George Schuller (drums, composer, arranger, producer), a native of New York City, moved to Boston in 1967 where he was raised and educated, and later received a bachelor's degree in Jazz Performance at the New England Conservatory of Music in 1982. For the next twelve years, Schuller was a fixture on the Boston area jazz scene performing with Herb Pomeroy, Jaki Byard, Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, Mick Goodrick, John Lockwood, Ran Blake, Billy Pierce, Bruce Gertz, John LaPorta and Hal Crook. In 1984, he co-founded the twelve-piece ensemble Orange Then Blue which has recorded several acclaimed albums, including the most recent release: Hold The Elevator: Live in Europe and Other Haunts on GM Recordings. The group has toured extensively in the US, Canada, Middle East and Europe. Schuller has also released several albums as a leader including Lookin Up From Down Below (GM),Tenor Tantrums (New World Records), and Hellbent on Playscape Recordings, with the Schulldogs featuring Tim Berne, Tony Malaby and Ed Schuller.
In 1995 Schuller appeared on Joe Lovano's critically acclaimed album Rush Hour with compositions and arrangements by Gunther Schuller. It was voted "Album of the Year" by Down Beat magazine. Schuller has also performed with Joe Lovano and Gunther Schuller at Jazz at Lincoln Center (with artistic director Wynton Marsalis), and in Linz, Austria during a week-long festival of Gunther Schuller's compositional works. In addition, Schuller has performed and/or recorded with many of today's leading musicians including Joe Wilder, Britt Woodman, Mose Allison, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Lee Konitz, Nnenna Freelon, Danilo Perez, Joey Calderazzo, Kenny Werner, Bill DeArango, George Adams, Fred Hersch, Tom Varner, Mark Helias, Tony Malaby, Dave Douglas and The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra.
Schuller has found himself on the other side of the glass producing several albums including recordings by Orange Then Blue, Luciana Souza, Ed Schuller, Heather Bennett, Jazz Composers Alliance, Ballin' The Jack, Mili Bermejo and Lisa Thorson. His compositions and arrangements have been recorded by Ran Blake, Orange Then Blue, Ed Schuller, Mike Metheny, Ballin' The Jack, Your Neighborhood Sax Quartet, Wilder/Woodman/LaPorta Sextet, Mili Bermejo and Lisa Thorson. Festival appearances include Montreux/Detroit Jazz Festival, Ravinia Jazz Festival, Sedonna Jazz on the Rocks, Discover Jazz Festival, Northsea Jazz Festival, Festival of Music at Sandpoint, Boston Globe Jazz Festival, Lake George Jazz Weekend and major festivals in Montreal, Vancouver, Toronto, Guelph, Edmonton, Calgary, Ottawa, Rimouski and Saskatoon. He has received several composition awards including a Massachusetts Artist Foundation Fellowship for Music Composition (1987), NEA Composition Grant (1995) as well as The Julius Hemphill Composition Award (2000).
Schuller presently resides in Brooklyn (since 1994) where he freelances in the New York City area performing with Matt Darriau's Ballin' The Jack, Michael Musillami/Mario Pavone Quintet, Michael Musillami Trio, Mili Bermejo Octet, Lisa Thorson & Co., Free Range Rat, Conference Call, Trio Dharma and Miles Donahue Quintet in addition to leading his own groups including The Schulldogs, Circle Wide (formerly Chump Change), Jigsaw, and Orange Then Blue.
with Mark Feldman, Tony Malaby, Dave Ballou, Howard Johnson, Matt Darriau, Curtis Hasselbring, Ed Schuller
"...comfortably blends free improvisation, new music and a surprising sense of swing for a recording that succeeds on many fronts." - AAJ
"Schuller is a drummer who starts at the boundaries and then extends them. He can take the music through difficult and surprising changes with astonishing economy." — All About Jazz
"Schuller's charts provide fruitful frameworks for the improvising, with loose-limbed harmonic lines and purposeful rhythmic foundations underpinning free-wheeling melodic parts from the horns." — JazzReview (Great Britain)
"Schuller's compositions create an effective balance between form and freedom; his melodic sense is firmly rooted in the post-Ornette vocabulary, and his rhythmic conception is finely connected to the time/space continuum. As a drummer, Schuller propels, swings hard and has the rare ability to conjure form out of seeming chaos." — The Tuscon Weekly
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