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Brian Swartz

Brian Swartz

Trumpet, Vocals, Composer, Arranger, Instructor

Austin, TX

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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 Former Members, 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. He is a founding member of the Los Angeles Jazz Collective, an organization formed to promote original jazz in Los Angeles and abroad.

Brian Swartz has released 5 CD’s as a leader. “To Be With You” (DistroKid 2020), “Portraiture” (Summit Records 2014), “Three” (Summit Records 2006), “Live at the Jazz Bakery” (Summit Records 2005) and “There’s Only Me” (Noir Records 2000). He has led groups in the Los Angeles area since 1996, including his Gnu Sextet and his big band, The Swartztestra. Whether as a powerful section player or as a nimble and inventive soloist, Brian Swartz has established himself as one of the most influential trumpeters on the West Coast. His skills as an adventurous arranger have led to commissions from professional big bands and colleges, as well as the position of staff arranger for the Luckman Jazz Orchestra, John Beasley’s Monk’estra and the ABC TV show, “Duets.”

Awards

Brian Swartz has performed on the following Grammy Nominated/Winning albums:

"Taking the Long Way"

The Dixie Chicks

Winner of 4 Grammys including Album of the Year 2007

"Hudson City Suite"

Scott Healy Tentet

Scott Healy - Grammy Nomination for best instrumental composition 2014.

"Artisty"

Kim Richmond Concert Jazz Orchestra

Kim Richmond - Grammy Nomination for best arrangement 2014.

"The L.A. Treasures Project"

The Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra

Grammy Nomination for best large jazz ensemble 2015.

"John Beasley Presents Monk'estra Vol. 1"

John Beasley's Monk'estra Big Band

Grammy Nomination for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album 2017

John Beasley - Grammy Nomination for Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella 2017

"John Beasley Presents Monk'estra Vol. 2"

John Beasley's Monk'estra Big Band

Grammy Nomination for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album 2018

John Beasley - Grammy Nomination for Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella 2018

"Monk'estra Plays John Beasley"

John Beasley's Monk'estra Big Band

Grammy Nomination for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album 2020

John Beasley - Grammy Nomination for Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella 2020

2009 John Lennon Songwriting Contest

Brian Swartz was the Grand Prize Winner - Jazz Category - Session II - "Down With Downs"


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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, www.criticaljazz.com Nov

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Primary Instrument

Trumpet

Location

Austin

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced

Credentials/Background

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 [email protected]

Clinic/Workshop Information

Brian Swartz is available for clinics and guest artist appearances with your band. Whether working with your small jazz combos or jazz big bands, Mr

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Albums

MONK'estra Plays John...

Mack Avenue Records
2020

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To Be With You

DistroKid
2020

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"Portraiture" Brian...

Summit Records
2014

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"Portraiture" Brian...

Summit Records
2014

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Summit Records
2014

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Three

Summit Records
2006

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