Maria Schneider (musician)
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Maria Schneider (born November 27, 1960 in Windom, Minnesota) is an American arranger, composer, and big-band leader who has won multiple awards. Her 2004 album Concert in the Garden won the Grammy award for "Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album."
She studied music theory and composition at the University of Minnesota, graduating in 1983, then earned a Masters of Music in 1985 from the Eastman School of Music, studying for one year as well at the University of Miami. Upon leaving Eastman, Gil Evans hired her as his apprentice arranger, and she collaborated with him for the next several years, producing arrangements commissioned by Sting and scoring the films The Color of Money and Absolute Beginners. Schneider went on to study with Bob Brookmeyer from 1986 to 1991, as she concurrently worked as a freelance arranger in New York.
She formed The Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra in 1993, appearing weekly at Visiones in Greenwich Village for five years. Her orchestra has also performed at many jazz festivals and toured Europe.
Schneider is an avid birdwatcher and enlisted band members to contribute bird calls on "Cerulean Skies" when recording Sky Blue.
The Annual Critics Poll of Downbeat choose her as both "Best Jazz Composer" and "Best Arranger" in 2010, 2011 and 2012, for 3 years continuously.
- Schneider's 2004 album, Concert in the Garden, became the first Grammy Award-winning recording sold exclusively via the Internet. It was named Jazz Album of the Year in 2005 by the Jazz Journalists Association, which also named Schneider Composer of the Year and Arranger of the Year and named her group Large Jazz Ensemble of the Year.
- Schneider's composition "Cerulean Skies," from the album Sky Blue, won the 2007 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition.
- Evanescence (1994)
- Coming About (1995)
- Live At The Jazz Standard—Days Of Wine And Roses (2000)
- Allegresse (2000)
- Concert in the Garden (2004)
- Sky Blue (2007)
- Winter Morning Walks (2013)
- 47th annual Grammy Awards Winners @ Grammy.com
- "Making fans a part of the inner circle - Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. 2008-02-10. Retrieved 2011-10-08.
- 2005 Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards @ jazzhouse.org
- 50th Annual Grammy Awards Winners @ Grammy.com
- Maria Schneider's website
- ArtistShare website
- "In Conversation with Maria Schneider" by Eugene Marlowe, Jazz.com.
- NewMusicBox cover: Maria Schneider in conversation with Frank J. Oteri, October 1, 2008 (includes video)