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. A Philadelphia native, he has been cited in his hometown press as “Best Jazz Artist” and “Best Saxophonist”. Holding Degrees from Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory, Ben has been active in education for many years. He has held faculty positions at Berklee College of Music, Temple University and The University of the Arts. Ben now resides in San Diego, California. He continues to perform, compose, teach, and conduct clinics and masterclasses at colleges and universities throughout the U.S.
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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
...a new style of freedom and democracy.
...beautifully arranged interludes offset by passages of boundless
improvising...something special is happening here.
...the power of...Dave Holland...or Steve Coleman...the authority of Joe
...advanced harmonic capabilities and fluid, sure-fire rhythmic drive....a
personal and present-tense sound.
...Schachter writes peppery tunes that tapdance on the subconscious before
his searing saxophone takes over to blow down the house.
...artistic prowess...reams of finely-honed phrases that contain a trace of
lyricism within their full-bodied texture.
...has a fire in his soul that he vents through angular, topsy-turvy modified
...Ben Schachter's Sung/Unsung will blow your mind.
Philadelphia Arts Writers
Willing to teach
Intermediate to advanced
Lessons with BEN SCHACHTER.
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:
Visit www.sungunsung.com for more information.