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Saxophonist and pianist Loren Schoenberg is founding director and senior scholar of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. Born in Fair Lawn, N.J., Schoenberg attended the Manhattan School of Music. He is a faculty member at Juilliard, the Hartt School, and Barnard College. Schoenberg has also taught at the New School, the Manhattan School of Music, William Paterson University, and Long Island University. In addition, he has lectured at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the White House, the New York Philharmonic, and the Aspen Institute, where he is a fellow.

Schoenberg has conducted the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (J.L.C.O.) as well as the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, the American Jazz Orchestra, and the West Deutscher Rundfunk Jazz Orchestra in Kohn, Germany. He has played and recorded with Benny Carter, Benny Goodman, Jimmy Heath, John Lewis, Christian McBride, Buck Clayton, and the J.L.C.O. He served as musical director for Bobby Short from 1997-2005. Schoenberg also received two Grammy awards for best album notes in 1994 and 2004. He oversaw the Benny Goodman Archives at Yale, where he produced a 10-CD release of previously unissued Goodman recordings. He has taught for several J.L.C.O. education programs, including Band Director Academy and Jazz 101 adult education classes, and annually serves as a screening judge for Essentially Ellington tape entries. Schoenberg has been published widely (including in The New York Times), and his book, The NPR Guide to Jazz, was released in 2003.