Photo: Valeria Trucchia
George Schuller graduated from New England Conservatory of Music in 1982. For the next twelve years he was a fixture on the Boston jazz scene performing with Jaki Byard, Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, John Lockwood, and others. Over the last two decades, Schuller has released more than half a dozen albums as a leader. In 1995 he appeared on Joe Lovano's Rush Hour (Blue Note, Downbeat “Album of the Year”). He has performed and/or recorded with Lee Konitz, Mose Allison, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Nnenna Freelon, Ran Blake, Fred Hersch, Dave Douglas, The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and others.
George performs at major festivals internationally and has a very active career as a record producer, arranger, and composer. His awards for composition include Massachusetts Artist Foundation Fellowship for Music Composition, an NEA Composition Grant, and The Julius Hemphill Composition Award. His latest recording Like Before, Somewhat After (Playscape, 2008) pays tribute to the music of Keith Jarrett's American Quartet.
Schuller lives in Brooklyn, NY, and freelances in the New York City area performing with his own group Schulldogs and others. He joined the LJC faculty in 2008.