Jazz saxophonist has earned a national name for his smart and soulful compositions and improvisations. Over the past two decades Schwartz has performed at jazz’s most prestigious clubs and festivals, from Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Blue Note in New York City to Yoshi’s in Oakland and Boston’s Regattabar to Washington D.C.’s Blues Alley and the Monterey Jazz Festival. For this performance he enlarges his award-winning quintet to present a six-piece ensemble and a program of new compositions and arrangements. The members of his ensemble are huge talents in their own right, based in Los Angeles, San Jose, and San Francisco: Joel Behrman (trumpet), John Gove (trombone), Josh Nelson (piano), Jeff Denson (bass), Lorca Hart (drums) He has been a featured soloist with the Boston Pops and artist-in-residence at Harvard University and the Brubeck Institute, as well as a longtime faculty member at the California Jazz Conservatory. Each of his five CDs as a leader has drawn sterling reviews and strong airplay; his most recent release Flash Mob earned a four star DownBeat review and a long run on the jazz radio Top 10 chart. "Warm, generous tone, impeccably developed solos and infectious performance energy.” –San Francisco Chronicle.