David Schumacher is a composer and saxophonist who began his schooling with Branford Marsalis and Andrew Speight at Michigan State University. While there he worked with Charles Ruggiero and Mark Sullivan to complete a BM in Composition/Theory in 1997. Following that he spent two years studying composition with Bob Brookmeyer at the New England Conservatory of Music earning a MM in Jazz Studies-Composition (with distinction in performance). Along the way Schumacher has also studied with jazz greats George Russell, Jerry Bergonzi, Rodney Whitaker, and Marcus Belgrave.
David has been a member of the BMI Jazz Composers' Workshop led by Jim McNeely and Mike Abene, and is currently co-leader of Sound Assembly (www.soundassembly.net) in New York City. Sound Assembly is a 17-piece collective of New York's finest players featuring the original compositions of David Schumacher and JC Sanford. Their latest CD Edge of the Mind was released in February on the Beauport Jazz label to rave reviews.
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“Taking the angular bravado of Charles Mingus and re-imagining it for the
21st century, this 17-piece jazz orchestra from New York brings it full-force
on their album of original, unique compositions. With stab-tone sectionals
and blazing solos, “Edge of the Mind” displays an energetic big band who has
evolved to a place where they can make musical violence sound romantic.”
- CD Baby (where we are an Editor’s Pick for Jazz)
“These are in essence thought-provoking works that commands one's
unwavering awareness and consideration. If due diligence is given, the
rewards can be sizable…It's an ample meal…easily digested by epicures.”
- All About Jazz
“These guys are carving out their own territory in the realm of the modern
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