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Schachter, Ben (Benjamin A.)

Schachter, Ben (Benjamin A.), saxophonist, composer; b. Camden, NJ, 7 October 1962.

Grew up in suburban Philadelphia.  Son of Sylvan "Woody" and Doris Schachter, both of Philadelphia.  His brothers are Josh and George, his sisters are Amelia and Judy, and his wife is Paula, none musicians.  As a youngster studied clarinet and saxophone with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra and jazz with Philly-area legend Larry McKenna.  Attended Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory studying with Joe Viola, Joe Allard, John LaPorta, Herb Pomeroy, George Russell, and many other fine artists/teachers. From 1981-84, he got his B.M. cum laude, Jazz Performance, Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA. From 1984-86, he got his M.M. cum laude, Jazz Composition, New England Conservatory, Boston, MA. He's done performances and recordings in Europe, Asia and the U.S. with notable jazz artists Sam Rivers, Gary Bartz, John Zorn, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Tim Hagans, Marc Ribot, Miroslav Vitous, Jack Walrath, Uri Caine, Gerald Veasley, Terell Stafford, George Garzone, Dick Oatts, Conrad Herwig, Jeff "Tain" Watts, and others. He's made jazz festival appearances in Istanbul, New York, Zurich, Paris, Moers, San Juan, Boston, Montreal, Amsterdam, Hannover, Philadelphia, Den Haag, Washington, Talinn, and more. He's the leader/primary composer if Trio of Many and Sung/Unsung, two progressive jazz ensembles. He's responsible for the establishment and maintenance of independent recording and publishing company (Ben-Jam Music), a BMI affiliate and a NorthCountry Distributors affiliate.

From 1986-88, Schachter taught at Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA, Instructor, Departments of Arranging and Woodwinds. From 1992- 99, he taught at Bucks County Community College, Newtown, PA, Instructor, Department of Music and Coordinator, Jazz Studies. Since 1994, he's taught at Temple University, Esther Boyer College of Music, Phila., PA, Instructor of Jazz Studies. In 2004, he started teaching at The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA. He's taught clinics and master classes at Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA.  Istanbul University (Turkey), Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ.  Boston University, MA.  Royal Conservatory of Den Haag (Netherlands), and Rotterdam Conservatory (Netherlands).

Recordings:
Fractals (1999); Trio of Many (2001); Inside, Looking Out (2003); The Missing Beloved (2003); Nothingman (2004)
As sideperson:
Your Neighborhood Saxophone Quartet: What's Gone (1987); Jamaaladeen Tacuma: Dreamscape (1995), Groove 2000 (1998),Groove a la Turca (1999); Jef Lee Johnson: Things Are Things (2002); Conrad Herwig: Land of Shadow (2003)

Bibliography:
Jazz Improv magazine, Vol.4 no.3 "Ben Schachter - The Missing  Beloved/Inside,Looking Out".   
Cadence magazine Vol. 27, no. 6 "Ben Schachter - Trio of Many".
Cadence Magazine, April 2003 "Ben Schachter - The Missing Beloved/Inside, Looking Out".
Philadelphia Arts Writers P.A.W. Print, Vol. 2, issue 3 "Alternative Variations: Schachter and Johnson Sound Their Jazz Improv at the Highwire Gallery's Monday Night Series".
JazzTimes, Vol. 33, #2  March 2003 "Hearsay/Ben Schachter"
AllAboutJazz (Philadelphia Edition) July-August, 2002 "Headliner/Strictly Local"
AllAboutJazz.com, March 2001 "Trio of Many/Ben Schachter"
The Philadelphia Inquirer/ Neighbors/Bucks County, June 25, 1995 "Tenor man puts county on the jazz map"
The Trenton Times,  April 10, 1992 "Bucks Saxophonist finding a place in the avant garde"

Awards:
As a composer he has been recognized by grants from the American Composers
Forum (2003) Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (2001, 2002) and Pew
Fellowships in the Arts (1999), Bucks County Community College Cultural
Incentive Grant (1994), and Meet The Composer (1992)..
Voted "Best Jazz Artist" in the Philadelphia CityPaper Music Awards (1999, 2002) and "Hottest Sax" in the Philadelphia CityPaper Editor's Choice Awards (2000).

Contact information:
Benjamin A. Schachter
123 White Oak Road
North Wales, PA 19454 USA
(215) 699-3604
sungunsung@yahoo.com

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