Anton Schwartz

Anton S.

Bellevue, WA

Lesson Details


Levels Taught:
Intermediate, Advanced
I'm passionate about helping students, both professional and recreational, overcome their musical hurdles.

I particularly enjoy working with musicians who have studied scales and chords but are frustrated in their efforts to use them to make great music.

Other areas of focus:
• Improvising over chord changes
• Internalizing advanced harmony
• Fluency in the many idioms of jazz, funk & blues
• Phrasing
• Saxophone technique
• Efficient practicing for a busy lifestyle
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Anton delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 14+

Teaching since:

An expert educator with a welcoming, positive outlook and an irresistible passion for music, Anton is a longtime faculty member of the California Jazz Conservatory. He's been Artist in Residence at Harvard University and The Brubeck Institute, and a clinician & featured soloist for countless university & high school jazz programs. Anton has headlined major jazz clubs across the US and Canada and has five critically acclaimed CDs as a leader.

"Anton is an exceptional player & inspirational teacher… and a lot of FUN! He is organized & prepared, and so well versed in so many aspects of jazz performance & education… What more could a student want?!"
— Susan Muscarella, Director, California Jazz Conservatory

"Anton's the perfect blend: a top-flight saxophonist, an inspired composer and a professional with a keen sense of the music industry. His teaching combines these gifts into a unique presentation with sophistication, clarity & personality; before you know it you've got the keys in your pocket!"
— Joe Gilman, Musical Director, Brubeck Institute

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Artificial Intelligence
Sep 1989 - Jun 1994
Stanford University
Mathematics & Philosophy
Sep 1985 - May 1989
Harvard University


Northwest Acoustic Jazz Ensemble of the Year
Apr 2017
Earshot Jazz (Seattle)


Jazz Education Network
Jan 2015

JEN was formed in 2008 to help bring together the jazz arts community. It hosts an annual conference with concerts presented by students and professionals, a student jazz festival, workshops, research presentations and an exhibition area with manufacturers, retailers, schools and other jazz related organizations. JEN also offers many educational programs, from an outreach program, to mentoring and scholarships.

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Nov 1997

Broadcast Music Inc. was founded in 1939 by forward-thinkers who wanted to represent songwriters in emerging genres, like jazz, blues and country, and protect the public performances of their music. Operating on a non-profit-making basis, BMI is now the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and is still nurturing new talent and new music.

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Phi Beta Kappa
May 1989

The Phi Beta Kappa Society celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Its campus chapters invite for induction the most outstanding arts and sciences students at America’s leading colleges and universities. The Society sponsors activities to advance these studies — the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences — in higher education and in society at large.

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Photos & Videos

Anton Schwartz Quintet live with guest Terell Stafford (tpt).
Anton is soloist with the Boston Pops at Boston Symphony Hall. Guest conductor Alan Gilbert of the New York Philharmonic.

At Scullers Jazz Club, Boston.

Anton with Eric Reed at Jazz Alley, Seattle.

Anton's Oakland, California studio.

Anton's most recent CD spent 26 weeks on the Jazz Radio Charts.
"Impressive & virtually impossible to resist" -The Buffalo News


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