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David Schnitter


David Schnitter is an American jazz tenor saxophonist.

Schnitter played clarinet as a youth and switched to tenor sax at age 15. After moving to New York City he played with Ted Dunbar and then became a member of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers from 1974 to 1979. He played with Freddie Hubbard from 1979 to 1981 and also worked with Frank Foster, Charles Earland, and Groove Holmes. He recorded for Muse Records from 1976 to 1981. Schnitter has been currently performing regularly at Smalls Jazz Club and Fat Cat in Manhattan, as well as touring in Europe. He has been on faculty at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music since 1994.


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Take Five with Tal Klein

Read "Take Five with Tal Klein" reviewed by Tal Klein

Meet Tal Klein Israeli composer, pianist and organist Tal Klein started playing music when he was six years old. He was introduced to jazz at 14. He studied at the music department of the Katsanellson high school in Kfar Saba. During that time Klein was already playing gigs as a professional musician and at 17, placed ...


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Big Jazz on SmallsLIVE

Read "Big Jazz on SmallsLIVE" reviewed by Bob Kenselaar

Since its launch in 2010, the SmallsLIVE record label has been offering a substantial sampling of the outstanding jazz talent consistently featured at Smalls Jazz Club in New York City's Greenwich Village. Musicians who appear on the label range from the great veterans Harold Mabern and Jimmy Cobb to contemporary players at the top of their ...

Song of the Day


Label: Smalls Live
Released: 0
Duration: 4:59


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Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: The Sesjun Radio Shows

Read "The Sesjun Radio Shows" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The old and irksome “but is it jazz" argument has probably never been brought into play when it comes to drummer/bandleader Art Blakey (1919-1990) and his ever-changing line-up of Jazz Messengers. The music Blakey and his usually young players made was most certainly jazz, of the hard bop, hard-charging variety--brash and brightly hued, and joyously swinging. ...


Article: Live From New York

December 2009

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Jesse Stacken and Kurt KnuffkeCornelia Street CafeNew York, NY November 8, 2009When pianist Jesse Stacken and trumpeter Kirk Knuffke played Cornelia Street Café (Nov. 8th) to celebrate their SteepleChase duo release Mockingbird, they surveyed not only Monk and Ellington tunes--the album's focus--but also demanding works by Lennie Tristano and Charles ...


The Spirit of Things

Label: CIMP Records
Released: 2008
Track listing: 01. My Shining Hour (Arlen/Mercer); 02. Criss Cross (Monk); 03. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (Harbach/Kern); 04. Jitterbug Waltz (Waller); 05. Sampson (Schnitter); 06. Never Let Me Go (Livingston/Evans); 07. Blues for John (Schnitter); 08. In a Sentimental Mood (Ellington); 09. Bright Mississipi Georgia (Schnitter/Taylor Baker/Duval).


Article: Album Review

David Schnitter - Dominic Duval - Newman Taylor Baker: The Spirit of Things

Read "The Spirit of Things" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

L’interpretazione degli standard è una costante, un filo rosso che attraversa in lungo e in largo la storia della musica afroamericana. Per alcuni palestra per affinare il linguaggio, per altri esercizio di stile, o rivendicazione di un’identità perduta, o comodo rifugio per crisi di creatività, o stimolante trampolino di lancio per personali e assai lontani e ...


Article: Live Review

David Schnitter at The Turning Point Cafe

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David Schnitter The Turning Point Cafe Piermont, New York June 2, 2008 David Schnitter ended a bracing, sixty-minute set at The Turning Point Cafe with a quote from “Auld Lang Syne." This brief digression was a jocular reminder that, for a jazz musician, “times gone by" aren't as important ...



Label: Cristal Records
Released: 2003


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