Brian Swartz was on his instrument at ten, inspired by his Dad - a 30 year trumpeter in the Air Force. He not only discovered his love for music early, but he learned to be adventurous in his exploration. The roster of artists that have shared his space via recording or performance tells the story. A PARTIAL list: Patti Labelle; Kelly Clarkson; the O'Jays; Oingo Bongo Former Members; Grammy nominated John Beasley and his Monk'estra - and Grammy winning (5 times for "Taking the Long Way") Dixie Chicks. Now The Chicks.
Brian has led groups in his adopted Los Angeles since 1996 - which includes his GNU Sextet and his big band: Swartztestra. He is considered one of the most influential trumpeters on the West Coast. And you know that aforementioned adventurous description? Because of his fearless approach, he has been recognized by colleges and professional ensembles - who have enabled his star to shine even more - earning commissions by creating music that sparkles. Our guest has been staff arranger for the Luckman Jazz Orchestra, for John Beasley's Monk-focused endeavors, and for the ABC TV show, "Duets."
"To Be With You" by the Brian Swartz Quartet is the first featuring Brian's throwback vocals. That's what riveted this host. Trumpet skills are MAD - but combined with that voice - it's as if we're floating back in time. Another beautifully cool reason to respect this multi-talented artist: he is a founding member of the Los Angeles Jazz Collective. This is a non-profit with a mission to promote original Jazz in his city and abroad.
The fabulous saxophonist, Azar Lawrence, said: "After playing with Miles, Freddie Hubbard and Woody Shaw - I know what the trumpet is supposed to sound like. Brian is a MONSTER." High praise. Well-deserved! Join us in a conversation with Brian Swartz on 8/11/20. The Chat Room will be open!