© 2011-24 Anton Schwartz

Private Parties

We went back to my parents' place after the party and listened to your CDs, and everybody has been asking me your name. Thanks again for making our party so awesome. — Ann, Corte Madera

Your playing at our wedding was exquisite. So many times during the reception, I heard your beautiful playing and just had to turn and listen. You exceeded our expectations and we had pretty high expectations, having heard your great music on your web site. — Suzanne & Mike, San Carlos

Everybody in the whole building must have come up to me and said how great you guys were! — Lisa, San Francisco

The music was incredible. It was exactly, exactly everything that we had hoped it would be. — Susie, Brooklyn NY

Anton and his cohort added the perfect musical atmosphere and contributed to the party's complete success! Our guests were both touched by their musical passion and impressed with their professionalism. — Jean, Hercules

What an amazing night! The music was exactly what we had hoped for. We feel so fortunate to have found you for our reception. We're now huge fans and can't wait to come to see you play somewhere soon! — Lisa & Mark, Atherton

Not only were you a pleasure to work with, but the quality of musicianship was outstanding. Many of our guests commented on how superb you were. We are very grateful to have crossed paths with you and wanted to let you know how much we both appreciate the positive energy that your trio added to our wedding day. — Jordan & Maggie, Corte Madera

You and your band played at our wedding four years ago, and people still talk to us about how great you were. — Alex & Katie, Redwood City

From the start, we knew that we had found the perfect musician. You were extremely attentive and thoughtful and made us feel so at ease with planning. And I cannot express to you how much we enjoyed your music at our wedding. You truly provided the perfect soundtrack to a perfect day. — Katy, Berkeley

Your choice of music was perfect. Everyone told us how much they enjoyed your performance and the special touch of elegance it gave to our wedding. Anton, I truly respect your artistry and professionalism but even more I have enjoyed meeting the fine and thoughtful person behind the horn. — Ken, Sonoma

People are still raving about how much they enjoyed your music. And you were all SO MUCH FUN! — Larry & Kristen, Mountain View

The music you provided at our wedding was spectacular. It set just the right tone for the event and helped create the feel we were hoping for. We were so thrilled to have top jazz club quality music rather than the usual wedding band fare. — Dan, San Francisco

I remember hearing your music drift up to the main lobby area where I was having my picture taken prior to the ceremony... things seemed so perfect—it just set the tone for the rest of the evening for me... thank you for helping to make our special day such a beautiful affair. — Bonnie & Satoshi, San Francisco

The processional and recessional recommendations were spot on, and you were able to capture the appropriate mood for the reception and dinner. You took a difficult task and performed beyond expectations. — James, San Francisco

We couldn't have been happier with you guys... That wedding was the most fun I've ever had.... Thanks for figuring out what I was asking for and delivering it. — David, San Francisco

Dinner parties… milestone anniversaries… wedding celebrations….
Hundreds of families have trusted us to provide the sound track to their most memorable occasions.

A few of the many fine venues where we have performed for events:
  • SF Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
  • Seattle Art Museum
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • San Francisco City Hall
  • Space Needle, Seattle
  • Portland Art Museum
  • Ahwahnee Hotel, Yosemite National Park
  • Ventana Inn, Big Sur
  • Venetian Resort Hotel, Las Vegas
  • Seattle Convention Center
  • Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
  • The Foundry, Seattle
  • Exploratorium, San Francisco
  • Nevada Museum of Art
  • Salesforce Tower, San Francisco
  • Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel
  • Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco
  • San Jose Museum of Art
  • Villa Montalvo, Saratoga, CA
  • Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco

... as well as countless fine wineries, inns, and private homes.

  • Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
  • AT&T Park, San Francisco
  • Auberge du Soleil, Napa Valley
  • Blackhawk Museum, Danville
  • California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, SF
  • Claremont Resort, Berkeley
  • Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento
  • Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco
  • Fairmont Hotel, San Jose
  • Farallon, San Francisco
  • Ferry Building, San Francisco
  • Thomas Fogarty Winery, Woodside
  • Four Seasons Luxury Hotel, San Francisco
  • Masonic Center Auditorium, San Francisco
  • Moscone Center, San Francisco
  • Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
  • Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco
  • Sir Francis Drake Hotel, San Francisco
  • Top Of The Mark, San Francisco
  • Villa Montalvo, Saratoga
  • W Hotel, San Francisco
  • Beaulieu Gardens, Rutherford
  • Brazilian Room, Tilden Park
  • Calistoga Ranch, Calistoga
  • Carmel Valley Ranch, Carmel
  • Carnelian Room, San Francisco
  • Clos Pegase Winery, Napa Valley
  • B.R. Cohn Winery, Glen Ellen
  • Clift Hotel, San Francisco
  • Faculty Club, Stanford University
  • Garden Court Hotel, Palo Alto
  • Greens Restuarant, San Francisco
  • Harvest Inn, St. Helena
  • Hyatt Regency, San Francisco
  • Marines' Memorial Club, San Francisco
  • Mandarin Oriental Hotel, San Francisco
  • Mirassou Winery, San Jose
  • Mountain Winery (Paul Masson), Saratoga
  • Nestldown, Los Gatos
  • Hotel Nikko, San Francisco
  • Ramekins Culinary School, Sonoma
  • Ralston Hall, Belmont
  • Rincon Center, San Francisco
  • Rodin Sculpture Garden, Stanford
  • Sacramento Convention Center
  • Saint Francis Yacht Club, San Francisco
  • Sainte Claire Hotel, San Jose
  • San Francisco Design Center
  • Sebastiani Winery, Sonoma
  • Sonoma Mission Inn, Sonoma
  • War Memorial Veterans Building, San Francisco
  • Wente Vineyards, Livermore
  • Chaminade, Santa Cruz
  • Cliff House, San Francisco
  • Corinthian Yacht Club, Tiburon
  • Decathlon Club, Santa Clara
  • Firehouse Restaurant, Sacramento
  • Foreign Cinema, San Francisco
  • Fort Mason Golden Gate Room, San Francisco
  • Limn Gallery, San Francisco
  • Mountain View Center for Performing Arts
  • Murrieta's Well Winery, Livermore
  • Presidio Interfaith Chapel, San Francisco
  • Rotunda at Neiman Marcus, San Francisco
  • San Benito House, Half Moon Bay
  • San Francisco Maritime Museum
  • San Jose Athletic Club
  • Savannah Chanel Vineyards, Saratoga
  • Trader Vic's, Palo Alto
  • Tsakopoulos Library Galleria, Sacramento
  • Wine & Roses, Lodi
  • Morcom Rose Garden, Oakland
  • Network Meeting Center (Techmart), Santa Clara
  • Oakland Museum of California
  • Sanborn Park, Saratoga
  • San Mateo Garden Center
  • Santa Clara Convention Center
  • The Terrace Room, Oakland
  • United Irish Cultural Center, San Francisco
  • The Van's, Belmont
  • Hotel Adagio, San Francisco
  • Argent Hotel, San Francisco
  • Byington Winery, Los Gatos
  • City Club of San Francisco, San Francisco
  • Costanoa, Pescadero
  • Highlands Inn, Carmel
  • Hotel Kabuki, San Francisco
  • Hotel Monaco, San Francisco
  • Mudd's Restaurant, San Ramon
  • Olympic Club, San Francisco
  • Omni Hotel, San Francisco
  • Pasatiempo, Santa Cruz
  • Passalacqua Winery, Healdsburg
  • Point Reyes Seashore Lodge
  • Quadrus Conference Center, Menlo Park
  • Saint Regis Hotel, San Francisco
  • San Francisco Film Center
  • Stanford Park Hotel, Palo Alto
  • Vintage Inn, Yountville
  • Adobe Lodge, Santa Clara
  • Angelica's Bistro, Redwood City
  • Atrium Restaurant, San Francisco
  • Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, Half Moon Bay
  • Bay Meadows, San Mateo
  • Bella Mia, San Jose
  • Bistro Boudin, San Francisco
  • Blackhawk Grille, Danville
  • Brick's, Reno NV
  • Cable Car Museum, San Francisco
  • Caddy's, Half Moon Bay
  • California Cafe, Los Gatos
  • California Cafe, Palo Alto
  • Caprice Restaurant, Tiburon
  • Cardinal Hotel, Palo Alto
  • Century Club, San Francisco
  • Cavallo Point, San Francisco
  • Chambers Landing, Homewood
  • Chateau La Cresta, Saratoga
  • Chateau Souverain, Geyserville
  • Children's Discovery Museum, San Jose
  • Christian Brothers Retreat, Napa
  • Compass Rose Gardens, Bodega Bay
  • Computer History Museum, Mountain View
  • Crocker Mansion, Hillsborough
  • Craneway Pavilion, Richmond
  • Cypress Hotel, Cupertino
  • David's Banquet Facility, Santa Clara
  • Depot Hotel, Sonoma
  • Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael
  • First Unitarian Church, Kensington
  • Flood Mansion, San Francisco
  • Foothill Park, Palo Alto
  • Fremont Hills Club, Los Altos Hills
  • Frisson Restaurant, San Francisco
  • Gaia Arts Center, Berkeley
  • Gamble Garden House, Palo Alto
  • Golden Gate Yacht Club, San Francisco
  • Grand Hyatt, San Francisco
  • Hans Fahden Winery, Calistoga
  • Hastings House, Half Moon Bay
  • Hayes Mansion, San Jose
  • Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center, Oakland
  • Hiller Aviation Museum, San Carlos
  • Hillsborough Racquet Club, Burlingame
  • Hilton San Francisco
  • Historic Hotel Woodland
  • Holbrook Palmer Park, Atherton
  • Hotel Healdsburg, Healdsburg
  • Hyatt Regency, Sacramento
  • Hyatt Regency, Santa Clara
  • Iberia Restaurant, Menlo Park
  • Jefferson Street Mansion, Benicia
  • John Muir National Historic Site, Martinez
  • JW Marriott Hotel, San Francisco
  • La Pastaia, San Jose
  • Lake Merritt Hotel, Oakland
  • Los Altos Golf & Country Club, Los Altos
  • Los Altos History Museum, Los Altos
  • Madrona Manor, Healdsberg
  • Mandarin Restaurant, San Francisco
  • Maison Du Lac, Los Gatos
  • San Francisco Marriott Hotel
  • Menlo Circus Club, Atherton
  • Mill Rose Inn, Half Moon Bay
  • Mill Valley Outdoor Art Club
  • Millennium Restaurant, San Francisco
  • Monte Rio Community Center, Monte Rio
  • Oceano Hotel, Half Moon Bay
  • Opera House, Los Gatos
  • Orinda Country Club, Orinda
  • Palace Hotel, San Francisco
  • Palmdale Estates, Fremont
  • Pan Pacific Hotel, San Francisco
  • Saint Mary's Cathedral, San Francisco
  • Saratoga Country Club
  • Saratoga Foothill Club
  • Sausalito Women's Club
  • Scott's Restaurant, Walnut Creek
  • Sequoia Lodge, Oakland
  • Sharon Heights Country Club, Menlo Park
  • Congregation Sherith Israel, San Francisco
  • Silicon Valley Capital Club, San Jose
  • South San Francisco Conference Center
  • Tech Museum of Innovation, San Jose
  • Twenty-Five Lusk, San Francisco
  • UC Botanical Garden, Berkeley
  • Universal Cafe, San Francisco
  • Viansa Winery, Sonoma
  • Village Pub, Woodside
  • Waterfront Restaurant, San Francisco
  • Westerbeke Ranch, Sonoma
  • Westin St. Francis, San Francisco
  • Zibibbo Restaurant, Palo Alto
  • Le Zinc, San Francisco

Hiring Us

What are your rates?

The main factors that determine our performance fee are duration, number of musicians and venue location. For a quote, or to discuss a potential event, please contact us.

How far do you travel?

We are based out of Seattle, Washington and San Francisco, California. Most of our work is in the pacific northwest, but we occasionally travel elsewhere to perform for clients. Venues further than an hour from San Francisco or Seattle incur a travel surcharge.

Do require a deposit? What is your cancellation policy?

We require a non-refundable deposit of one third to one half of the total amount in order to secure a date. We ask that you let us know as soon as possible if you suspect you may need to cancel an engagement. While we will make every effort to accommodate rescheduling, this is not always possible. Cancellations within two weeks of an event incur two-thirds of the total performance fee. Day-of cancellations incur the full charge. Please send deposit payments to:
Anton Schwartz
5252 37th Avenue SW
Seattle WA 98126.

Do you accept credit cards?

We are normally paid by check or cash. We are happy to accept credit cards as well, but we add a 3% fee to offset our additional cost.

When do you expect the final payment?

The balance must be paid by the day of the event, upon event completion. If this is not feasible, please let us know in advance so that we can make alternate arrangements.

Event Details

How do you/we decide what songs you’ll play?

We like to have the freedom to choose songs as we go, depending on the feeling we get from the event and your guests -- in terms of their energy level and how we see them respond to different sorts of music. We never begin an event with a predefined set list. That said, if you have any particular songs that you'd especially love to hear or styles that you prefer, we're happy to accommodate your wishes as much as possible.

Do you take requests?

We're happy to field requests on the fly. If an eccentric guest comes up and asks for something we think you might not want us to play, we'll ask them to OK it with you first.

Do you ever work with a vocalist?

Yes, we do. Some exceptional vocalists in particular whom we work with are Nicolas Bearde, Jackie Ryan, Jennifer Lee, Kenny Washington and Ed Reed.

Will you have a microphone for us to use?

If we are performing with a vocalist, or for a large number of people, we will have a microphone and sound system which you may use for announcements and toasts and the like. Otherwise, we generally do not use a central sound system, so if you need a microphone please let us know in advance - we can generally work something out. We can also arrange for a wireless microphone for an additional fee.

How much space do you require, to set up?

This depends on the number of musicians we're performing as. Some examples: A quartet of sax-keyboard-bass-drums would require approx. 8'x10'. A trio of sax-keyboard-bass might need just 5'x8'; A sax-keyboard duo 4'x6'. A sound system, when needed, will require a few more feet of width. Remember that you should also budget a bit of space in front of us where no people will be seated.

What are your electrical requirements?

In general, we need just a single grounded 110v (everyday, three-prong) outlet within 15 feet or so of where we'll be playing. If it's further away let us know and we'll bring the appropriate extension cords. We don't draw much power; 5 amps is more than enough, so any normal circuit will be fine.

When we use a full sound system, we again need only a single grounded outlet, but our power consumption may go up to 10amps. This is still fine for a normal circuit, as long as it is not shared by other high-consumption devices such as stage lighting or heating.

What if our event goes longer than we expect?

If you are unsure about how long the event will go, there are a couple ways to handle it. First, you can book us for a longer period of time to be safe. Alternatively, you can request that we be available for overtime. In that case, we'll ask you as our allotted time is coming to an end whether you'd like us to continue longer. The first way is simpler, and will be less expensive if you wind up using the extended time... but the second option may be preferable for you if you see overtime as an unlikely possibility you'd like to provide for.

It's very important to us that our guests be able to converse easily. Are you able to play quietly?

We are extremely sensitive to volume issues. Conversation is frequently an important part of the private events we play, and we make it a point to play as quietly as necessary to honor that fact. On several occasions we have performed in very close quarters for the boards of directors of Fortune 100 companies, while they converse.

How do you dress for your performances?

Our standard attire is all black: black shirt, slacks and shoes, with an optional black sportcoat. It is a classic look that we find understatedly stylish, and it suits our music. For black tie events, we are happy to wear tuxedo.

Our event is outdoors. Will you refund our money in the event of rain?

Virtually all of our outdoor performances have rain contingencies indoors or with tenting. We normally require full payment regardless of weather, but if you have a unique situation, we are happy to discuss it with you.

Our event site says that amplified music is prohibited. What does that mean for us?

More often than not, that means that the venue does not permit loud music. Since jazz is inherently an acoustic music, we do fine in such cases, despite the fact that we use some amplification.

In some cases, however, the site's request may be based on a local ordinance that forbids any electric amplification. That can be a bit stickier, though there may still be ways for us to work around it. Feel free to have your site coordinator call contact us at 510 654-3221 or through this website.

I like Anton Schwartz's CDs and I think they’d be nice as a gift for some of our guests. Can we buy the CDs at a discount?

Absolutely. All of Anton's CDs are very listenable, even to people who don't know much about jazz. We are able to extend the following prices to you for the CD's, individually or in combination - see below. By comparison, Amazon.com buys the CDs wholesale for $11 and sells them for $15-18.

5-14 CDs: $10 / $7*
15-59 CDs: $9 / $6.50*
60-119 CDs: $8 / $6*
120+ CDs: $7 / $5.50*
* The Holiday Time CD has additional special pricing - great for winter holiday events.

Event Timing & Breaks

Do you take breaks? How frequently?

Yes, we take a break every hour, for about fifteen minutes. So for a four hour performance that would be three breaks.

Can we have you coordinate one of your breaks with our (speech / toast / award ceremony...)?

By all means. We can be flexible about when to take our breaks, so long as we don't go for more than about 75 minutes without a break.

Are you able to provide recorded background music during your breaks?

In many situations, yes. For smaller events we often play acoustically, without a sound system; in those cases, many venues (restaurants, wineries, hotels) are already set up for background music. If yours is not, give a call or an email, and we may be able to find a solution.

When will you arrive to set up?

Generally we can be set up and good to go within fifteen minutes of our arrival. We allow more time than that simply to account for traffic and unforeseen circumstances; exactly when in advance we plan to arrive depends mostly on the the venue and the time of day (e.g. rush hour). When we use a central sound system we allow an extra hour for setting that up. If all that is more than you want to know, the bottom line is: if you want us to start at 7pm we'll be set up and ready to start playing at 7pm.

We'd like you to be all set up (x) hours before the event. Will that be a problem?

We are very good at setting up quietly and professionally, even when an event is already in progress. If the situation is such that we must be set up well in advance of our performance time, we charge a surcharge for the time we spend waiting.


Do you play music for wedding ceremonies? What sort of music?

Yes, we play cermony music in various formats ranging from a solo instrument (saxophone, guitar, or piano) to duos and trios. The most popular format is probably sax-guitar or sax-piano duo.

We often begin playing 20 or 30 minutes before the actual ceremony, to make the guests feel comfortable as they arrive and wait seated. (Not a bad thing to have going on, too, if there are any last minute delays!)

For processional music (while the bridal party walks down the isle), we can play the standard "Here Comes The Bride" (the Bridal Chorus from Wagner's Lohengrin) or any number of other pieces, classical or more contemporary. Some popular classical selections are: Air from Handel's Water Music, Air on a G String (Bach), "Ode to Joy" from Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, Pachelbel's Canon in D, Clarke's Trumpet Voluntary, Schubert's Ave Maria. A more jazz-oriented selection which we really like for the purpose is a Thad Jones composition. (Here are two versions of us performing it: a duo and a quartet.) Other jazz alternatives include In a Sentimental Mood, Skylark, Body & Soul, I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face...

For recessional music (after the ceremony, for the bride & groom to walk away to), we can play the traditional Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohn, or an alternate classical piece such as Beethoven's Ode to Joy -- or, many times it is appropriate to just play an upbeat jazz tune, marking the beginning of the reception phase of the wedding. Some nice choices for that include Our Love Is Here to Stay, If I Were a Bell, Get Happy, Anything Goes.... Occasionally we've ventured into non-jazz territory with tunes such as When I'm Sixty-Four, Happy Together, How Sweet It Is, Signed Sealed Delivered, and Linus and Lucy (the Peanuts theme).

Do you have any songs to recommend for a first dance?

A few ideas for FIRST DANCE songs (slow dance):

  • Body & Soul
  • As Time Goes By
  • In a Sentimental Mood
  • Polka Dots & Moonbeams
  • Stardust
  • When I Fall in Love
  • Misty
  • Moon River (waltz)

A few ideas for FIRST DANCE songs (more upbeat):

  • Our Love is Here to Stay
  • I've Never Been in Love Before
  • All of Me
  • Days of Wine and Roses
  • All the Things You Are
  • The Way You Look Tonight

How about songs for a father/daughter or mother/son dance?

  • What a Wonderful World
  • As Time Goes By
  • In a Sentimental Mood
  • Moon River (waltz)