartz has...superior technique and the ability to improvise creatively in wide range of settings.”

- Ken Dryden, All Music

“Adventurous, forward thinking yet firmly grounded we have Brian Swartz and The Gnu Sextet establishing their rightful place as one of the finer large ensembles working today.”

Brent Black, Nov

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Los Angeles, CA

Willing to teach



Brian Swartz has taught trumpet and improvisation in West Los Angeles since 1997. Lessons are for all levels and styles of playing and are one on one. Whether a resident of Los Angeles or just passing through you can email Brian Swartz directly for availability and rates at

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