Born: October 8, 1961 Primary Instrument: Piano
Originally from California, San Francisco Bay Area, Ted Kooshian has been living in New York since 1987. Since then he has apportioned his time among jazz gigs, composing, Broadway pits, tours, recording, and teaching. In the New York area, Ted has performed at Radio City Music Hall, the Rainbow Room, BB King’s, Birdland, the Beacon Theater, Smoke, the Iridium, and Jones Beach. He has played for several Broadway shows, including “The Lion King,” “Mamma Mia,” and “Spamalot.” He has played at the Detroit Jazz Festival, the Syracuse Jazz Festival, JVC Jazz Festival, Sun Valley Jazz Festival, and the Panasonic Jazz Festival; also jazz festivals in Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia. He has toured or played in concert with Aretha Franklin, Chuck Berry, Toni Braxton, Marvin Hamlisch, Sarah Brightman, and “Blood, Sweat, and Tears.” He plays occasionally as a guest with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Ted is a member of several current New York bands including The Ed Palermo Big Band, Rick Wald's NYC/16, and Judy Barnett's Jazz-a-teria. He has released three CD's; Clockwork (2004), Ted Kooshian's Standard Orbit Quartet (2008), and Underdog, And Other Stories... (2009).
The quality of musicianship is outstanding and the
arrangements are fresh, inventive, and genius. ~
Valerie Williams, Skope
Hip, hip, hooray for musical insanity done right. ~ Chris
Spector, Midwest Record
Kooshian's vision is the same as Miles Davis or John
Coltrane when they covered popular music of the 1950's or
Broadway hits. ~
Mark Corroto, AllAboutJazz.com
Ear opening contemporary jazz that doesn’t let you down -
Chris Spector, Midwest Record
“...serious musicianship with a tongue in cheek approach - Great Music! - Christopher Lams, Jazz Improv Magazine
Ted Kooshian “Ted Kooshian’s Standard Orbit Quartet”
Ted Kooshian “Clockwork”
Michael Andrew “A Swingerhead Christmas”
Ed Palermo Big Band “Plays The Music of Frank Zappa”
Ed Palermo Big Band “Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance”
Ed Palermo Big Band "Eddy Loves Frank"
Alexis P. Suter Band “Just Another Fool”
Judy Barnett “Swingin”
Judy Barnett “The Road to my Heart”
Judy Barnett “Too Darn Hot”
Rick Wald “Aural Heiroglyphics”
Rick Wald 16NYC “Castaneda’s Dreams”
Rick Wald 16NYC "Play That Thing"
Scott Whitfield “Speaking of Love”
Ray Marchica “A Different View”
various artists “Welcome to the Jazz Café”
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Willing to teach:
I have been teaching piano for 30 years. I teach all levels, and many styles (classical, jazz, pop, etc). I am good with beginners (2nd grade through adult). Lessons can be at my home or yours. I teach music theory along with piano technique. Rates: At my home, or if you live in my vicinity in Brooklyn, a half-hour lesson is $40, an hour is $75. If I have to travel a distance, an additional fee will apply.