(excerpted from his website:)
Tenor and soprano saxophonist Tedd Baker brings raw energy to every performance. Both a composer and performer, Tedd’s all-original debut CD “Mugshots” was released in 2006.
Born in Binghamton, NY, Tedd Baker was raised near Boston, MA and started learning music by singing in a Baptist church where his mother played piano and organ. It was there he began playing piano at 6 and switched to the tenor saxophone at 10. He began his professional career during high school playing sax in festivals and nightclubs around Boston. He then attended New England Conservatory on a scholarship earning his Bachelor’s degree in 1996. After a tour through the Middle East with a jazz trio, Tedd moved to Queens, NY in 1998 to attend the Aaron Copeland School of Music, Queens College where he earned his Master’s degree in 2001. While at Queens College, he placed first in the 2000 Hilton Head Jazz Society Competition. In 2001, he was chosen as a Jazz Ambassador for the US Department of State, touring South America, Central America and Jamaica as a member of the Doron Richard Johnson Trio.
In 2001, he was chosen as a Jazz Ambassador for the US Department of State, touring South America, Central America and Jamaica…As a freelance saxophonist, Tedd has been privileged to work with many great artists including Barry Harris, David Sanborn, Slide Hampton, Eddie Daniels, Jon Faddis, Josh Groban, Darren Barrett, George Duke, Vanessa Rubin, Duane Eubanks, Donnie McCaslin, Jeremy Pelt, Victor Lewis, Essiet Essiet, Michael Mossman, Butch Warren, Pete Yellin, Arturo O’Farrill, and Gene Lake among others. His resume also includes performances with the Artie Shaw Orchestra, Washington Jazz Orchestra, Harry James Orchestra, Frank Carlberg/Andrew Rathbun Orchestra, and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra under the direction of David Baker. “Mugshots” received rave reviews from JazzTimes, and All About Jazz.
His all-original debut CD “Mugshots” received rave reviews from JazzTimes, and All About Jazz. Tedd plans to release a follow up live cd soon. He is also featured on The Taylor/ Fidyk Big Band “Live At Blues Alley,” The Doug Hamilton Jazz Band’s self-titled debut CD, Ryan Haines Big Band “New Horizons,” and The Young Lions “Ibrahim’s Dream Recorded Live At Cafe Nema, DC” and “Live At Bohemian Caverns.”
Tedd is currently the lead tenor saxophonist with The Airmen of Note, which is the premiere jazz orchestra of the USAF Band, Bolling Air Force Base, Washington, DC (www.usafband.com). As a member of the Airmen of Note, he has performed with numerous renown artists including Ron Carter, Pat Martino, Nnenna Freelon, Eddie Palmieri, Duffy Jackson, Nicholas Payton, Doc Severinsen, BeBe Winans, Paquito D’Rivera, Rufus Reed, Phil Woods, and Butch Miles.