Born: September 11, 1969 Primary Instrument: Piano
Craig Schneider is a multi award-winning pianist, vocalist, composer, arranger, and bandleader. Equally at home on the concert stage or in an intimate jazz bar or cabaret room, Craig is an extremely versatile performer. Leader of an international jazz trio and swing band, since moving to London in 2004 he has performed all over the UK, including appearances at the 606 Club, Pizza Express Jazz Club and Chelsea Arts Club and performs regularly at London’s top hotels, including the Savoy, the Dorchester and Claridges. Craig has worked on the West End show The Rat Pack, Live From Las Vegas, including a recent concert series in Cologne and has toured the UK as musical director for the cabaret act Shoo Shoo Baby.
A respected jazz artist, Craig has been featured at most of Australia’s major jazz festivals and has shared the stage with such jazz greats as legendary bassist Ray Brown, vocalist Marion Montgomery and Australian trumpet virtuoso James Morrison. Craig has released five CDs: Craig Schneider, 'S Wonderful � Craig Schneider's Gershwin, The Start of Something Big, Swing Still Works For Me, which features 13 foot-tapping classics from the swing era as well as the original title track, performed by his swinging seven-piece band, and his latest album TRIO.
Craig studied classical piano from the age of eight before discovering jazz as a teenager and graduated from the Canberra School of Music with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz, also winning the Friends' Prize as the most outstanding graduate. He then completed his Master's Degree in Jazz Performance and Arranging and Composition � the first degree of its kind in Australia.
A keen surfer, skier and international traveler, Craig’s most recent escapade saw him journey on the back of a dromedary deep into the Sahara desert.
If jazz is ever to gain another resurgence among the public in this country it will be through musicians such as the multi-talented Schneider. He's an entertainer… The Australian
Music a la Carte
Personnel: Craig Schneider: piano/vocals; Adam Bodkin: bass; Mark Sutton: drums.
The start of Something Big
Music a la Carte
Personnel: Craig Schneider: piano/vocals; Brendan Clarke: bass; Lincoln Schneider, Mark Sutton, Colin Hoorweg: drums.
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Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students