Anton Schwartz has earned a national name for his big tone and his smart and soulful compositions and improvisations. Over the past two decades Anton has performed at jazz’s most prestigious clubs and festivals, from the Blue Note in New York City and Washington D.C.’s Blues Alley to Yoshi’s in Oakland and the Monterey Jazz Festival. His recent performances include a feature as soloist with the Boston Pops in Symphony Hall and two sold out shows at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Each of his five CDs as a leader has drawn sterling reviews and strong airplay; his most recent release Flash Mob earned a four star DownBeat review and a long run on the jazz radio Top 10 chart. Anton is a longtime faculty member of the California Jazz Conservatory and has taught extensively at the Stanford Jazz Workshop and the Brubeck Institute. “Warm, generous tone, impeccably developed solos and infectious performance energy.” –San Francisco Chronicle.
“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. I want to create music that conveys something intriguing- through the rhythm, the structure, the interplay of melody and harmony- and distill that down into something clear and beautiful.”