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Schuller, George (Alexander)

Schuller, George (Alexander), drums, composer, arranger, producer; b. New York City, 29 December 1958.

Schuller is a son of Gunther Schuller. The family moved to Boston in 1967 where George 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, Ran Blake, John Lockwood, Lisa Thorson, 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. The group has toured extensively in the US, Canada, Middle East and Europe including performances at the Berlin Jazz Festival and The 11th Music Meeting in Nijmegen, Holland (1995). Schuller released his first album as a leader in 1990. 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 recently 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. Mr. Schuller has also performed and/or recorded with many of today's leading musicians including Joe Wilder, Britt Woodman, Mose Allison, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Lee Konitz, Danilo Perez, Joey Calderazzo, Kenny Werner, Tom Harrell, Bill DeArango, George Adams, Fred Hersch, Harvie Swartz, Attila Zoller, and The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. Schuller has produced several albums including recordings by Orange Then Blue, Luciana Souza, Ed Schuller, Jazz Composers Alliance, Mili Bermejo, and Lisa Thorson. His compositions and arrangements have been recorded by Orange Then Blue, Ed Schuller, Mike Metheny, 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, Jazz But Jazz Festival in Munich, Festival of Music at Sandpoint, Boston Globe Jazz Festival, Lake George Jazz Weekend and festivals in Montreal, Vancouver, Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary, Ottawa, Rimouski and Saskatoon. In 1987, he received a Massachusetts Artist Foundation Fellowship for Music Composition as well as a 1995 NEA Composition Grant. 

Schuller presently resides in Brooklyn (since 1994) where he free-lances in the New York City area performing with The Tom Varner Trio, Matt Darriau's Ballin' The Jack, Tom Beckham Qt., in addition to leading his own groups including Schulldogs with George Garzone, Ruckus and Orange Then Blue. 

Selected recordings:
Lookin' Up From Down Below (with Joe Lovano) (1990);Orange Then Blue: Orange Then Blue (1987), Hwhere Were You (1989), Funkallero (1991), While You Were Out (with Dave Douglas) (1994);
As sideperson:
Gunther Schuller: Jumpin' in the Future (1989); Miles Donahue: Double Dribble (with Kenny Werner) (1993); Eugene Maslov: Autumn in New England  (1994); Lisa Thorson: From This Moment On  (1994); John LaPorta/Joe Wilder/Britt Woodman: Playing For Keeps  (1994); Joe Lovano: Rush Hour  (1995); Bill DeArango: Anything Went  (1996); Steve Kirby:  Point of Balance (1998); Tom Varner: The Window Up Above (1998)

Contact information:
George Schuller
424 Caton Ave. #1
Brooklyn, NY 11218
(718) 854-6727
odetobe@pipeline.com
www.changingtones.com/orngblue.html
www.pipeline.net/~odetobe (under construction)
www.GMRecordings.com

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