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Anton Schwartz Quintet featuring Eric Reed and Dominick Farinacci

Tue, Mar 11 -
Wed, Mar 12, 2014

Doors open at 6:00 PM each night.
First sets begin at 7:30 PM, and second sets (when applicable) begin at 9:30 PM (doors: 9:15 PM).
$22.50 Free parking

The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley welcomes the Anton Schwartz Quintet featuring Eric Reed (piano), Dominick Farinacci (trumpet) John Shifflet (bass) and Lorca Hart (drums). Show times each night at 7:30pm, doors open at 5:30pm.

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Anton Schwartz and stellar quintet celebrate the release of their highly anticipated CD Flash Mob, which is currently #6 on the jazz radio charts and climbing.

Now based in Seattle, Jazz saxophonist Anton Schwartz has earned a national name for his big tone and his smart and soulful compositions and improvisations. Each of his five CDs has earned sterling reviews and strong airplay, with his recent Radiant Blue landing Top Five on the national jazz radio charts. His brand new release, "Flash Mob" earned a four star DownBeat review. The Buffalo News calls it “impressive and virtually impossible to resist.”

Schwartz earned his B.A., phi beta kappa, in Mathematics and Philosophy at Harvard. He pursued a Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence at Stanford University on a National Science Foundation fellowship, but stepped away from academia in 1995 to play music full time. Since then he has won over listeners and critics at high-profile jazz venues across the country, including the Blue Note (NYC), Yoshi’s ( San Francisco ), Blues Alley (DC), the Regattabar ( Boston ), and the Monterey Jazz Festival. He recently performed an hourlong concert of solo saxophone for the 2013 San Francisco Jazz Festival.

Award-winning pianist and composer Eric Scott Reed began playing the piano at age two and was performing in his father’s Baptist church in Philadelphia by age five. After study at Philadelphia's Settlement Music School and Los Angeles’ Colburn School of Arts, Reed embarked upon a professional career that has taken him all over the world. His credits include Wynton Marsalis, Jessye Norman, Quincy Jones, Patti Labelle and others. Reed has taught at The Juilliard School of Music and gives master classes and lecture demonstrations on the history of music. His other musical ventures include over 20 recordings as a leader, including his latest recording, The Dancing Monk; scoring for Eddie Murphy’s comedy, Life; and musical direction for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Currently Reed is in residence with the Ebony Repertory Theatre of Los Angeles, as musical director of Regina Taylor's Crowns.

Recently featured on ABC’s Good Morning America and at the Amy Winehouse Inspiration Awards, Dominick Farinacci has garnered critical acclaim around the globe. Upon the release of his U.S. debut CD, the great Quincy Jones stopped by the hip Los Angeles club Vibrato to check out a show by the now 30- year-old trumpeter and summed up the performance by saying, “This kid is 360 degrees!”, a reference to the cosmopolitan, culturally expansive range of American and world music influences Farinacci brings to his own music. Over the years, Farinacci has won numerous awards, including the International New Star Award (along with Diana Krall and Christian McBride) and Disney New Star Award. In January 2012, he was featured on an hour-long segment of NPR’s “Jazz Rising Stars.”

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