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Schnitter, David (Bertram)

Schnitter, David (Bertram), saxophone, educator; b. Newark, NJ, 19 March 1948.

Schnitter attended Jersey City State where he got his BA Music Ed., 1970. From 1970-74, he was a substitute teacher in public schools, had private students and performed around the New York City area. From 1975-80, he performed and recorded with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers touring Europe, Japan, Brazil and the USA. He also recorded four albums as a leader on Muse records, and recorded more than thirty records as a sideman with various musicians such as Red Rodney, Richard "Groove" Holmes, Blakey, Charles Earland, Johnny Lytle and others.  He spent the years 1980-1982, performing and recording with Freddie Hubbard, touring U.S.A. and Europe, and also performing in major European festivals and clubs as a leader. He has recorded infrequently since 1982. From 1982-90, he resided in Spain, teaching in seminars and performing with notable musicians such as Johnny Griffin, Slide Hampton, Gary Bartz, Sal Nistico, Tete Montelieu and Bobby Hutcherson. Since 1991, he has done club and concert performances in New York area with the Mickey Bass Quartet and Jimmy Madison Quintet. He also participated in the 1996 Montreux Jazz festival. He's presently on the music faculty of the New School for Social Research.  He teaches Theory Performance class at the New School along with any saxophone students that may wish to study privately

(Unreleased album, 1998)
Glowing (1981) Muse 5222
Thundering (1978) Muse MR 5197
Goliath (1977) Muse MR-5153
Invitation (1976) Muse MR 5108
Jimmy Madison: 90 Degrees with 100% Humidity (1996)

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