Daniela Schächter Quartet

October 10, 2021, from 2 to 4 pm at The W Gallery

57 Andrew Ave. Wayland, MA 01778 in the Wayland Town Center. Near Ace Hardware.

$10 adults, $5 students, suggested donation

The performance will include a few originals mixed with her arrangements of jazz standards. Daniela’s project brings all worlds together in a concert that unifies jazz, classical, world music, songwriting and composition. Her eclectic group with John Lockwood, Mark Walker and Phil Grenadier will support her with their unique musical personalities. 


Daniela Schächter started early her musical career: by her mid-teens was already performing publicly in Sicily, Italy, as well as doing studio session work. After her classical studies she moved to Boston MA as recipient of a scholarship to the Berklee College of Music, where she studied with Phil Wilson, Joe Lovano, Hal Crook and Joanne Brackeen. Daniela has won many prestigious awards, such as the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Piano Competition 2005, The Sister in Jazz Competition 2002, the Betty Carters Jazz Ahead Competition 2002, the Terri Lyne Carrington Endowed Scholarship, the Tindari 93, Prize for the best jazz duo with her brother Davide and also she appeared in the Jazziz magazine collector's CD (July 2001). The musicians that had the most influence in her music were Wayne Shorter, Keith Jarrett, Paul McCandless, Thelonious Monk, Bela Bartok, Maurice Ravel. Daniela has performed at the Brass Group Jazz Festival, the Umbria Jazz Fest, the Cape May Jazz Festival, the Cleveland Jazz Fest with the Rainbow Big Band, the International Trumpet Guilt Conference, the Kennedy Center, the Sarasota Jazz Festival, the Cape Cod Jazz Festival, The Blue Note with The Tiger Okoshi Quartet, the Symphony Hall with the Boston Pops and Patti Austin, the Ravinia Jazz Festival with the Count Basie Big Band and the Hollywood Bowl. Daniela has performed with John Clayton Jr. and the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, John Dankworth, the New York Voices, Terri Lyne Carrington, Patti Austin, Kevin Mahogany, Carmen Lundy, Regina Carter, Christian McBride, Ingrid Jensen, Tiger Okoshi, Shirley Horn and Al McKibbon among others. She has also been conducted by Quincy Jones, Patrick Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, John Clayton Jr., Elmer Bernstein, Bob Brookmeyer, Justin DiCioccio and Phil Wilson. Daniela Schächter was guest artist of the prestigious Marian McPartland Piano Jazz radio program, the Java Jazz Festival and the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival in 2006. She is currently leading her group in several venues in New York and Boston, where she resides.

Her fourth album “Vanheusenism” A Tribute To Jimmy Van Heusen was released in October 2016.

Daniela is Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music Boston MA and AMP Professor at Brown University.


Mark Walker

Grammy award winning drummer, composer and educator Mark Walker hails from Chicago, Illinois. After paying his dues playing every kind of gig he could get, he had several breakthroughs, including getting hired by Paquito D’Rivera in 1989 (with whom he still plays) and Lyle Mays in 1992. He moved to New York in 1995, where began touring and recording with the Caribbean Jazz Project. He also began a musical relationship with pianist Michel Camilo, with whom he still works occasionally. In 1996, he was asked to record with the world jazz group Oregon and Ralph Towner hired him on the spot. He toured and recorded with Oregon for 23 years. He also worked with Arturo Sandoval, Cesar Mariano, the WDR, NDR, and HR radio big bands of Germany, Eliane Elias, Andy Narell and many others. In 2005, he moved to the Boston area, became a professor at Berklee and began developing his writing and production skills. In 2007 he was nominated for a Grammy award in the category of best instrumental composition for “Deep Six,” recorded by Oregon. He also developed curriculum for Berklee and Berklee Online and decided to further his studies, graduating in 2019 with a Bachelors in Professional studies from Berklee Online with an interdisciplinary studies major. Walker is now stepping out as a leader with his new album, “You Get What You Give,” is an exciting, energetic and authentic foray into Afro-Latin styles in a jazz context featuring many of the top players in the business, like Paquito D’Rivera. Mark Walker's originals are featured, including the Grammy nominated "Deep Six," as well as Latin arrangements of four jazz standards. Mark Walker is a Paiste, Yamaha, Vic Firth, Remo, Meinl and Prologix artist.

Phil Grenadier

Throughout a career that spans three decades, trumpeter Phil Grenadier has emerged as one of jazz’s most imaginative and innovative players.  His two albums as leader, 2000’s Sweet Transients and 2003’s Playful Intentions, have won him copious international acclaim, while his collaborations with a broad array of notable musicians demonstrate the raw talent and adventurousness that led the San Jose Mercury News to call him “a trumpeter of rare fluency and depth.”

Growing up in a musical family in San Francisco, he and his brothers Larry and Steve were all introduced to trumpet in childhood by their father Albert, who handed his lifelong love of music down to his sons.

Although Larry and Steve eventually gravitated towards bass and guitar, respectively, Phil wholeheartedly embraced the possibilities of trumpet and made the instrument the focus of his musical life.  The three brothers played together in their high-school band and various other combos, performing together at such renowned festivals as the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Russian River Jazz Festival and the San Francisco Jazz Festival.

Meanwhile, Phil’s rapidly-developing trumpet skills won him considerable attention around his hometown.  By the time he was 16, he was working regularly as a sideman, performing alongside such legends as Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Torme, George Shearing, Tony Bennett, Carlos Santana, James Brown, Sammy Davis Jr., Dionne Warwick and Steve Smith’s Vital Information.  He was just 17 when he was voted Best Jazz Soloist by both Down Beat magazine and the California Music Educators Association.

A move to New York in 1988 helped to further broaden Grenadier’s musical horizons.  There, he taught jazz trumpet at the Mannes College of Music, and worked extensively with noted saxophonist/composer Bob Belden, playing on two of Belden’s Blue Note albums and numerous live gigs.

Another strong influence during Phil’s New York years was his work with pianist Richie Beirach, with whom he worked extensively in a duo situation.  “That was a great learning experience,” he recalls.  “Performing with such a harmonic genius reinforced my natural affinity for ‘outside’ improvising, and spurred me to dig deeper in myself.”

During his time in New York, Grenadier also performed and recorded with such notable musicians as Owen Howard, Chris Potter and Seamus Blake.

In 1995, Grenadier relocated to Boston, where he’s continued to embrace new musical challenges while recording and performing around the world.  2000 saw the release of his first album as a leader, Sweet Transients, which also featured Ethan Iverson and Bill Stewart.  It was followed in 2003 by Playful Intentions, whose cast also included the likes of Kurt Rosenwinkel and Jeff Ballard.

While continuing to develop his own music, Grenadier has remained in demand as a sideman and collaborator.  One particularly fulfilling project has been his work with seminal guitarist John Scofield.  In 2007, Grenadier toured across Europe, South America and the United States with Scofield’s group, which also included bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Bill Stewart, with the tour culminating in a sold-out performance at NYC’s Carnegie Hall.

In addition to leading his own acclaimed Boston-based trio (with whom he recently completed a soon-to-be-released new album), Grenadier continues to maintain productive working relationships with saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi, with whom he’s recorded two albums and toured Europe; and Portuguese drummer Joao Lencastre, with whom he’s made four albums.

In addition to the aforementioned musicians, Grenadier has played on more than 50 albums while working with a varied assortment of artists, including Kenny Barron, Larry Goldings, Kevin Hays, Marc Copland, Bill Carrothers, Chris Potter, Anthony Braxton, George Garzone, Mick Goodrick, Brad Shepik, Billy Kilson, John Hollenbeck, Gerald Cleaver, Bob Moses, Drew Gress, Ira Coleman, Bob Nieske, Harvey Wainapel and brother Larry Grenadier.

Phil Grenadier continues to imbue his own work with the knowledge, experience and inspiration that he’s gained through his myriad creative associations.

John Lockwood

One of the most sought-after bassists, John Lockwood, began his career in Cape Town, South Africa. He came to the USA to study at Berklee College of Music and immediately became immersed in the music scene both nationally and internationally. Renowned for the strength and versatility of his playing, John has been called to perform and tour with many of the most respected names in jazz, and has been sited in many of jazz’s most prestigious publications.