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Reg Schwager is one of Canada’s leading jazz guitarists. His reputation has led to him performing with internationally acclaimed jazz artists such as Mel Tormé, Pepper Adams, Hank Jones, Junior Mance, Jimmy McGriff and Zoot Sims, and such celebrated Canadian jazz musicians as Diana Krall, Rob McConnell, Peter Appleyard, Oliver Jones, Dave Young and Don Thompson. Recent highlights include television, concert and club performances in the US, Japan and the Bahamas with master jazz pianist George Shearing.

As described in the Halifax Chronicle “Schwager has managed to become the hottest of rising Canadian musicians…Schwager’s solos sprout like vines in the jungle, tangled and tough, and winding through everything. His fluency and jazz literacy are encyclopedic. And his tasteful elaborations of the changes seem to end all too soon.”

Reg has been active in establishing the RANT studio, and this has resulted in the release of two recordings of the Reg Schwager Trio, “Never Swim Alone” RANT 9101 and “Know Your Zones” RANT 9108. In these he performs his own powerful originals as well as re-interpreting bebop classics. His group has appeared across Canada in clubs and at jazz festivals from Halifax to Vancouver as well as in Europe, and has recorded “Resonance” for the Justintime label. Newly released is his compact disc entitled “Border Town” RANT 9724.

Reg composes jazz songs and has written and recorded arrangements for these with the Dave McMurdo Orchestra. He was awarded an honorable mention in the ASCAP/IAJE Dizzy Gillespie Commissions in the category of Emerging Jazz Composer.

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Album Old Flames Never Die by Peter Campbell

Old Flames Never Die

Self Produced
2020

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Album Undertones by Al Muirhead

Undertones

Chronograph Records
2018

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Album Pairings by Fawn Fritzen

Pairings

Self Produced
2016

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Reg Schwager
Old Flames Never Die

A Tune for Cal

A Tune for Cal

Reg Schwager
Undertones

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