Brian Swartz

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Stomvi Trumpet Artist Brian D. Swartz Trumpet, EVI, Composer, Arranger, Instructor Los Angeles, CA

Born December 16, 1967, Brian is a second generation trumpeter. His father, CMSgt Lawrence Swartz (1937-1992), was a 30 year trumpeter in the United States Air Force. Brian's early exposure to music made a profound influence on him and he started playing trumpet at the age of ten. As a teenager, his family moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where he attended Armijo High School. He played all through his high school years and won many honors and accolades. He graduated from Armijo in 1986 and began his music education at Solano Community College. In 1988, he moved to Los Angeles to attend California State University at Northridge where he could further hone his craft. He also attended the University of Southern California. Brian started his own group in 1996 and has become an accomplished composer and arranger and he has performed at most of the major jazz venues in Los Angeles leading his own groups including; The Catalina Bar & Grill, The Jazz Bakery, Spazio, Steamer's Cafe, The Baked Potato, Lunaria, The Jazz Spot, Fais Do Do and King King. Brian's quintet has featured some of LA's top sideman such as saxophonists Keith Fiddmont, George Harper or Ben Clatworthy; pianists Brad Mehldau, Billy Childs, John Beasley, Bob Florence Theo Saunders or Bill Cunliffe; bassists Jeff Littleton, Kevin Axt, Jeff D'Angelo or Darek Oles; and drummers Lorca Hart, Dick Weller or Aaron Serfaty. In May, 2000, Brian completed his debut CD as a leader,”There's Only Me” , which was released worldwide on Noir Records. Recently, Brian hosted a series at Lunaria in Century City called “The Best of LA's Trumpets” which featured his quintet backing up many of LA's greatest jazz trumpeters. Brian's versatility as either a jazz soloist or a powerful section player has made him a much sought after sideman. He can be heard on recordings with Jane Getz, Dale Fielder, Todd Hunter, Joe Henry, the Buddy Childers Big Band, Red and the Red Hots, Rebecca Kyler Downs, Teddy Thompson, Dave Sherr's Artmusic Ensemble, Josh Nelson, Raya Yarbrough and numerous other TV and film studio dates. As a sideman, Brian has performed with Buddy Childers, Jack Sheldon's Big Band, Bob Florence's “Limited Edition,” Canadian “crooner” Michael Buble', Francisco Aguabella's Latin Jazz Sextet, Jane Getz, Todd Hunter, Buddy Montgomery, Carmen Lundy, Dale Fielder, Black/Note, Don Rickles, Phil Vieux, Bruce Lofgren's “After Burner,” Bobby White, Chuck Flores, The Jazz Spot Orchestra, Rebecca Kyler Downs, Bruce Eskovitz's Jazz Orchestra, Dina Deluxe, Sandra Booker and Raya Yarbrough. Since 1996, Brian has been a core member with the critically acclaimed Jazzantiqua, an ethnic dance company which performs extended works live with a jazz quintet. The company has performed to rave reviews at the L.A. Theater Center and at the John Anson Ford Amphitheater. For three years Brian was a regular member of one of LA's best swing bands, Red and the Red Hots, with whom he appeared on the “Donnie and Marie Show” and “Everybody Loves Raymond.” Brian also performed at the 1999 Playboy Jazz Festival with actor/pianist Jeff Goldblum's Miriam Schnitzer Orchestra. Brian played and acted as contractor for the Tom Harrell Big Band which performed music from Harrell's Grammy nominated CD “Time's Mirror” (RCA/Victor), at the Jazz Bakery in December of 1999. This band also performed at the 2000 Monterey Jazz Festival in September of 2000. More recently, Brian performed at the 2001 Playboy Jazz Festival in Pasadena with Bruce Lofgren's fusion orchestra, After Burner. In 2002, Brian formed “The Quorum” in which he explores his “fusion” roots. Brian uses this new group to feature his nimbleness on his Akai/Steiner EVI, a wind driven synthesizer based on, but not sounding or looking like the trumpet. He continues to compose for this group and it is a source of intense and powerful music. In 2003, Brian began working a new quartet featuring Bob Florence on piano. This group plays only standards but with a unique twist that only Brian Swartz and Bob Florence can provide. Brian has performed as a guest artist/clinician with Saugus H.S., Valencia H.S., the Los Angeles H.S. for the Arts, Santa Monica College, Occidental College and Cal State University at Northridge. He has also participated as a guest artist/clinician at the Pink Pop International Jazz Exchange which brings dozens of jazz students every other year from Germany to CSUN for a two week jazz camp. For five years, Brian studied with trumpet guru Bobby Shew. Bobby showed him the importance of passing down the tradition of trumpet playing and Brian maintains a very busy schedule of private students in the Los Angeles area. Brian has also studied with John Coppola (SFO), Bill Bing (CSUN), and LA studio legend Uan Rasey. Brian's dedication to mastering his craft and continually building upon his know

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