Schuller, George

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Schuller, George

Schuller, George, jazz drummer, composer, producer, son of Günther Schuller, brother of Ed Schuller; b. N.Y., Dec. 29, 1958. His family moved to Boston in 1967 where he was raised and educated. In 1982, he received a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Performance from the New England Cons. of Music. For the next 12 years, he performed around Boston with Herb Pomeroy, Jaki Byard, Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, Mick Goodrick, Ran Blake, Billy Pierce, and John LaPorta. In 1984, he co-founded the 12-piece ensemble Orange Then Blue, which has toured extensively in the U.S., Canada, Middle East, and Europe. He has also performed or recorded with Joe Wilder, Mose Allison, Lee Konitz, Danilo Perez, Joey Calderazzo, Kenny Werner, Tom Harrell, Fred Hersch, Attila Zoller, and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orch. He has appeared at jazz festivals in Detroit, Munich, Sandpoint, Boston, Montreal, Vancouver, Toronto, and across Canada. He received a Mass. Artist Foundation Fellowship for Music Composition (1987) and a NEA Composition Grant (1995). During the 1990s, he has freelanced with Tom Varner, Matt Darriau, and Tom Beckham while also leading his own groups, including Schulldogs with George Gar-zone, Ruckus, and Orange Then Blue.


Lookin’ Up from Down Below (1988); Jumpin’ in the Future (1988). orange then blue : Orange Then Blue (1986); Where Were You? (1987); Funkallero (1989); While You Were Out… (1992).

—Lewis Porter