The In-Sen Scale in Jazz

Sunday, March 5, 11 am - 1:30 pm

The In-Sen Scale in Jazz
Age Adult
Event Type Workshop
Department Theory and Improvisation
Day Sun
Instructor Anton Schwartz
Status online event


This Japanese pentatonic scale is perfectly suited to use over suspended-flat-9 dominant chords—but that’s just the beginning of its usefulness in jazz. Its unusual intervals make for a compelling, exotic sound, and its close connection to the melodic minor scale means that we can use it to great effect in myriad contexts, including altered dominant, half diminished, minor tonic and Lydian dominant. In this workshop we explore the theoretical foundation of the In-Sen scale as well as its sound and applications. Participants are encouraged to have their instruments available.

Prerequisite: Some familiarity with the modes of the melodic minor scale.

About Anton Schwartz

Jazz’s greatest improvisers create music that packs an emotional punch. It’s a lesson that tenor saxophonist Anton Schwartz learned well. Schwartz’s Quintet is Winner of 2016 Northwest Acoustic Jazz Ensemble of the Year. Their latest album, Flash Mob, spent eight weeks in jazz radio’s Top 10 and earned a four-star review in DownBeat magazine, reinforcing Schwartz’s reputation as a passionate but poised improviser and smart purveyor of captivating melodies. Schwartz has performed at jazz’s most prestigious clubs and festivals, including the Blue Note and Dizzy’s (NYC), Blues Alley (DC), Yoshi’s (Oakland), Jazz Alley (Seattle), and the Monterey Jazz Festival. He is a longtime faculty member of the California Jazz Conservatory and has taught extensively at the Stanford Jazz Workshop and the Brubeck Institute.