Maria Schneider (not the one in the above write-up) is the composer, arranger, and conductor (leader) of the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra.

She grew up in Windom, Minnesota and earned a Bachelor of Music in theory and composition from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Music from Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.

She cites Duke Ellington, George Russell, Gil Evans, Thad Jones, and Bob Brookmeyer as her influences.

Much of this information was gleaned from the liner notes inside Evanescence. The Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra has 4 albums, all of which are stellar.

Update 21 Oct 2002: This write-up is rather paltry by today's standards. I'll work on filling it out soon someday, I hope. Thank you for your extended patience.

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