University of Guelph Jazz Ensembles
(NOT OFFERED 2018-2019)
The University of Guelph Jazz Ensemble explores improvising in a modern Jazz context. The band uses material from great Jazz composers ( T. Monk, J. Coltrane etc. ), tin pan alley ( C. Porter, G. Gershwin, etc. ) and original music by the students or the conductor. The band develops skill with chords, scales, and rhythms while working on repertoire in a challenging yet fun environment. The ensemble plays one concert at the end of each semester as well as various engagements in the greater community as they come up.
Ted is one of Canada’s most accomplished drummers. He is an active member of Canada’s jazz scene and has recently been recognized with the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival’s Special Recognition award. Ted fronts his own quartet, Ted’s Warren Commission, which has released three CDs and embarked on a nationwide tour in 2009. He has played with such Canadian music luminaries as Mike Murley, Jeff Healey, and Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass. Ted recorded six CDs with the Boss Brass including
Velvet and Brass (with Mel Torme). He has worked with many acclaimed international
performers, including Slide Hampton, Bob Newhart, Maynard Ferguson, Tom Scott, Michael Brecker, Lew Soloff, Chuck Mangione, Norma Winstone, Sheila Jordan, Howard Johnson, Nick Brignola, Kenny Wheeler, and Gerry Bergonzi. Ted’s extensive touring has taken him to Poland, South Korea, Spain, Brazil, Iceland, and Japan. Ted endorses Vic Firth drumsticks and Gretsch drums.
Ted received his certificate in Jazz Studies from St. Francis Xavier University. He teaches at University of Guelph and Mohawk College in their Jazz Studies programs and is a well-regarded clinician and adjudicator. Ted was recently featured in a cover story in Drums Etc. magazine and has also written articles for Modern Drummer, Drum!, Canadian Musician, and Percussive Notes. He also hosts a popular drumming blog entitled Trap’d.