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After earning a liberal arts degree at Cornell University in 1961, Ted came to Boston to study at Berklee with legendary drummer Alan Dawson. It wasn’t long before Ted found himself performing with the likes of Herb Pomeroy, Jack Peterson, John LaPorta, Gary Burton, Mick Goodrick, Ray Santisi, and other Boston jazz stalwarts in Boston area dance and jazz bands. His Berklee studies with Herb Pomeroy also resulted in a burgeoning interest in composing and arranging. Ted began teaching harmony and arranging classes at Berklee in 1964. With enrollment at Berklee expanding rapidly in the late 1960s, Ted found himself in the forefront of curriculum organization and revision


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New World Jazz Composers Octet: Breaking News

Read "Breaking News" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Eight players does not a big band make, but The New World Jazz Composers Octet is a light ensemble offering an assertive sound reminiscent of a big band production. Boasting a cadre of educators and first-rate musicians, the group manages powerful orchestrations employing an exciting horn section, lively percussion and blistering piano work from Tim Ray ...


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New World Jazz Composers Octet: Breaking News

Read "Breaking News" reviewed by Andrew J. Sammut

The New World Jazz Composers Octet thrives on the old school idea of jazz composition as conduit to great jazz performance, and its third album, Breaking News, puts theory to practice from the outset with Matthew Nicholl's “Poco Picasso." The jutting melodic angles and tightly orchestrated front line arrest on their own merits, while also spurring ...


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The New World Jazz Composers Octet: Transitions

Read "Transitions" reviewed by Greg Simmons

The best of jazz generally ensures that there is a leader, a composition, or at least an agreed upon theme that holds the work together, and herein lies the conundrum of The New World Jazz Composers Octet's Transitions.Musical egalitarianism is one of the hallmarks of jazz--the notion that everyone has an opportunity to make ...



Label: Big and Phat Jazz Productions
Released: 2010


Article: Big Band Caravan

Allen Carter Big Band / Lucerne Jazz Orchestra / Joris Teepe Big Band

Read "Allen Carter Big Band / Lucerne Jazz Orchestra / Joris Teepe Big Band" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Allen Carter Big BandGiftsAC Muzik2010 If there were any integrity or enlightenment in the music business as we know it in 2010--not to mention among listeners--drummer Allen Carter's debut big-band album, Gifts, would surely go platinum or at least earn a well-deserved Grammy Award. As not much of ...


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