February 10, 2008 |
You say it's not possible to win a jazz Grammy with an album that isn't out in stores, at the listening posts or available on Amazon? Think again. Composer and bandleader Maria Schneider did it in 2005 with "Concert in the Garden," as did Billy Childs in 2006 and Brian Lynch and Eddie Palmieri in 2007 -- all on the ArtistShare label. And Schneider has two more nominations this year for "Sky Blue," also on ArtistShare. "I was the first artist on ArtistShare," says the New York-based musician.
February 10, 2006 |
Maria Schneider's music is, to the big jazz band styles of the 20th century, what Debussy and Ravel were to the orchestras of Wagner and Strauss. That is, using familiar jazz band instrumentation -- sections of trumpets, trombones, saxophone and rhythm -- Schneider is reaching beyond the typical high-energy textures of the past in search of subtle new gradations of color and emotion, informed by impressionistic musical transparency.
February 13, 2005 |
Maria Schneider has been nominated for three Grammy awards this year, and there's another for saxophonist Donny McCaslin for a performance with her orchestra. That's not exactly a common occurrence in the jazz world, where nominations usually arrive one at a time. But the really fascinating story behind Schneider's nominations is that the album that triggered the selections, "Concert in the Garden," hasn't sold a single copy in a retail store.
April 9, 2002 |
Maria Schneider wanted to be a dancer when she was growing up in the small Minnesota town of Windom. Instead, she became a composer, working primarily in the genre of jazz but never abandoning either her affection or her affinity for dance. On Sunday evening at the Cal State Northridge Performing Arts Center, Schneider also revealed that she hasn't really given up on her physical connection with dance either.
April 5, 2002 |
Can an ambitious and talented girl from the small Midwest farming community of Windom, Minn., find success and happiness in the big city? Let's say there's a fair chance. New York City's entertainment world is rejuvenated every year by eager talent from the small towns of America. But what if the girl's primary goal is to work as a jazz composer? Now we're talking serious long shots, which makes the accomplishments of Windom favorite daughter Maria Schneider all the more remarkable.
January 23, 2000 |
In exchange for great pay, TV comedy writers face one giant occupational hazard--the inability to say whatever they want. Go ahead and bemoan how cruddy sitcoms are, but you try writing something genuinely funny with the network notes and the advertisers and the star egos to contend with.