Ed Schuller

born on 11/1/1955 in New York City, NY, United States

Ed Schuller

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Edwin G. Schuller (b. Jan. 11, 1955) is an American jazz bassist and composer.

Schuller was born in New York City; his father is Gunther Schuller and his younger brother is drummer George Schuller. Schuller learned clarinet and guitar as a child and switched to bass at age 15; that 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, 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 (musician), Terry Silverlight, Mingus Epitaph, and Jaki Byard. He has played on over 60 recordings and been a member of numerous collective ensembles.

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 sideman

With Tim Berne

  • The Ancestors (Soul Note, 1983)

With Anat Fort

  • A Long Story (ECM, 2007)

With Joe Lovano

  • Rush Hour (Blue Note, 1994)

With Paul Motian

  • Psalm (ECM, 1982)
  • The Story of Maryam (Soul Note, 1984)
  • Jack of Clubs (Soul Note, 1985)
  • Misterioso (Soul Note, 1987)

With Night Ark

  • Treasures (Traditional Crossroads, 2000)

With Mal Waldron

  • Mal, Dance and Soul (Tutu, 1988)
  • Quadrologue at Utopia (Tutu, 1989)
  • More Git' Go at Utopia (Tutu, 1989)
  • Mal, Verve, Black & Blue (Tutu, 1994)

With Uli Lenz

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

With Tom Varner

  • Motion/Stillness (Soul Note, 1982)


  • Leonard Feather and Ira Gitler, The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz. Oxford, 1999, pp. 587-88.
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