WASHINGTON, D.C. - This week's Opening Act was Tedd Baker Straight Ahead. Tedd Baker has worked with a wide variety of jazz greats and contemporary artists including Barry Harris, George Duke, David Sanborn, Slide Hampton, Eddie Daniels, Jon Faddis, Vanessa Rubin, Jason Moran, Duane Eubanks, Josh Groban, Wycliffe Gordon, and more.
Tedd Baker began playing professionally in Boston as a teenager. He placed first in the 2000 Hilton Head Jazz Society Competition. In 2001 he was chosen for the US Department of State Jazz Ambassador Program, touring South America, Central America and Jamaica as a member of the Doron Richard Johnson Trio. In 2002 he joined the Airmen of Note, USAF Band, Washington, D.C. Tedd Baker's all-original 2006 debut CD “Mugshots” received rave reviews from JazzTimes, and All About Jazz. Tedd's latest release "Duos Volume 1" is a reverent nod to the classic duo configuration, and features tenor/soprano saxophone paired in various duo settings with piano, bass, drums, guitar, and voice.
Tedd performed at Jojo Restaurant and Bar. JoJo Restaurant and Bar is easy to spot–just look for the beautiful banner out front. Inside, small lit candles adorn the tables. Crowds of people who have braved the steamy Washington D.C. air all day settle in for a relaxing evening. As night descends upon the U Street Corridor, locals and visitors alike come to JoJo’s, anticipating live jazz music as the first sweet strains reach the sidewalk and street beyond.