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Nate Schwartz & His Jazz Orchestra - Debut Album!

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Nate Schwartz unites 23 of LA's best young instrumentalists in an orchestra that blends jazz, funk, latin jazz, neo-soul, and hip-hop.
Backers: 119
Average Pledge Per Backer: $85

Funded: $10,071 of $10,000
Dates: Aug 19th -> Sep 13th (25 days)
Project By: Nate Schwartz
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Latest News

WOOO! We Are 100% Funded!

September 12th - via: kickstarter.com
Hey all you incredible backers, pledgers, and supporters! This Saturday morning has been a great one for me -- this campaign is officially more than 100% funded! I owe each of you a tremendous thank-you for your support so early on in the process of... (Read More)

We're almost there - 48 hours left!

September 11th - via: kickstarter.com
Hey everyone! Just wanted to update you with our progress -- with 48 hours left, we are a mere $605 from our $10,000 goal! To each of you, from the bottom of my heart -- thank you for supporting me in this endeavor! I will not let you down. The music... (Read More)

6 Days to Go -- We are Over 81% Funded!!

September 7th - via: kickstarter.com
Greetings to all of our generous contributors! It is with great excitement that I inform you of the latest developments in our crowdfunding campaign to record an album for you all: With 6 days to go and 76% of the duration of our campaign elapsed, we... (Read More)

Ensemble Introductions, Day 13: Nick Valentini, Contributing Lyrics & Vocals!

September 5th - via: kickstarter.com
With 8 days to go and with 67.95% of our Kickstarter campaign completed, the final stretch is at hand... I can't thank you enough for your contributions. You are the reason we have come this far, and without your faith in me I would have a... (Read More)

Ensemble Introductions, Day 12: Logan Kane on Bass!

September 3rd - via: kickstarter.com
With 64% of our campaign elapsed and our project being 65.55% funded, I would say we're keeping ahead of the curve (thank you tremendously!). Bassist Logan Kane, at the ripe age of 19, is also keeping ahead of the curve -- he's leading and composing... (Read More)

Ensemble Introductions, Day 11: Juliane Gralle on Trombone!

September 2nd - via: kickstarter.com
The ball is rolling, and we are almost 63% funded with 10 days to go... Looks like we are in good shape! That means it's time to meet another of our incredible ensemble members... Today, we introduce our bass trombonist. This is a job so precise and... (Read More)

Ensemble Introductions, Day 10: Zach Ramacier on Trumpet!

September 1st - via: kickstarter.com
It's been a couple days since I last posted an entry in this 23-part series, but don't worry -- we'll get you all caught up on our exciting ensemble introductions! Today we introduce one of our featured soloists, who also happens to be one of my best... (Read More)

WE ARE 50% FUNDED! & VIDEO: Check out the album's title track, "Explorations - Op. 1" Feat. Marty the Martian

August 31st - via: kickstarter.com
Hey everyone! Today is an exciting morning. Thanks to all of your generosity and support, we've reached 50% of our funding goal in just under 50% of the duration of this Kickstarter campaign! If you like what you've been seeing, please share this... (Read More)

Ensemble Introductions, Day 9: Jonah Levine on Trombone!

August 29th - via: kickstarter.com
They say trombone is the instrument most similar to the human voice. Jonah Levine's sweet tone on his trombone is the equivalent of sitting down to watch a show on TV and realizing that Morgan Freeman is the narrator -- he's just that good. After... (Read More)

Ensemble Introductions, Day 8: Erik Hughes on Trombone!

August 29th - via: kickstarter.com
It is my distinct pleasure to introduce one of LA's most in-demand young trombonists, who also happens to be a fellow Northgate High School alumnus -- the inimitable Erik Hughes!While attending USC's Thornton School of Music, Erik wasted no time in... (Read More)

Ensemble Introductions, Day 7: Chad Willis on Lead Trumpet!

August 28th - via: kickstarter.com
Several wise bandleaders have told me that drums and lead trumpet are the backbone of a big band -- without incredible musicians in both roles, it's impossible to turn up the heat, even when necessary. The drummer in a big band typically plays the... (Read More)

Introducing the Artwork of Hugo Shiboski!

August 26th - via: kickstarter.com
His official introduction as an instrumentalist will come later in our campaign, but for those who were even marginally interested in purchasing a poster of concept art from the album, our incredible tenor saxophonist/EWI player Hugo Shiboski has... (Read More)

Ensemble Introductions, Day 6: Ben McPeek on Alto Sax!

August 25th - via: kickstarter.com
Another day, another ensemble member to introduce! Our 6th featured musician is Ben McPeek, who studies alto saxophone under Rob Lockhart at CSU Northridge. An active member of the young LA scene, Ben has performed at hot venues like the Catalina... (Read More)

Ensemble Introductions, Day 5: Ruben Mejia on Trombone!

August 23rd - via: kickstarter.com
 Welcome to part 5 of our 23-part Ensemble Introductions series!Today we welcome trombonist/composer/arranger/educator Ruben Mejia to the group. Ruben recently graduated from Cal State Northridge with a BM in Jazz Performance. He's been busy... (Read More)

Ensemble Introductions, Day 4: Miles McIntosh on Guitar!

August 23rd - via: kickstarter.com
Welcome to Day 4 of our 23-part series, Ensemble Introductions! Today we welcome guitarist Miles McIntosh to our little family. Miles grew up in Goleta, California, where he skateboarded frequently (he was a lucky guitarist and didn't permanently... (Read More)

Ensemble Introductions Day 3: Nicolo Scolieri on Flute!

August 22nd - via: kickstarter.com
It is a pleasure to introduce to you our 3rd featured ensemble member -- none other than accomplished flautist/guitarist/bassist/recording engineer/radio DJ Nicolo Scolieri. Nicolo and I first met while waiting to audition for UCLA's Herb Alpert... (Read More)

Ensemble Introductions Day 2: Chase Jackson on Vibes!

August 20th - via: kickstarter.com
The second of our 23 incredibly gifted musicians is none other than vibraphonist/bandleader/composer Chase Jackson. Since earning his two degrees in jazz composition and political science from Oberlin Conservatory and Oberlin College, respectively,... (Read More)

Ensemble Introductions Day 1: Devin Norris on Piano!

August 20th - via: kickstarter.com
The first of our 23 featured musicians is Devin Norris, one of LA's rising star pianists. Devin attended UC Irvine, where he earned his BM in Jazz Piano/Composition. He currently serves as musical director and keyboardist for Ollie Gabriel, with... (Read More)

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