Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Schwartz, Anton (Lurie)
Schwartz, Anton (Lurie), saxophonist, composer; b. New York, NY, 16 July 1967. Father Tony Schwartz (b. 1923) was an audio folk-documentarian, recording sounds and music of the city of New York (see www.tonyschwartz.org) and later a media theorist and political media consultant/producer. Mother Reenah (b. 1933) and sister Kayla (b. 1962).
Schwartz began clarinet at age twelve and tenor saxophone at age fourteen, playing in high school bands taught by trombonist Ed Byrne. He studied privately with Paul Cohen (1981-82), Warne Marsh (1982-84) and Eddie Daniels (1983-85). During the summer of 1984 he attended the Eastman School of Music, where he played in a group with Peter Bernstein (guit), and Larry Goldings (pno). The three continued playing together through high school. Schwartz attended Harvard University, where he graduated with a bachelor's in Mathematics and Philosophy, magna cum laude and phi beta kappa, in 1989. He then moved to California to pursue a doctorate in Artificial Intelligence at Stanford University on a National Science Foundation fellowship (1989-92) and an IBM Fellowship (1992-94). There he conducted research, authored articles, and presented work at conferences. While at Harvard and Stanford, he maintained his music, playing first tenor saxophone in the Harvard Jazz Band under Thomas Everett (1985-88) and the Stanford Jazz Band under Bill Bell (1989-91), as well as in several college funk bands. He earned a Masters degree in Computer Science in 1993, but left academia in 1995, before completing his Ph.D. dissertation, to pursue music full time. Since 1995, Schwartz has led an active career as a saxophonist, composer, and educator. He runs a nationally distributed record label, Antonjazz, through which he released two of his own CD's. He has headlined many of the nation's prime jazz venues, including Yoshi's (Oakland), The Blue Note (NYC), Blues Alley (DC), Regattabar (Boston), Catalina's (LA), and the Monterey Jazz Festival.
Schwartz teaches jazz music and saxophone out of his Oakland studio, and is a faculty member of the Stanford Jazz Workshop (since 1994) and the Jazzschool (since 2001). In April, 2002, he was an artist in residence at Harvard University.
Recordings, broadcasts and films:
"Albino Alligator" soundtrack, Miramax films, directed by Kevin Spacey, music by Michael Brook (1996); When Music Calls (1998); The Slow Lane (2000); "The DNA Files" NPR radio series, music by Jesse Boggs; "All Things Considered" radio theme treatment, NPR (2001).; numerous radio interviews nationally; numerous live radio broadcast performances, including several on KCSM's "See's Sunday Night Suites with Bud Spangler" (San Francisco)
Articles about Anton:
"Jazz Blue Notes" by Steve Graybow, Billboard Magazine, March 18, 2000.
"The Jazz Condition" by Ken Franckling, United Press International, April 18, 2000.
"Digital Independence" by Jason Koransky, Down Beat, July 2000.
(Plus dozens of CD and concert reviews not listed here)
www.BehindTheBeat.net audio portrait (2000)
3240 Peralta St. #2
Oakland CA 94608-4130