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Ted Kooshian

Born in San Jose, California, Ted grew up in the Bay Area and started playing piano in the 2nd grade. His love of jazz music began in the 7th grade when his music teacher played him a record of Oscar Peterson.

He attended San Jose State College from 1979 through 1982 as a jazz performance music major. While in his twenties he traveled to the Far East, the South Pacific, Africa, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, and South America working as a pianist on cruise ships.

Ted moved to New York City in 1987, and since then has been working as a freelance musician, playing jazz gigs, Broadway shows, several tours, and teaching.

Over the years, Ted has worked with Aretha Franklin, Chuck Berry, Edgar Winter, Marvin Hamlisch, Sarah Brightman, Blood, Sweat, and Tears, and Il Divo. A sampling of the Broadway Show work he’s done includes Mamma Mia, The Lion King, Aida, Come Fly Away, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and Spamalot. He has performed at the Detroit Jazz Festival, the Syracuse Jazz Festival, the Sun Valley Jazz Festival, and the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, as well as festivals in Germany, Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia.

In 2007 he finished the BA degree in music he started in San Jose. In addition to leading his own groups and projects, Ted is a member of several bands that play frequently in New York. He has been a member of the Ed Palermo Big Band since 1994. Starting in 2012, Ted has been playing solo piano five nights a week at Center Bar, one floor below Jazz At Lincoln Center in the Time/Warner Building.


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"Ted Kooshian's Standard Orbit Quartet is out of this world!" - Ken Dryden, AllMusic.com

"The quality of musicianship is outstanding and the arrangements are fresh, inventive, and genius." ~ Valerie Williams, Skope

"Hip, hip, hooray for musical insanity done right." ~ Chris Spector, Midwest Record

"Kooshian's vision is the same as Miles Davis or John Coltrane when they covered popular music of the 1950's or Broadway hits." ~ Mark Corroto, AllAboutJazz.com

"Ear opening contemporary jazz that doesn’t let you down" - Chris Spector, Midwest Record

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New York City

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced


I have been teaching piano for 30 years. I teach all levels, and many styles (classical, jazz, pop, etc). I am good with beginners (2nd grade through adult). Lessons can be at my home or yours. I teach music theory along with piano technique.

Jan Hammer
Henry Mancini
composer / conductor



Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson


Summit Recoreds


I've Got News For...

Sky Cat Records


A Bi-Coastal Christmas

Self Produced


Clowns Will Be...

Summit Records


Underdog And Other...

Summit Records



From: Hubub!
By Ted Kooshian


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