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Ben Schachter

Ben Schachter is a powerful and original saxophonist and composer. As a leader, he has six recordings on his own label. He has performed and recorded in the U.S., Europe, and Asia with; Tim Hagans, Conrad Herwig, John Zorn, Gary Bartz, Dick Oatts, Sam Rivers, Dave Holland, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Terell Stafford, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Uri Caine, George Garzone, Marc Ribot, Mark Dresser, John Swana, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Charles Fambrough, James Genus, Jef Lee Johnson, Marvin "Smitty" Smith, Burhan Ocal, Jack Walrath, etc. As a composer, Ben has been recognized with grants from the American Composers Forum (2003), Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (2001 & 2005), and Pew Fellowships in the Arts (1999). A Philadelphia native, he has been cited in his hometown press as "Best Jazz Artist" and "Best Saxophonist". Holding Degrees from Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory, Ben has been a passionate educator for many years. He taught at Berklee from 1986-88, and at Bucks County Community College in Newtown, PA from 1991-96. In Philadelphia he taught at Temple University as an Assistant Professor in the school’s renowned Jazz Studies program from 1993 to 2010. He was an adjunct Assistant Professor of Music at The University of the Arts from 2004 to 2010. Ben has also been an active clinician for years, conducting clinics and masterclasses at numerous colleges, high schools and universities in the U.S. and Europe. In 2010, seeking a change of lifestyle and fulfilling a desire to live in an environment of natural beauty, Ben moved with his wife to Tucson, Arizona. In 2012, wishing to again live in a vibrant city, Ben and his wife moved to San Diego, California.


As a composer, Ben has been recognized with grants from the American Composers Forum (2003), Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (2001 & 2005), andPew Fellowships in the Arts (1999). Philadelphia CityPaper: "Best Jazz Artist"(1999) and "Hottest Saxophonist"(2001)


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"If the news hasn't reached you, then listen up! Philadelphia-based saxophonist Ben Schachter is one of the sharpest improvisers in modern jazz." AllAboutJazz

"...a new style of freedom and democracy." JazzTimes

"...beautifully arranged interludes offset by passages of boundless improvising...something special is happening here." JazzImprov

"...the power of...Dave Holland...or Steve Coleman...the authority of Joe Lovano..." Cadence

"...advanced harmonic capabilities and fluid, sure-fire rhythmic drive....a personal and present-tense sound." Philadelphia CityPaper

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Primary Instrument

Saxophone, tenor


San Diego

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced


Lessons with BEN SCHACHTER. An acclaimed jazz artist who has played around the world with many greats of the music, BEN SCHACHTER has also passionately taught at some of the best jazz studies colleges and universities. Ben’s former students include some of today’s most celebrated jazz musicians. Lessons with Ben are for any musician, on any instrument and at any level, who wishes to grow artistically and expressively. Study Saxophone, Improvisation, Composition, Arranging, Repertoire (learning tunes), Theory/Harmony/Analysis, Time/Rhythm/Meter, Performance Methodology, any or all of these topics combined into that which we call CONCEPT. Lessons are available in person at Ben’s home in San Diego, on-line via Skype, or anywhere in residency by arrangement. Contact: [email protected]. Visit www.sungunsung.com for more information.

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson


Ben-Jam Music



Ben-Jam Music


The Missing Beloved

Ben-Jam Music


Land of Shadow

Criss Cross


Trio of Many

Ben-Jam Music



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