Brian Swartz is a diverse musician. Trumpeter, composer, arranger and producer. His music also has a wide range, from jump swing to funky soul to heartfelt jazz. His band, The Gnu Sextet sprung out of the imagination of trumpeter Swartz in 2005 when the band began it’s regular Tuesday engagement as the house band at the weekly jam session at the Club 1160 in Hollywood, CA. Swartz sought just the right mix of players that had mastered their respective instruments but were pliable enough to make Swartz’s music their own. What they’ve come up with is a highly personal and intensely expressive style of performance. Since the band has played together since 2005, they have developed a palpable chemistry. In 2008, the band recorded a live DVD at Wave Street Studios in Monterey, California. Swartz’s composition “Down with Downs” was selected as the Grand Prize Winner for the Jazz Category in the 2009 John Lennon Songwriting Contest, Session 1.