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Ted Hefko

Ted Hefko and his band The Thousandaires bring original stories to life with the spontaneity of jazz, the bare-bones sensibility of early folk and the vibrancy of New Orleans. Ted Hefko and The Thousandaires encompasses the full range of his musical experiences and talents, with Ted strumming a guitar while he sings his original lyrics before switching to tenor sax or clarinet for his solos.

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”[Distillations of the Blues] delivers introspective lyricism with a cabaret swagger, capturing a range of emotion - the star attraction here is Hefko’s showcase of multi-instrument prowess.” Frank Etheridge in Offbeat September 29, 2015

“A wonderfully wild ride, this is a distillation of what it is to make an underground record that somehow everyone finds out about. From the heart and the gut as well as the cerebellum, this is simply a gasser that'll keep you on board and wondering if you heard what you think you just heard.” Midwest Record, May 18. 2015

“[Distillations Of The Blues] was recorded in Brooklyn and New Orleans and immerses you in an atmosphere bluesy, jazzy swing and country twangs

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Primary Instrument

Sax, tenor


New York, NY

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced

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