Monday, August 9, 2010
WINNER UPDATE: Brian Swartz performance at Hollywood Bowl
After starting his own group in 1996, recording a live album and a tribute to Chet Baker, and playing in some of Los Angeles’s best swing bands, Brian Swartz has secured a position as one of the most promising names in contemporary jazz. Swartz’s quintet has featured some of LA’s best jazz musicians such as saxophonists Keith Fiddmont, George Harper and Ben Clatworthy; pianists Brad Mehldau, Billy Childs, John Beasley, Bob Florence, Theo Saunders and Bill Cunliffe; bassists Jeff Littleton, Kevin Axt, Jeff D’Angelo and Darek Oles; and drummers Lorca Hart, Dick Weller and Aaron Serfaty. Along with regular performances, Swartz teaches private trumpet lessons to many young Los Angles trumpeters. Swartz’s jazz composition “Down with Downs” was chosen as a Grand Prize winner in Session 1 of the 2009 John Lennon Songwriting Contest.
On July 28th, Swartz had the pleasure of performing at the Hollywood Bowl with the Dave Douglas Big Band. Dave Douglas is one of today’s most influential and prolific jazz trumpet players/composers. The performance also featured bassist Dave Holland’s Big Band and the Count Basie Orchestra.