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Maria Schneider is an NEA Jazz Master

Maria Schneider’s music has been hailed by critics as “evocative, majestic, magical, heart-stoppingly gorgeous, and beyond categorization.” She and her orchestra became widely known starting in 1994 when they released their first recording, Evanescence. There, Schneider began to develop her personal way of writing for what would become her 18-member collective, made up of many of the finest musicians in jazz today, tailoring her compositions to distinctly highlight the uniquely creative voices of the group. The Maria Schneider Orchestra has performed at festivals and concert halls worldwide. She herself has received numerous commissions and guest-conducting invites, working with over 85 groups from over 30 countries. Schneider’s music blurs the lines between genres, making her long list of commissioners quite varied, stretching from Jazz at Lincoln Center, to The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, to collaborating with David Bowie. She is among a small few to have received GRAMMYS in multiple genres, have received the award in both jazz and classical categories, as well as for her work with David Bowie. Schneider and her orchestra have a distinguished recording career with twelve GRAMMY nominations and five GRAMMY awards. Unique funding of projects has become a hallmark for Schneider through the trend-setting company, ArtistShare. Her album, Concert in the Garden (2004) became historic as the first recording to win a GRAMMY with Internet-only sales, even more significantly, it blazed the "crowd-funding" trail as ArtistShare’s first release. She’s been awarded many honors by the Jazz Journalists Association and DOWNBEAT and JAZZTIMES Critics and Readers Polls. In 2012, her alma mater, the University of Minnesota, presented Schneider with an honorary doctorate, and in 2014, ASCAP awarded her their esteemed Concert Music Award. Schneider has become a strong voice for music advocacy and in 2014, testified before the US Congressional Subcommittee on Intellectual Property about digital rights. She has also appeared in CNN, and has been quoted in numerous publications for her views on Spotify, Pandora, digital rights and music piracy. Most recently, she and concerned colleagues in New York have launched a widespread campaign on behalf of music-makers, MusicAnswers.org. Her recent collaboration with her orchestra and David Bowie resulted in his single called, "Sue (Or In A Season of Crime),” and brought her a 2016 GRAMMY (Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals). Schneider and her orchestra also received a 2016 GRAMMY for their latest work, The Thompson Fields (Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album).


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Radio & Podcasts

Jotting Down Notes / The Arrangers: Part 2

Read "Jotting Down Notes / The Arrangers: Part 2" reviewed by Monk Rowe


Current arrangers including Oliver Nelson Jr., Steve Turre, Maria Schneider, Dave Rivello, and Lisa Parrott share their philosophies about music software, deadlines, and enabling other musicians to sound good. ...

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Maria Schneider Orchestra at Hill Auditorium

Read "Maria Schneider Orchestra at Hill Auditorium" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


Maria Schneider Orchestra Hill Auditorium 55th Performance of the 144th UMS Annual Season Ann Arbor, Michigan March 11, 2023 An independent thinker with a distinctive voice as a composer, Maria Schneider has been at the forefront of creative big band music for decades even as her recognition among casual jazz listeners might be underdeveloped. The 62-year-old Minnesota native seems to be heir apparent to the type of large ensemble writing that involves tailoring compositions ...

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Maria Schneider Orchestra at Herbst Theater

Read "Maria Schneider Orchestra at Herbst Theater" reviewed by Harry S. Pariser


Maria Schneider Orchestra Herbst Theater SFJAZZ Spring Season San Francisco, CA March 2, 2023 These days only a few touring jazz orchestras exist, and those that do stand apart.  Maria Schneider's 18-member ensemble, the Maria Schneider Orchestra Orchestra is one of these. The 59-year-old composer has an impressive résumé. She was raised in Windom, Minnesota, a tiny town with a river running through it. It was named after Senator Windom (1827-1891), who also ...

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Year in Review

Dan McClenaghan's Best Releases Of 2020

Read "Dan McClenaghan's Best Releases Of 2020" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


In a year that will be remembered for the coming of the COVID-19 pandemic, the music survived, thrived even, not on the bandstand playing for live audiences, but in the studio, socially distanced, in many cases collaborating from afar with swapped sound files. Musicians with time on their hands were especially inspired. These are the 2020 recordings that grabbed me the most, presented in the order in which they came through the door. Maria Schneider Orchestra Data ...

Radio & Podcasts

Maria Schneider, Joe Morris, Rick Cutler and More

Read "Maria Schneider, Joe Morris, Rick Cutler and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino


This week we open with music off the brilliant new album by Maria Schneider's Orchestra, Data Lords. Also featured are Petr Cancura, Micah Thomas, Ben Rosenblum and David Billingsley and we explore the connections between these emerging artists and masters like Bob Brookmeyer, Joe Morris and Rick Cutler. Enjoy the show! Playlist Maria Schneider Orchestra “Sputnik" Data Lords (ArtistShare) 00:00 Host talks 7:57 Bob Brookmeyer “It's So Peaceful in the Country" Essential Jazz Masters (Classics) 10:54 Petr Cancura ...

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Big Band Suites - Maria Schneider, Jim McNeely, Rufus Reid, Darcy James Argue, Brian Krock

Read "Big Band Suites - Maria Schneider, Jim McNeely, Rufus Reid, Darcy James Argue, Brian Krock" reviewed by Russell Perry


Duke Ellington envisioned long-form jazz compositions before the technology was created to support them. After being limited to around six minutes on two sides of a 78 RPM disc, the advent of the 12' Long-Playing record liberated Ellington and other jazz composers to conceive and record extended compositions. Several contemporary composers are continuing to explore the format with enthusiasm. Recent suites from Maria Schneider, Jim McNeely, Rufus Reid, Darcy James Argue and Brian Krock in this hour of Jazz at ...

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Album Review

Maria Schneider Orchestra: Data Lords

Read "Data Lords" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


C'è molto da dire sul nuovo album di Maria Schneider ma la prima e più importante considerazione riguarda la musica: sorprendente per ricchezza e novità di soluzioni, tensione narrativa e sintesi tra ricerca e tradizione. È uno dei suoi dischi più avvincenti e innovativi. L'incubazione del progetto è durata alcuni anni (il precedente The Thompson Fields è del 2015) e si lega alla presa di coscienza della bandleader sui pericoli connessi alla raccolta dei dati personali dalle società dell'universo digitale. ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Maria Schneider

Jazz Musician of the Day: Maria Schneider

Source: Michael Ricci

All About Jazz is celebrating Maria Schneider's birthday today!

Maria Schneider’s music has been hailed by critics as “evocative, majestic, magical, heart-stoppingly gorgeous, and beyond categorization.” She and her orchestra became widely known starting in 1994 when they released their first recording, Evanescence. There, Schneider began to develop her personal way of writing for what would become her 18-member collective, made up of many of the finest musicians in jazz today, tailoring her compositions to distinctly highlight the uniquely creative ...

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Performance / Tour

The Spring Season Brings Guest Artists and Premieres for Eastman Jazz

The Spring Season Brings Guest Artists and Premieres for Eastman Jazz

Source: Michael Ricci

Two of Eastman’s top jazz ensembles will kick off the Spring season with incredible performances, Eastman Jazz Lab Band and Eastman Jazz Workshop Ensemble perform March 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Kilbourn Hall. As the season continues there will be guest appearances by John Clayton, Carmen Bradford, Maria Schneider and more as well as world premieres of various works. Jazz fans can enjoy music year-round at Eastman, from the award-winning Eastman Jazz Ensemble to ensembles ranging from intimate chamber groups ...

Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Maria Schneider

Jazz Musician of the Day: Maria Schneider

Source: Michael Ricci

All About Jazz is celebrating Maria Schneider's birthday today!

Maria Schneider’s music has been hailed by critics as “evocative, majestic, magical, heart-stoppingly gorgeous, and beyond categorization.” She and her orchestra became widely known starting in 1994 when they released their first recording, Evanescence. There, Schneider began to develop her personal way of writing for what would become her 18-member collective, made up of many of the finest musicians in jazz today, tailoring her compositions to distinctly highlight the uniquely creative ...

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New Jersey Performing Arts Center Adds More Jazz Shows To 2021 Line-up Including Maria Schneider Orchestra, Buster Williams, Lillias White, And More

New Jersey Performing Arts Center Adds More Jazz Shows To 2021 Line-up Including Maria Schneider Orchestra, Buster Williams, Lillias White, And More

Source: AMT Public Relations

The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) is welcoming live, in-person jazz back to its stage throughout 2021 beginning with Grammy Award-winning vocalist Gregory Porter (September 24). The TD Jazz Series continues in the Fall with “Salsa Meets Jazz” (September 25), saxophonist Boney James (October 14), and vocal powerhouse duo Tierney Sutton and Ann Hampton Calloway (October 15). Celebrating its 10th anniversary is the annual TD James Moody Jazz Festival showcasing an all-star lineup of the country’s best musicians, held ...

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Award / Grant

New England Conservatory Alumni Win Grow Your Art Grants During Maria Schneider Residency

New England Conservatory Alumni Win Grow Your Art Grants  During Maria Schneider Residency

Source: Braithwaite & Katz Communications

New England Conservatory’s Entrepreneurial Musicianship team is proud to announce the winners of this year's Grow Your Art grants. Totaling $13,500 the grants have been awarded to NEC alumni Emily Eng, Darynn Dean, Rafael Natan, and Linda Numagami. They will support a microgrant program for Black, Latinx, and Native American music students; a series of concerts and film screenings around women in jazz; an accessible School of Arts and Social Justice; and a clarinet festival. Grow Your Art grants are ...

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Maria Schneider Works With New England Conservatory Students In Grow Your Art

Maria Schneider  Works With New England Conservatory Students In Grow Your Art

Source: Braithwaite & Katz Communications

New England Conservatory’s Jazz & Entrepreneurial Musicianship programs present Grow Your Art, a week-long music and business residency with groundbreaking multi- Grammy Award winning composer and bandleader Maria Schneider. The residency will include a pitch night, as well as masterclasses, workshops and panel discussions on the music business and entrepreneurship, culminating in a concert with the NEC Jazz Orchestra. Grow Your Art takes place Tuesday, March 2 through Thursday, March 4, with the pre-taped concert video broadcast on Wednesday, March ...

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Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Maria Schneider

Jazz Musician of the Day: Maria Schneider

Source: Michael Ricci

All About Jazz is celebrating Maria Schneider's birthday today!

Maria Schneider’s music has been hailed by critics as “evocative, majestic, magical, heart-stoppingly gorgeous, and beyond categorization.” She and her orchestra became widely known starting in 1994 when they released their first recording, Evanescence. There, Schneider began to develop her personal way of writing for what would become her 18-member collective, made up of many of the finest musicians in jazz today, tailoring her compositions to distinctly highlight the uniquely creative ...

Recording

Exploring conflicts between our digital and natural worlds – through music

Exploring conflicts between our digital and natural worlds – through music

Source: Ken Franckling's Jazz Notes

Composer, bandleader and NEA Jazz Master Maria Schneider’s creativity knows no bounds. Her stellar music, voiced by her longstanding Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra, has drawn on many influences and inspirations throughout her career. Some of her earliest intricate and colorful works were prompted by memories of imaginary monsters conjured up in her Minnesota childhood. A formidable string of recordings by her 18-piece big band start with 1994’s Evanescence (Enja), in part a tribute to her mentor, the late Gil Evans. ...

Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Maria Schneider

Jazz Musician of the Day: Maria Schneider

Source: Michael Ricci

All About Jazz is celebrating Maria Schneider's birthday today!

Maria Schneider’s music has been hailed by critics as “evocative, majestic, magical, heart-stoppingly gorgeous, and beyond categorization.” She and her orchestra became widely known starting in 1994 when they released their first recording, Evanescence. There, Schneider began to develop her personal way of writing for what would become her 18-member collective, made up of many of the finest musicians in jazz today... Read more.

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Celebrate the 2019 NEA Jazz Masters with the National Endowment for the Arts Free Tickets to the April 15 Tribute Concert Available Now!

Celebrate the 2019 NEA Jazz Masters with the National Endowment for the Arts  Free Tickets to the April 15 Tribute Concert Available Now!

Source: All About Jazz

The National Endowment for the Arts will honor the 2019 NEA Jazz Masters—recipients of the nation’s highest honor in jazz—at a series of free events this April, held in collaboration with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. These events—a concert with performances by stars of the jazz and music world, a listening party with in-depth conversations about the honorees’ lives and music, and a student master class with one of the 2019 Jazz Masters—will ...

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Data Lords

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2020

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Lembra De Mim

ArtistShare
2015

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The Thompson Fields

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2015

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Sky Blue

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2007

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Days of Wine and...

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2005

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