Anton Schwartz (born July 16, 1967) is a Jewish American jazz saxophonist and composer.


Anton Schwartz was born and raised in New York City, the son of Tony Schwartz, the audio documentarian and media theorist, and Reenah Lurie Schwartz. He attended the The Dalton School, during which time he studied jazz privately with Warne Marsh and Eddie Daniels,[1] and studied advanced mathematics at New York University and Columbia University. He earned his Bachelor's, Phi Beta Kappa, in Mathematics and Philosophy at Harvard University in 1989,[2] whereupon he entered the Doctoral program in Computer Science at Stanford University on a National Science Foundation Fellowship.[3] There he pursued research in artificial Intelligence, specializing in reinforcement learning.[4] He left the program to become a full-time musician, but not before earning a Master of Science degree along the way.

He has released four CDs as a leader, on his own Antonjazz label.[5] They have garnered strong national radio play and reviews.[6][7][8][9][10] His most recent, Radiant Blue, features Peter Bernstein on guitar and Taylor Eigsti on piano and landed Top Five on the U.S. jazz radio charts.[11]

Schwartz performs periodically at Yoshi's. One such performance was broadcast nationally in the U.S. as an hourlong episode of NPR's JazzSet.[12]

Schwartz is a faculty member of The Jazzschool in Berkeley, California[13] and The Stanford Jazz Workshop, and has been Artist-In-Residence at Harvard University[14] and The Brubeck Institute.[15][16]

He is currently a resident of Oakland, California.


  • When Music Calls (1998, Antonjazz)
  • The Slow Lane (2000, Antonjazz)
  • Holiday Time (2004, Antonjazz)
  • Radiant Blue (2006, Antonjazz)


  1. "Anton Schwartz: Interview by Jazz Improv". Jazz Improv Magazine 7 (2): pp. 129–130. Spring 2007. 
  2. "Harvard College Phi Beta Kappa Members". Retrieved 2009-01-20. 
  3. Gilbert, Andrew (2006-10-08). "Anton Catches On". San Francisco Chronicle. 
  4. Schwartz, Anton (1993). "A reinforcement learning method for maximizing undiscounted rewards". Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Machine Learning. Morgan Kaufmann. pp. 298–305.. 
  5. "Anton Schwartz Discography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-01-20. 
  6. Conrad, Thomas (November, 2006). "CD Reviews: Anton Schwartz, Radiant Blue". Jazz Times. 
  7. Kopp, Ed (Jan/Feb 2007). "Anton Schwartz, Radiant Blue". JAZZIZ. 
  8. Bedford, Winthrop (Winter, 2005). "Anton Schwartz, Holiday Time". Jazz Improv 5 (2): p. 294. 
  9. Astarita, Glenn (2000-03-01). "The Slow Lane, Anton Schwartz". All About Jazz. 
  10. Richardson, Derk (1998-11-25). "Anton Schwartz, When Music Calls". San Francisco Bay Guardian 33 (8). 
  11. "Jazz Album Chart" (pdf). Jazzweek. 2006-10-05. Retrieved 2009-01-01. 
  12. "NPR's JazzSet: Anton Schwartz Quintet". 2006. Retrieved 2009-01-20. 
  13. "Jazzschool Faculty". Jazzschool. Retrieved 2009-01-20. 
  14. "Harvard Alums Return to Celebrate 30 Years of Making Music". Office for the Arts at Harvard. 2002-03-02. Retrieved 2009-01-20. 
  15. "Brubeck Fellowship Program". University of the Pacific. Retrieved 2009-01-20. 
  16. "Brubeck Summer Jazz Colony". University of the Pacific. Retrieved 2009-01-20. 

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