I'm just a trumpet player trying to experience as much of life as possible.
Originally from Ashtabula Ohio, Ted grew up in a household surrounded
by music. He began playing the trumpet at the age of 10, and found his
passion for jazz at 15. Ted's passion for jazz led him to pursue music at
the Ohio State University. During this time Ted performed with Midwest
jazz legends Gene Walker and Bobby Floyd. He also toured regionally
and abroad with the Afro-Rican ensemble.
In 2003, Ted enrolled in the graduate program at Rutgers University in
New Jersey to study with master trumpet teacher William Fielder.
During his studies Ted became involved in the NYC jazz scene playing
with artists such as Cecil Brooks III, Bruce Williams, Brad Leali, Jerome
Jennings, Kyle Kohler, Billy Hart, Alvester Garnet, and Kenny Davis.
Ted has appeared on ABC’s Nightline news with the Cecil's Big band,
and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” performing with “Jersey Boys”.
Ted has appeared at jazz festivals across the globe in Austria,
Switzerland, France, and St. Lucia. In 2006 Ted was a participant in The
Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program at the Kennedy Center.
Ted co-leads the dynamic jazz quartet “New Tricks” with veteran
saxophonist Mike Lee. They released their self-titled record in 2009 and
will be releasing their 2nd record in 2011, “Alternate Side Parking”. New
Tricks has toured throughout the country performing at the nations
finest clubs, universities, high schools, and jazz festivals. Ted has a
passion for sharing jazz with students and is an active educator and
teaches private lessons, ensembles, and workshops. He has also
performed clinics with New Tricks at Oberlin College, Indiana University,
and many other major universities and high schools.
From 2006- 2011 Ted toured with the First National
Tour of the Tony award winning Broadway show Jersey Boys.