His father played violin for the New York Philharmonic and by 15 he was playing professionally with the American Ballet Theatre.
In 1955, he and jazz pianist John Lewis founded the Modern Jazz Society. In 1957, he coined the term “Third Stream” to describe music that combines classical and jazz.
In addition to being a performer, composer and educator, Schuller is also a music historian. His two books – Early Jazz: Its Roots and Development (London and New York, 1968) and The Swing Era: the Development of Jazz 1930-45 (New York and Oxford, 1989) are classics in their field.
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