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Some people—the lucky ones—just know, very early on, who they are. Ted Chubb was still in his teens when he realized music was his calling. “When I was 10, the band instruments were demonstrated at school and it was never a question of if I was going to play, only which one,” he says. “For some reason the trumpet just felt like my voice. Once I began playing, it felt a part of me.”

For more than two decades now, music—specifically jazz—has defined Ted Chubb. The multi-faceted artist has not only expressed himself as a trumpeter but has also displayed a unique voice as a composer. He has served as both bandleader and sideman and has worked as an educator and music director/administrator. Since the beginning of his career, his wide-ranging diversity and a ceaseless drive to fine-tune his craft and pay it forward have marked his approach. On his own recordings—2009’s New Tricks, with saxophonist Mike Lee, 2011’s Alternate Side and, most recently, his brand-new album Gratified Never Satisfied—and in his work with others, Chubb has demonstrated an innate ability to adapt his knowledge, talent and worldliness to every aspect of his art and work.

Chubb grew up surrounded by music. He was born in Ohio, his mother a cellist, pianist and soprano singer. “I sang in church choirs, played Suziki violin for a short time and took piano lessons,” he says. “We were always going to local concerts that my mother was playing in. As a child it was not uncommon in my house at family gatherings for everyone to be around the piano singing as my mother or grandmother played.”

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“Chubb a keen thoughtful soloist, was evocative on “Blue and Green.” He mixed hard hitting ideas with those that were tender, each one a smart melodic package” Zan Stewart/The Star Ledger

“Ted is a great talent and very clearly dedicated to the music. The sound of his trumpet commands the listener to tune in. Carmen Lundy/vocalist and recording artist

“One of my favorite trumpet players” Cecil Brooks III/drummer, producer, club owner

“Chubb, with a soft to gritty sound offered both swinging and abstract leaning ideas.” Zan Stewart/The Star Ledger

Of course the evening belonged to the hometown hero Ted Chubb as his technique was impeccable and virtuostic (“Shortstops” and “Ah-Lu-Cha”) and one here is reminded of trumpeters Dizzy Gillespie and Freddie Hubbard. Tim Kalil/pianist, educator, writer

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Album Message from Groove and GW by Radam Schwartz

Message from Groove...

Arabesque Jazz
2020

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Album Gratified Never Satisfied by Ted Chubb

Gratified Never...

Unit Records
2017

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Album Alternate Side by Ted Chubb

Alternate Side

New Tricks Records
2011

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