Ted Howe was born in Boston with a fascination for sound from the day he was born. A penchant for sound from a toddler may not always be a parent's dream. However, this love of sound grew as did that of the Red Sox from the attention he received from his Uncle Oly, who introduced him both to jazz and to baseball. Young TED listened to every jazz album he could find, attended many jazz concerts and quickly found his favorites amongst Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Louis Armstrong, Oscar Peterson, George Shearing, Dave Brubeck and Bill Evans.
Ironically, it was his younger sister, Donna, who received weekly house calls from Sid Tratenberg, a fine Boston pianist and teacher, while young TED listened to the lessons from upstairs.