Ted Kooshian

Ted Kooshian is a jazz pianist/composer originally from San Jose, California, and has been living in New York since 1987.

About Me

A native of sunny California, San Francisco Bay Area, Ted Kooshian has been living in New York since 1987. Since then he has apportioned his time among jazz gigs, composing, Broadway pits, tours, recording, and club dates. In the New York area, Ted has performed at Radio City Music Hall, the Rainbow Room, BB King's, the Beacon Theater, Birdland, Smoke, the Iridium, and Jones Beach. He has played for several Broadway shows, including The Lion King, Mamma Mia, and Spamalot. He has played at the Detroit Jazz Festival, the Syracuse Jazz Festival, the JVC Jazz Festival, Sun Valley Jazz Festival, and the Panasonic Jazz Festival; also jazz festivals in Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia. He has been to all the continents on our planet except for Antarctica. He once played a jam session with Frank Foster at the former Latvian Prime Minister's house. In 1986 he had Easter dinner on the South Pacific island of Tonga, as a guest of the prince. Once he was kidnapped in Manila, the Philippines, and he once broke his right foot in Bahia, Brazil. He has toured or played in concert with Aretha Franklin, Chuck Berry, Toni Braxton, Marvin Hamlisch, Sarah Brightman, and Blood, Sweat, and Tears. He plays occasionally as a guest with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. A couple of the more unique vocalists Ted has accompanied on piano are Meryl Streep and Coach Tommy LaSorda. Ted is a member of several current New York bands including The Ed Palermo Big Band, Rick Wald's NYC/16, and Judy Barnett's Jazz-a-teria. Ted Kooshian's name is engraved on the two microchips of the STARDUST spacecraft, which was sent into space to return a sample from a comet (the first such sample returned). STARDUST reached the WILD 2 Comet on January 2, 2004 and sent one of the microchips with Ted's name on it back to Earth (it returned on 1/15/2006 along with the comet samples), while the other microchip will stay on the spacecraft forever and head further into outer space. Ted cites Spider-man, Donald Duck, and Captain James T. Kirk as his major influences.

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