Beginning Improvisation: Blue Bossa with Anton Schwartz

Sunday, November 12, 11 am - 2 pm

Beginning Improvisation: Blue Bossa with Anton Schwartz
Age Adult
Event Type Workshop
Department Theory and Improvisation
Day Sun
Instructor Anton Schwartz
Status online event

“Blue Bossa” is one of the most frequently called beginner-level tunes at jam sessions, so it’s important for any developing jazz musician to know. Its simplicity also makes it an excellent vehicle for students who are new to chord changes or having trouble playing over them with ease. The instructor will present the tune in a way that makes it easy to internalize and give lots of practical advice about how to improvise over it. Students improvise (optional but encouraged) and are critiqued, with recommendations given for a direct path to improvement.

About Anton Schwartz

A passionate and expert educator, Anton Schwartz takes pride in helping musicians overcome their hurdles. Anton is a frequent clinician at the California Jazz Conservatory and the Brubeck Institute. He has been Artist in Residence at Harvard University and the Brubeck Summer Jazz Colony and has been a featured clinician and guest soloist for countless university and high school jazz programs and summer workshops. He is also the author of a popular blog about jazz theory and improvisation and the creator of Random Roots and ScaleMate, two groundbreaking apps to help jazz musicians internalize harmony.

As a 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 and Boston’s Regattabar to Washington D.C.’s Blues Alley and the Monterey Jazz Festival. He has been a featured soloist with the Boston Pops. Each of his five CDs as a leader has drawn sterling reviews and strong airplay; his most recent release Flash Mob earned a four-star DownBeat review and a long run in the Top 10 on the jazz radio chart.