Born: November 20, 1979 Primary Instrument: Guitar
Music rooted in improvisation, inspired by the moment and the audience.
Composer - Producer - Studio Guitarist - Eductator
Teddy Presberg’s music is an experimental mash of soul, funk, and rock n’roll - a blend of sounds described as shoegaze jazz. His live shows are rooted in improvisation, inspired by the moment and the audience. Often compared to the funky, soulful jazz musicians Grant Green and Eddie Harris, you also hear artists such as Jack White and Beck influence his sound. His music is fresh, ever evolving, and lays out his immediate and unfiltered response to our society and times (check out his Apocalypse Yesterday EP).
Presberg has released records stateside on Ropeadope Records (DJ Logic, Christian McBride, Charlie Hunter and Medeski, Martin, and Wood) and also internationally with Timewarp Records. His debut solo album was honored as a Critic's Pick Top 10 Album of 2007 by All About Jazz. He now releases his music exclusively through his own label Outright Music.
Presberg 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. His unique style is a highly sought after skill for studio sessions of all genres as seen through his large guest appearance list on albums ranging from country to hip-hop to folk.
Teddy has toured the US and shared the stage with other current guitar masters such as David 'Fuze' Fiuczynski, Fareed Haque, and John Scofield and performed everywhere from large festivals to intimate jazz clubs to fundraisers. Presberg constantly changes his band lineup with musicians to interpret him. One night you might see him perform with three vocalists and the next his classic instrumental organ trio formation.
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.
When not touring the US in support of his musical projects, Presberg is an award-winning composer who writes for advertising, TV and film, but also produces for other artists he admires through his production company Outright Music. He also teaches music lessons and provides music consulting in Portland, OR and worldwide via Skype.
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