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Daniela Schaechter at the Women in Jazz Festival

Daniela Schaechter at the 2006 Kennedy Center Women in Jazz Festival on JazzSet
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Daniela Schaechter at the 2006 Kennedy Center Women in Jazz Festival on JazzSet
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Daniela Schaechter: piano and voice

Alex Sipiagin: trumpet

Oleg Osenkov: bass

Terri Lyne Carrington: drums

Set List

  • "Dark Blue"
  • "In Crioche"
  • "Motherland"
  • "Quore"
  • "Fung Wa Blues"
  • "When the Turtle Meets the Ocean"
  • "Stella by Starlight" (Washington, Young)
  • "Kogun" (Toshiko Akiyoshi)
Daniela Schaechter (300)

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Growing up in the lovely coastal town of Messina on the island of Sicily, Daniela Schaechter studied classical piano. She began to perform jazz at age 18, then moved to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music on a Terri Lyne Carrington scholarship — named for the drummer in Schaechter's group on this JazzSet.

At Berklee, Schaechter took lessons with JoAnne Brackeen, and to this day admires her layered rhythms, wide chords, and mindset, which always supports new approaches. Then Schaechter went out west for a couple of sessions with composer Billy Childs based on her love of his album The Child Within. Now, she has two CDs in her own name: Quintet and I Colori del Mare.

One highlight from this May 2006 set from the Kennedy Center is "Fung Wah Blues," which Schaechter composed on the legendarily inexpensive bus line, favored by music students, from Chinatown in Boston to Chinatown in New York. In her day, it cost $10 and wasn't even a bus. It was a van, bouncing from pothole to pothole, which inspired this rhythmic composition.

This spring, Schaechter taught at Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead program for young musicians at the Kennedy Center. And she was recently spotted in vocalist Michelle Walker's excellent band at Zinc Bar in New York.

The 2008 Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival takes place May 15-17. Last year's Piano Competition winner, Helen Sung, performs on May 16.


Mix by technical director Duke Markos, with Greg Hartmann of Big Mo Recording and Chris Weal. Thanks to Dr. Billy Taylor and the Kennedy Center staff. Dee Dee Bridgewater's recording engineer is Ginger Bruner at KUNV Las Vegas. Producer Becca Pulliam, executive producer Thurston Briscoe at WBGO 88.3 FM in Newark, N.J., and



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