Performance on August 26th, 2009 in celebration of his new release on Summit Records titled Underdog and other Stories.
Ted Kooshian's Standard Orbit Quartet is out of this world!
- Ken Dryden, allmusic.com
Ted Kooshian's Standard Orbit Quartet
Ted Kooshian, piano
Jeff Lederer, saxophones
Tom Hubbard, bass
Warren Odze, drums/percussion
The Iridium Jazz Club
1650 Broadway @ 51st - NYC
August 26th, 2009
Showtime- 7:00 PM (one set)
For information call (212) 582- 2121
TED KOOSHIAN BIO
Pianist/composer Ted Kooshian was born in San Jose, California, on October 8, 1961. He grew up in Livermore (East Bay area), from kindergarten through high school. He began playing piano in the 2nd grade, and started learning jazz in the 7th grade, after 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, but left after three years. He stayed in San Jose and worked as a musician until 1985, at which point he went to work as a pianist on cruise ships for a couple years. For this job he traveled to the Far East, the South Pacific, Africa, and the Caribbean.
In 1987 Ted moved to New York City. Since then he has been working as a freelance musician, doing jazz gigs, recording, Broadway shows, Off-Broadway shows, cabaret concerts, a few tours, and some teaching. In the New York area, Ted has performed at Radio City Music Hall, the Rainbow Room, BB King’s, Birdland, the Beacon Theater, the Iridium, the Beacon Theater, and Jones Beach. He has played for many 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. Some of the people he has worked with over the years are Aretha Franklin, Chuck Berry, Toni Braxton, Marvin Hamlisch, Sarah Brightman, and “Blood, Sweat, and Tears.”
In 2007 Ted finished his BA degree in music at Empire Sate University in Manhattan. Ted has released three CD’s. The first CD, Clockwork (2004), was released independently and is all original material by Ted, and features trumpeter Scott Wendholt, saxophonist Jeff Lederer, bassist Dick Sarpola, and drummer Warren Odze. His second and third CD’s (Ted Kooshian’s Standard Orbit Quartet , and Underdog And Other Stories…) were both released by Summit Records, and have Ted’s jazz arrangements of cartoon, television, and movie themes, as well as a few pop tunes and standards. These two CD’s showcase his working quartet, the members of which are Ted on piano, Jeff Lederer on saxophones, Tom Hubbard on bass, and Warren Odze on drums. Drummer Scott Neumann also plays on some tracks of “Underdog, And Other Stories…”
Ted has also been a member of the Ed Palermo Big Band since 1992 – in this band he plays a Kurzweil PC-88, covering all parts for organ, Rhodes, marimba, timpani, bells, accordion, etc.