Jazz saxophonist Anton Schwartz has earned a national name for his big tone and his smart and soulful compositions and improvisations. Over the past two decades Schwartz has performed at jazz’s most prestigious clubs and festivals, from Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Blue Note in New York City to Yoshi’s in Oakland, Boston’s Regattabar, Washington D.C.’s Blues Alley and the Monterey Jazz Festival.
For this performance he enlarges his award-winning quintet to present a six-piece ensemble and a program of new compositions and arrangements. The members of his ensemble are huge talents in their own right, based in Los Angeles, San Jose, and San Francisco: Joel Behrman (trumpet), John Gove (trombone), Josh Nelson (piano), Jeff Denson (bass), Lorca Hart (drums).
He has been a featured soloist with the Boston Pops and artist-in-residence at Harvard University and the Brubeck Institute, as well as a longtime faculty member at the California Jazz Conservatory.