Ed Schuller

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Ed Schuller
Ed Schuller and Adam Czerwiński
Ed Schuller and Adam Czerwiński
Background information
Birth nameEdwin Gunther Schuller
Born (1955-01-11) January 11, 1955 (age 68)
New York City;
Instrument(s)Double bass

Edwin Gunther Schuller (January 11, 1955) is an American jazz bassist and composer. His father is Gunther Schuller, a composer, horn player, and music professor, and his younger brother is drummer George Schuller.


A native of New York City, Schuller learned clarinet and guitar as a child. He switched to double bass at age 15, and the same year he had his first professional appearances with Ricky Ford. He studied at the New England Conservatory of Music.

Schuller has played with Lee Konitz, Joe Lovano, Ted Curson, Dave Liebman, Abbey Rader, Jimmy Knepper, Clark Terry, Ran Blake, Paul McCandless, Billy Hart, Mat Maneri, Marty Ehrlich, and Roland Hanna, and has toured with Lovano, Paul Motian, Tim Berne, Jim Pepper, Pat Martino, Mal Waldron, Uli Lenz, Karl Berger, Gerry Hemingway, Marty Cook, Nicolas Simian, Perry Robinson, Barry Miles, Terry Silverlight, and Jaki Byard. He has played on over 60 recordings and been a member of numerous collective ensembles, including the ensemble that recorded Charles Mingus's Epitaph in 1990.

Schuller has taught at the Newark Academy and at Berklee College of Music, and was the head of the jazz department at Schweitzer Institute of Music in Idaho from 1988.


As leader[edit]

  • Conspiracy (EmArcy, 1983)
  • The Eleventh Hour (Enja/Tutu, 1993)
  • To Know Where One Is (GM, 1995)
  • Mu-Point (Tutu, 1996)
  • Snake Dancing (Tutu, 1996)
  • Force (Tutu, 1996)
  • Art of the Duo (Tutu, 2001)
  • Ong Song: Music for Acoustic Bass (GM, 2002)
  • As It Grows (Hathut, 2004)[1]

As sideman[edit]

With Franco Ambrosetti

With Tim Berne

With Anat Fort

With Paul Grabowsky

With Russ Lossing

  • Dreamer (Double-Time, 2000)
  • As It Grows (HatOLOGY, 2002)

With Uli Lenz

  • Echoes of Mandela (Tutu, 1997)
  • Good-bye Venus (Tutu, 2007)

With Joe Lovano

With Joe Maneri

With Paul Motian

With Night Ark

With Jim Pepper

With Herb Robertson

With Mal Waldron

With Tom Varner


  1. ^ "Ed Schuller | Album Discography | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 24 December 2016.
  • Leonard Feather and Ira Gitler, The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz. Oxford, 1999, pp. 587–88.