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George Schuller

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, Lisa Thorson, Billy Pierce, Bruce Gertz, Mili Bermejo, John LaPorta, Dominique Eade and Hal Crook.

In 1984, he co-founded the twelve-piece ensemble Orange Then Blue recording several acclaimed albums, including the 1999 release: Hold The Elevator: Live in Europe and Other Haunts on GM Recordings. Orange Then Blue toured extensively throughout the US, Canada, Middle East and Europe during the 90s.

Over the last two decades, Schuller has also released several albums as a leader including his first CD entitled Lookin Up From Down Below (GM), and two releases with the Schulldogs, Tenor Tantrums (New World) and Hellbent (Playscape). Schuller has also released three recordings with Circle Wide including Round'bout Now (Playscape) featuring Ingrid Jensen and Tom Beckham, Like Before, Somewhat After (Playscape) featuring Donny McCaslin and Dave Ambrosio, and more recently Listen Both Ways (Playscape) featuring Peter Apfelbaum and Brad Shepik. Schuller has also recently embarked on a series of piano trio recordings with Trio This That (GM) with Barney McAll, and George Schuller Trio Life's Little Dramas (Fresh Sound/New Talent) featuring Dan Tepfer and Jeremy Stratton.

Since 2004, Schuller has also released several different and wide-ranging recordings showcasing his diverse interests in many styles of improvisatory approaches including JigSaw (482 Music) featuring an all-star cast of New York improvisers (Tony Malaby, Mark Feldman, Dave Ballou), and the collective bands of Conference Call (482, Cleanfeed, Nottwo) and Free Range Rat (Cleanfeed).

In 1995 Schuller appeared on Joe Lovano's critically acclaimed album Rush Hour (Blue Note) with compositions and arrangements by Gunther Schuller. It was voted "Album of the Year" by Down Beat magazine. In addition, Schuller has performed and/or recorded with many of today's leading musicians including Lee Konitz, Mose Allison, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Nnenna Freelon, Ran Blake, Fred Hersch, Jerry Bergonzi, Armen Donelian, Cameron Brown, Burton Greene, Tom Varner, George Garzone, Mark Helias, Dave Douglas, Herb Robertson, Drew Gress, Peter Yarrow, Jimmy Greene, Liberty Ellman, J Geils, Kris Davis, Russ Johnson, Myra Melford, Roy Nathanson and The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra.

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"Schuller is a graceful, swinging drummer, always tasteful and capable of driving a band without overwhelming it."
—Chris Kelsey, JazzTimes

"Drummer George Schuller is a significant member of today’s progressive jazz scene. Whether performing as a sideman or leading his own projects, Schuller’s pen represents a potent and forward thinking mindset…"
—Glenn Astarita, JazzReview.com

"Schuller knows how to use composition to spur improvisation, and as a way to organize free blowing so that it never sounds arbitrary. What’s more, funky tunes like ‘Band Vote’ will keep you whistling after the CD is over."
—Jon Garelick, Boston Phoenix

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Listen Both Ways

Playscape Recordings
2012

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Like Before, Somewhat...

Playscape Recordings
2008

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Jigsaw

482 Music
2004

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Round 'Bout Now

Playscape Recordings
2004

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'Round 'Bout Now

Playscape Recordings
2004

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Round 'Bout Now

JJ-Tracks
2003

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