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Theo Saunders
Theo (Ted), a native New Yorker, attended the High School of Performing Arts where he got the jazz bug and spent several years at New York University before leaving to pursue his jazz calling. Besides working in NYC, he also lived and worked in Boston, Montreal, and Cincinnati. He was professionally known as Teddy or Ted Saunders until 1985 when he decided to use the name Theo because it felt closer to his European/Russian heritage. He first moved to Los Angeles in 1974 and returned to NYC in 1980. He spent 5 years there before permanently moving back to Southern California in 1985.
Theo's musical odyssey has taken him to five continents and more than 25 countries. He has performed in many of the world's most prestigious jazz festivals, concert halls and night clubs, with distinguished jazz artists including: Freddie Hubbard, Carla Bley, Eddie Harris, Dave Stryker, John Abercrombie, and many more.
His diverse musical activities have included musical director for opera and dance productions, for cabaret singers, and international musical theatre. He has played with many well known Latin, R&B, and rock artists, including Claudio Roditi, Victor Brasil, Ray Mantilla, Willie Bobo, Bobby Matos, Raul De Souza, Ray Armando,Claudio Caribe, Guillerme Franco, Bobby Rodriguez, Gladys Knight, Four Tops, Elephants Memory, and is a former member (piano) of the Jazz Tap Ensemble. He also has performed in collaboration with poet David Meltzer and assemblage artist George Herms. As a composer, Theo has numerous jazz and rock compositions to his credit as well as original scores for dance, theatre, radio and multimedia production.
homepage: theosaunders.com


188th NDR Jazz Workshop Hamburg 1984
recorded 1984
Carla Bley, conductor
Tony De Grady, tenor sax
Gary Valente, trombone
Michael Mantler, trumpet
Bob Stewart, tuba
Vincent Chancey, French horn
Steve Slagle, flute
Ted Saunders, piano, organ
Steve Swallow, bass
Victor Lewis, drums

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