George Schuller is the youngest out of a family of musicians from the
Boston area which is well renowned for their contribution to the world
of modern music (father Gunther and brother
Ed). As a drummer, George
has not only developed his craft as a versatile performer - currently
playing with the
likes of Lee Konitz, Herb Robertson, Matt Darriau, Mario Pavone,
Michael Musillami, Roy Nathanson's Alphabet Lounge Band,
and Free Range Rat - but has also continued to sharpen his skills as a
gifted composer and arranger.
In addition, he leads several bands in the
New York area including the Schulldogs (an elastic, free-blowing,
quartet) , Circle Wide (a quintet with free-bop
leanings, formerly known as Chump Change) ,Jigsaw (an ensemble devoted
to special projects involving
strings and horns), and the innovative big band - Orange Then Blue. Why
not let him
take us musically into the future?
George Schuller who has been a resident of Brooklyn/New York City for
years can be heard regularly as a leader or as a sideman at
some of the most fascinating clubs of contemporary music
in the Big
Apple. He has performed and/or recorded with such greats as Joe Lovano,
Jaki Byard, Dee Dee Bridgewater,
Lee Konitz, Dave Douglas, Ran Blake,
Mose Allison, Luciana Souza, Mark Helias, George Garzone, Gene
and of course with his family.
The Schulldogs had a successful european tour throug Italy, Austria,
and Finland in early june 2002 with Tim Berne, Tony Malaby,
John Hebert on board. The tours in 2003 have featured Herb
Robertson (replacing Berne) on trumpet.
and Rich Perry on tenor saxophone. The Schulldogs also played at the Seixal Jazz
Festival in Portugal in October 2003.
In may 2004 the Schulldogs played a European tour of Germany, Switzerland,
Belgium and the Netherlands.
George Schuller's new band "Circle Wide" features Peter Apfelbaum, Brad
Shepik, Tom Beckham and Dave Ambrosio.
The band toured Europe in February 2009.
The Schulldogs (original compositions for two saxes, bass & drums)
George Schuller/Circle Wide (Originals and Miles
Davis, Keith Jarrett compositions arranged for quintet)
Jigsaw (original compositions for strings & horns)
Looking Up From Down Below (GM Recordings) 1990
Rush Hour (Blue Note) Joe Lovano 1995
Anything Went (GM) Bill DeArango 1996
The Window Up Above (New World) Tom
"Hold The Elevator: Live in Europe and Other Haunts" (GM)
Orange Than Blue 1999
"Hellbent" (Playscape Recordings 2002, PSR#J111300) 2002
George Schuller "Round'bout Now" (Playscape
Recordings, PSR#J021302) 2003
George Schuller "Jigsaw" (482 Music 482-1026) 2004
George Schuller with
Free Range Rat "Nut Club" (Clean Feed Records CF 053 CD) 2006
George Schuller's Circle Wide "Like Before,
Somewhat After" Playscape Recordings 2008
George Schuller's Trio This "That" released 2008 on GM
George Schuller's Circle Wide "Listen Both Ways" Playscape Recordings 2012