In 1995, Anton Schwartz walked away from a high-powered academic career in Artificial Intelligence to play music full-time. Anton quickly gained an enthusiastic following as fans responded to what the San Francisco Chronicle called his “warm, generous tone, impeccably developed solos and infectious performance energy.” In the years since, Anton has won over listeners and critics at high-profile jazz venues across the country, including the Blue Note in New York, Yoshi’s in San Francisco, Washington D.C.’s Blues Alley and the Monterey Jazz Festival. He performed an entire concert of solo saxophone for the 2013 SFJAZZ Festival and at Boston Symphony Hall as a featured soloist with the Boston Pops (2014). His 2015 performances have included The United Nations, Jazz at Lincoln Center and Grace Cathedral.
His five CDs have earned sterling reviews and strong airplay. Radiant Blue landed at Number four on the American jazz radio charts; his 2014 release, Flash Mob, hit number six and was one of DownBeat Magazine’s “Best CDs of 2014.”
Billboard Magazine wrote of his 2000 release, The Slow Lane, “Schwartz savors the implications of each note, allowing the listener to delight in the endless melodies created by his stirring improvisations.” Anton’s first CD, When Music Calls (1998), inspired the San Francisco Bay Guardian to report, “Anton Schwartz has everything you want to hear in a modern jazz saxophonist.” Perhaps famed saxophonist Illinois Jacquet put things most succinctly when he told Anton, “You play the tenor sax like it’s meant to be played.”
Anton is also in great demand as a teacher. He is a longtime faculty member of the California Jazz Conservatory, a clinician at the Brubeck Institute, and has been Artist in Residence at Harvard University and the Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony. He also teaches privately and runs a highly trafficked jazz music blog at antonjazz.com/blog.