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Maria Schneider


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Schneider was born in Windom, Minnesota. She moved to New York City in 1985 after attending college at the University of Minnesota, the University of Miami and the Eastman School of Music. She studied under Bob Brookmeyer and Gil Evans, working on various projects with Evans, including the film The Color of Money.

Schneider formed the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra in 1993, appearing weekly at Visiones in Greenwich Village for five years. Her orchestra performed at many jazz festivals and toured Europe.

Schneider was one of the first artists to use ArtistShare, a system where the fans fund the recording, to produce an album. Her 2004 album, Concert in the Garden, became the first Grammy Award winning recording with Internet-only sales. The album also received Jazz Album of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Awards. The Jazz Journalists also awarded Schneider Composer of the Year and Arranger of the Year, and named her group, Large Jazz Ensemble of the Year.

Evanescence (1992)
Coming About (1995)
Live At The Jazz Standard - Days Of Wine And Roses (2000)
Allegresse (2000)
Concert in the Garden (2004)
Sky Blue (2007)

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