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Artist Biography

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  • Band/Affiliation: Metta Quintet and Founder/Artistic Director of JazzReach, Inc.
  • Country: United States

Born in Lansing, Michigan, Hans Schuman began playing drums at the age of thirteen while growing up in Tucson, Arizona.

After high school, Hans moved to Boston, Massachusetts where he enrolled at The Berklee College of Music. Upon receiving his Bachelor's Degree in Professional Music from Berklee in 1990, Schuman moved to New York City where he went on to play with jazz luminaries such as Junior Cook, Cecil Payne, John Ore and Big John Patton along with contemporaries, Benny Green, Cyrus Chestnut, Eric Reed, Wynton Marsalis, Brad Mehldau, Larry Goldings, Antonio Hart, Vincent Herring, Don Braden, Stefon Harris, Mark Turner, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Joshua Redman.

In 1994, with proceeds from the reluctant sale of an inherited Steinway Grand Piano, H. Benjamin, Founded JazzReach Performing Arts & Education Association, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to fostering a greater appreciation, awareness and understanding of jazz music - with a particularly strong commitment to serving young audiences in grades K-12.

Since the premiere of JazzReach's debut educational program in 1997, the organization has successfully enriched and impacted over 200,000 young people in over 80 communities nationwide in partnership with some of America’s most distinguished performing arts presenters and venues.

Schuman is also the founding member of JazzReach’s resident ensemble, Metta Quintet. The quintet released its critically acclaimed debut recording, GOING TO MEET THE MAN (Koch) in 2002 and features eight commissioned works by fast-rising jazz stars, Brad Mehldau, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Mark Turner, Larry Goldings and George Colligan. All works were inspired by short stories by celebrated American author, James Baldwin. In 2006, Sunnyside Records released METTA QUINTET'S second critically praised CD SUBWAY SONGS, which features 8 all original commissioned compositions inspired by the many dynamic facets of the New York City Subway experience.

Metta Quintet will release Big Drum / Small World in Fall 2011, which features all new commissions by widely renown composers from eight different countries that all aim to promote and celebrate the globalization of jazz. Composers include Miguel Zenon, Lionel Loueke, Yosvanny Terry, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Marcus Strickland and Omer Avital among others.

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