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Ben Schachter: Bios

Ben Schachter is a powerful and original saxophonist and composer. He has recorded and performed 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, Mark Dresser, John Swana, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Charles Fambrough, James Genus, Jef Lee Johnson, Marvin "Smitty" Smith, Jack Walrath, etc. As a composer, Ben has been recognized with grants from the American Composers Forum, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the Pew Fellowships in the Arts. A Philadelphia area native, he has been cited in his hometown press as "Best Jazz Artist" and "Best Saxophonist". His critically-acclaimed bands include Trio of Many, Sung/Unsung, Cephalopod, and re:Trio. He has eight recordings on his own label. His current band - QuadraPhilya - features world-renowned Philaldelphia musician John Swana along with Ben's long-time musical partners Leon Boykins and Matt Scarano.  The band is working on a series of new recordings, with the first release expected in early 2017.

Ben has degrees from Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory and is a passionate and much sought-after teacher. Some of his former students are among the most celebrated artists and educators in modern jazz. He was an Assistant Professor and coordinator of the graduate program in Temple University's renowned Jazz Studies department, where he taught from 1993 - 2018. He has also been on faculty at Berklee College of Music, The University of the Arts, and numerous other colleges. He is an active clinician, presenting masterclasses at colleges, high schools and universities in the U.S. and Europe.

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