Ted’s music is influenced by Ted’s life. That is to say that his broad range of personal experience, his musical pedigree and analytical ability, and his continual quest to seek out cultural connections in art-making have a substantial impact on what he creates. He trained at the Eastman School with Warren Benson and Ray Wright, and at the Manhattan School with Michael Gibbs . He has immersed himself in jazz and classical music for decades, and he makes frequent excursions to lands where traditions are quite different from his home. Ted is a keen observer of compositional structure, and remains fascinated by blending colors and instruments from around the globe. His music has been played in eclectic venues in five continents. From Finland’s premiere big band to the Philadelphia’s famed Orchestra – from Kathmandu’s tabla/jazz collaborations, to Patagonia’s tango bandoneónistas, performances of his compositions leave audiences with a unique, accessible, and memorable experience. Ted’s works have been aired on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today” and the Canadian Broadcasting Company’s “Arts National.” He has been in residence at the McDowell Colony and the Millay Colony for the Arts, and is an ASCAP member as both a composer and a publisher.


Rubén Gonzales, Nancy Allen, Jonathan Haas, Dick Waller, and Ted premiere a new work at the Aspen Music Festival
Grupo de Jazz at the Fundacion Cultural Patagonia playing original tango
Jim Pugh, Todd Coolman, Joh Faddis, Javon Jackson, Dave Brandom, and Dave Meade play “Uncle Peck”
Performance of “Flight Following”