What is it about the playing of a great jazz saxophonist that makes it sound so fluid and professional? Tone, intonation, time and note choice are important, but they are not enough. In this workshop we observe and discuss many of the choices of note attack, emphasis, contour, duration and release that differentiate a master from an average player. Students will be critiqued and interactively guided by the instructor to overcome their individual obstacles.
Participation is encouraged but not required. To participate, please prepare this étude to play for critique: antonjazz.com/saxophone-etude. Those who find the étude too challenging are encouraged to play it at a slow tempo, or prepare an easier piece such as “Doxy” or “Tenor Madness.”
With home bases in both Seattle and Oakland, saxophonist Anton Schwartz has won critical acclaim for each of four albums released since 1998. He has performed across the country in major venues from the Monterey Jazz Festival to Yoshi’s, SFJAZZ, Blues Alley and the Blue Note in New York. Education is a key focus and Anton has taught at Harvard University, the Jazzschool, Stanford Jazz Workshop and the Brubeck Institute.