Stefan Schatz (percussion) was born in New York City. After training early on as a classical percussionist, Schatz went on to study jazz at the New School in New York. Schatz has worked with jazz greats Dakota Staton, Jon Hendricks, Arnie Lawrence, Herman Foster, Teddy Charles, and Freddie Redd, and has toured internationally with the Chris Byars/Ari Roland Quartet, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Manhattan Tap, and the Mark Morris Dance Group. He has played on television and film soundtracks, commercials, numerous albums, and several Broadway shows. Schatz participated in the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album for his work on "High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project," by Loudon Wainwright III.