Tef London is the birth of an emerging wave of ska music based out of entertainment metro, Orlando, FL. While ska bands of the past have reggae and Jamaican influences, Tef London is guided by an invigorating mix of American music like swing and dixieland. The band boasts an incredible 4-piece horn section, comprised of some of the best local jazz musicians and features complex, big-band horn lines and a magnetic sound. With shout vocals, a rockin' female lead on bass, and a kicking rhythm section, Tef London has sold out shows across the state of Florida.
The suit and tie ensemble plays both ska favorites and original music which has filled a niche for innovative ska music. With influences like Reel Big Fish, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Streetlight Manifesto and Squirrel Nut Zippers, Tef London continues to make their mark across the state of Florida.
Founded by Jenny Morrison (Bass) and Chris King (Trumpet) in 2010, the band was formed based on a mutual passion for ska music. The band features members who are well known throughout Central Florida for their work as professional musicians in the community and collectively hold several degrees in music performance, music composition, recording arts, music education, and music business. The band highlights their incredible performers with riveting solos and throwbacks to jazz and ragtime music.
In September 2010, Tef London (formerly called Teflon Don) shot a low budget music video for their single, “One for the Drinkers” which was featured on Blank TV, he largest collection of punk, ska, oi, hardcore and indie music videos anywhere! Punknews.org featured Tef London on their news page for their DIY philosophy and independent music video release.
Tef London has opened for myriad of national acts including Big D & the Kids Table, Anberlin, J. Cole, The Pietasters, Mustard Plug, The Supervillains, Fishbone, Whole Wheat Bread, The English Beat, We The Kings and more! The "suit and tie" ensemble continues to perform across the state at large festivals and venues. This riveting ska band has been featured in Connections Magazine twice in 2011 with rave reviews and was voted in the Orlando Weekly Reader's Poll for Best Ska/Reggae Act in both 2011 AND 2012. Tef London has been nominated for awards by the Singer Songwriter Association in 2011 and 2012 for most unique band, in 2011 for songwriter of the year (Jenny Morrison), and in 2012 for musician of the year (Chris King).
Members of the band performed in the video for ESPN's Monday Night Football with Hank Williams Jr., to be aired in the beginning of each game, but after 3 airings, was pulled off the air for political reasons.
In 2013, the band changed their name from Teflon Don to Tef London because of the connotation with Memphis amateur rapper by the same name. "It was time to make some changes," says Jenny. "He made it a point that he didn't want to support aspiring musician's careers and we just didn't want to be associated with the bad guy." "It was either fight for what was right and spend all we have or take a deep breath, and let it all go." The name change brought on a significant set of line up changes, including switching from a male vocalist to a female vocalist, and the return of world-famous trombone player, Clay Lucovich.
The response to the changes has been overwhelmingly positive with a flooded inbox for show and booking requests. The band is currently in the studio recording their second EP.