Los Angeles based trumpeter Brian Swartz releases “To Be With You,” his 5th jazz album as a leader the 1st to feature his vocals.
Los Angeles based trumpeter Brian Swartz is proud to announce the release of “To Be With You” on DistroKid Records, his 5th album as a leader and the 1st to feature his vocals. It includes 4 original songs, (To Be With You, I Could Fall In Love With Her, Who’s Bob? and Old Friends), 2 instrumentals (Jane’s Domain and Molly & Vern) and 7 jazz standards, all deftly arranged by Swartz for his fantastic quartet of Steve Cotter on guitar, Chris Colangelo on bass and Kendall Kay on drums. It also includes guest artists John Beasley on Fender Rhodes (Courtesy of Mack Avenue Records), Scott Healy on Hammond Digital B3 organ and tenor saxophonist Keith Fiddmont.
On “To Be With You,” Brian Swartz pays homage to the great tradition of trumpeter/vocalists such as Louis Armstrong, Chet Baker, Kenny Dorham, Clark Terry and Jack Sheldon, but with a singular style that is all his own. He has developed the ability to shift from being skilled improviser on the trumpet and flugelhorn to a lyrical, dynamic and visceral vocalist.
The journey of this album started in January of 2013 when Swartz was offered a 3 month weekly residency at the swanky rooftop restaurant, Perch, in Downtown Los Angeles. Swartz led his quartet every Tuesday night for over 7 years until the global pandemic dramatically halted the live music industry in March of 2020.
Swartz raised the funds for the initial recording session through an Indiegogo campaign and starting in August of 2018 meticulously worked on perfecting the sound of “To Be With You” until it’s completion in early 2020.
This more than 7 year journey has produced a recording of a jazz group that has played together extensively and sounds like A BAND and not just some guys thrown together for a recording project. “To Be With You” is a tour de force for Brian Swartz as he wears all of the hats as trumpeter, vocalist, composer, arranger and producer for this epic and appealing vocal jazz album.
Trumpeter Brian Swartz is a diverse musician with a wide range of influences. He has appeared on multiple Grammy nominated and winning recordings with artists including The Dixie Chicks’ “Taking the Long Way” which won 5 Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, Record of the Year, and Song of the Year in February 2007, John Beasley’s Monk’estra which garnered 4 Grammy Nominations in 2 years, The Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Scott Healy’s Tentet and Kim Richmond’s Concert Jazz Orchestra.
He has also performed or recorded with The Goo Goo Dolls, Michael Bublé, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Jennifer Nettles, Robin Thicke, Saint Motel, Patti Labelle, Natalie Cole, Dianne Reeves, Ivan Lins, Tom Harrell, Brad Mehldau, Rickie Lee Jones, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Azar Lawrence, Joe Henry, Keb’ Mo’, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Gerry Gibbs, Connie Han, Taylor Eigsti, Raya Yarbrough, The O’Jays, Bob Florence, The Luckman Jazz Orchestra, Francisco Aguabella, Jose Rizo’s Jazz on the Latin Side All Stars and many more. Since 2005, Swartz has proudly held the trumpet chair in Oingo Boingo Former Members. He is also a founding member of the Los Angeles Jazz Collective, a non-profit organization whose mission is the promotion of original jazz in Los Angeles and abroad.
Brian Swartz has released five jazz albums as a leader: “There’s Only Me” (Noir Records 2000), “Live at the Jazz Bakery” (Summit Records 2005), “Three” (Summit Records 2006) and “Portraiture” (Summit Records 2014), “To Be With You” (DistroKid 2020). As an arranger, he has served as staff arranger for The Luckman Jazz Orchestra, John Beasley’s Monk’estra, Oingo Boingo Former Members and the ABC TV show, “Duets”.
Born December 16, 1967, Brian is a second generation trumpeter. His father, CM Sgt Lawrence Swartz (1937-1992), was a 30 year trumpeter in the United States Air Force. Brian’s early exposure to music made a profound influence on him and he started playing trumpet at the age of ten in Bellevue, Nebraska. As a teenager, his family moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where he attended Armijo High School. He played all through his high school years and won many honors and accolades. He graduated from Armijo in 1986 and began his music education at Solano Community College. In 1988, he moved to Los Angeles to attend California State University at Northridge and the University of Southern California where he could further hone his craft.
For five years, Brian studied with trumpet guru Bobby Shew. Bobby inspired Brian’s passion for teaching and since 1997, Brian has maintained a very busy schedule of private students in the Los Angeles area. Brian also studied with John Coppola (SFO), Bill Bing (CSUN), John Thomas (USC) and LA studio legends Uan Rasey and Malcom McNab. Brian’s dedication to mastering his craft and continually building upon his knowledge has brought him to prominence in the global jazz scene.