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Anton Schwartz Quintet featuring Taylor Eigsti; Thursday, March 6, 2014

Anton Schwartz Quintet featuring Taylor Eigsti
Thursday, March 6
Kuumbwa Jazz Center

“… upbeat vibe, strong melodies, and unflagging sense of swing…” – Jazziz

Tenor saxophonist Anton Schwartz continues to refine his compositional skills. A succinct tunesmith with a flair for accessible melodies that twist and turn in surprising ways, Schwartz celebrates the release of his fifth album, Flash Mob. The CD debuted on the jazz radio charts today at #18 – a very auspicious start… and got a 4-star review in the March DownBeat. From a creative standpoint, Schwartz likes to radically change grooves and moods from song to song. As an instrumentalist, he is a lyrical player with a gift for melodic improvisation. He can change up from a New Orleans second line beat to a Monkish bop line, or to an Afro-Cuban groove, doing it all seamlessly, and with a genuine affinity for each genre. Schwartz’s riveting style balances equally between emotion, intellect, and intrigue.

Anton Schwartz grew up in New York City, heavily influenced and inspired by the hustle and bustle of America’s jazz mecca. His father was sound archivist Tony Schwartz, a respected media theorist and expert, who encouraged his son’s talent. While still in his teens, Anton studied with legendary saxophonist Warne Marsh and reedman Eddie Daniels. However, music was not his only interest. During his college years, Schwartz focused on math and philosophy. He relocated to California to pursue a Ph.D at Stanford University before leaving to pursue music full time.

Schwartz’s ‘do-it-yourself’ work ethic has served him well over the years, allowing him to push ahead where others might have grown discouraged. He started his own record label, Antonjazz, and released his debut album, When Music Calls, back in 1998. His critically-acclaimed 2006 release, Radiant Blue, was in the Top 5 on jazz radio playlists. And now, with Flash Mob, his fifth album, Schwartz is back with a robust sound and an intriguing mix of original compositions, and a couple of choice covers by Kenny Dorham and Thelonious Monk. Grammy award nominee and Menlo Park native Taylor Eigsti adds his phenomenal piano skills to the mix, along with bassist John Shifflett, drummer Lorca Hart, and trumpeter Tatum Greenblatt, As JazzTimes magazine writes: “… Anton Schwartz and his capable sidemen are deadly serious about their fun.”

Anton Schwartz Quintet featuring Taylor Eigsti

DATE: Thursday, March 6, 2014
VENUE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 7:00 PM
PRICE: $20/Adv $25/Door
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at: http://kuumbwajazz.org
MORE INFO: http://kuumbwajazz.org or 831-427-2227

Media contact:
Terri Hinte

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