Born: November 20, 1979 Primary Instrument: Guitar
Music rooted in improvisation, inspired by the moment and the audience.
The music of Teddy Presberg is rooted in improvisation, inspired by the moment and the audience. Often compared to the funky, soulful jazz musicians such as Grant Green and Eddie Harris, you also hear artists such as The White Stripes and Beck influence his sound. His music is fresh, ever evolving, and lays out his immediate and unfiltered response to our society and times.
Teddy is known for speaking his own language on the guitar. He’s not flashy with in-your-face chops. He can own one note, and with that note, you know exactly what he means. Teddy plays for the moment, never repeating himself � risking the falls to reach the musical highs.
After spending several years as a sideman on the folk music scene and numerous US tours, Teddy embarked upon his own solo musical career by producing music described as “instrumental shoegaze jazz.” Ropeadope Records (DJ Logic, Christian McBride, Charlie Hunter, and Medeski, Martin, and Wood) released Teddy’s debut solo recordings Blueprint of Soul. The album consists of songs written in a stream of consciousness, tracks done in one take, and unforgettable improvisational grooves. The result is a funky Friday-night party record, honored as a Critic's Pick Top 10 Album of 2007 by All About Jazz.
Since his debut recordings, Teddy has led several formations of his own band across the US, and has shared the stage with other current guitar masters such as David 'Fuze' Fiuczynski, Fareed Haque, and John Scofield and performed at festivals including the Saint Louis Jazz Festival and 10,000 Lakes Festival. He has released several more albums to critical acclaim and has found international recognition with the remixes of his album Outcries From a Sea of Red being released on Timewarp Music.
The music of Teddy Presberg has another important characteristic: it’s environmentally friendly. His touring is greenhouse gas free and endorsed by the eco-cool clothing company Nau.
Currently, Teddy is performing in support of his latest album, Apocalypse Yesterday, and producing albums through his production company Outright Music.
The baddest soul jazz guitarist you’ve never heard of. - Arch Magazine
Blueprint of Soul: Critic's Pick Top 10 Album of 2007 - All About Jazz
There is power to his playing, a thunderous sound that will rattle you to the core. - Loudvine
Like a storyteller, he spins effortless yarns written in jazz and punctuated with funk, calling for his listeners to follow him on his journey. Fresh and fluid yet rooted and evocative, his music simply tries to say what he feels must be said. - KDHX
Whispering sweet psychedelic nothings through his jazz grooved riffs and soulful guitar funk, Teddy has opened a vast arena of excitement. - Maximum Ink
A stunning glimpse of the soul-shattering power of emotive musical construction. - Metro Spirit
Celebrating jazz’s eclectic spirit. - Shepherd Express
A celebration of movement and of muscular momentum. This is pure funk. - Saint Louis Magazine
An impressive excursion into the instrumental psychedelic jam rock realm. - Maximum Ink
Refreshingly entertaining, stylistic and playfully off-center. - The Jazz Review
A haunting, richly assembled work of stripped down improvisational jazz. - The Muse’s Muse
Saint Louis, MO