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George Schuller

Drummer, composer, arranger and producer George Schuller, a native of New York City, moved to Boston in 1967 where he was raised and educated, and later received a Bachelor's Degree in Jazz Performance at the New England Conservatory of Music in 1982.

For the next twelve years, Schuller was a fixture on the Boston area jazz scene performing with Herb Pomeroy, Jaki Byard, Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, Mick Goodrick, John Lockwood, Ran Blake, Lisa Thorson, Billy Pierce, Bruce Gertz, Mili Bermejo, John LaPorta and Hal Crook.

In 1984, he co-founded the twelve-piece ensemble Orange Then Blue recording several acclaimed albums, including the 1999 release, Hold The Elevator: Live in Europe and Other Haunts (GM Recordings). Orange Then Blue toured extensively throughout the U.S., Canada, Middle East and Europe during the early to mid-90s.

Over the last two decades, Schuller has also released several albums as a leader, including his first CD, Lookin Up From Down Below (GM Recordings), and two releases with the Schulldogs, Tenor Tantrums (New World Records) and Hellbent (Playscape Recordings).

Schuller's other recordings as a leader include Round'bout Now (Playscape Recordings) with his band Circle Wide, and JigSaw (482 Music) featuring an all-star cast of New York improvisers including Tony Malaby, Mark Feldman, Dave Ballou, Howard Johnson and Ed Schuller.

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”Schuller is a graceful, swinging drummer, always tasteful and capable of driving a band without overwhelming it.”
--Chris Kelsey, JazzTimes

”Drummer George Schuller is a significant member of today’s progressive jazz scene. Whether performing as a sideman or leading his own projects, Schuller’s pen represents a potent and forward thinking mindset…”
--Glenn Astarita, JazzReview.com

”Schuller knows how to use composition to spur improvisation, and as a way to organize free blowing so that it never sounds arbitrary. What’s more, funky tunes like ‘Band Vote’ will keep you whistling after the CD is over.”
--Jon Garelick, Boston Phoenix

”George Schuller's talent on Hellbent lies in his ability to keep the quartet together through periods of order and disorder

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Discography

Listen Both Ways

Listen Both Ways

Playscape Recordings
2012

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Like Before, Somewhat After

Like Before, Somewhat...

Playscape Recordings
2008

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'Round 'Bout Now

'Round 'Bout Now

Playscape Recordings
2004

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Round 'Bout Now

Round 'Bout Now

Playscape Recordings
2004

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Jigsaw

Jigsaw

482 Music
2004

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