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Primary Instrument: Sax, tenor

Born: October 7, 1962    

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, John Swana, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Charles Fambrough, James Genus, Jef Lee Johnson, Burhan Ocal, Jack Walrath, etc. As a composer, Ben has been recognized with grants from the American Composers Forum, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and Pew Fellowships in the Arts...
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Awards

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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    Omnibus

    Ben-Jam Music
    2008
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    Nothingman

    Ben-Jam Music
    2004
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    The Missing Beloved

    Ben-Jam Music
    2002
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Ben-Jam Music (2008)

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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

“...Schachter writes peppery tunes that tapdance on the subconscious before his searing saxophone takes over to blow down the house.” Philadelphia Inquirer

“...artistic prowess...reams of finely-honed phrases that contain a trace of lyricism within their full-bodied texture.” Cadence

“...has a fire in his soul that he vents through angular, topsy-turvy modified bop explosions.” Philadelphia CityPaper

“...Ben Schachter's Sung/Unsung will blow your mind.” Philadelphia Arts Writers

Primary InstrumentSax, tenor

LocationSan diego, CA

Willing to teachIntermediate to advanced students

Credentials/BackgroundLessons with BEN SCHACHTER. Consider studying with a person who has been called “the best teacher I know, period.” (Dick Oatts). 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: ben@sungunsung.com. Visit www.sungunsung.com for more information.

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