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The Swamp Funk Quartet is an Atlanta-based group specialising in New Orleans-influenced music – the swampy space where funk, soul, R&B and blues overlap. SFQ is guitarist and vocalist Ted Baumann, Todd Ague on keyboards and vocals, Jeff Donnenwerth on drums, Bill Smith on saxophones, and Ed Usher on bass. All are seasoned musicians who collectively have logged tens of thousands of professional performances.The experience and professionalism of the band’s members make SFQ a perfect choice for both traditional venues and settings where "volume control" is required. SFQ is a also an Atlanta festival favourite.
Ted Baumann (guitar and vocals) was born in the USA but spent most of his adult life in South Africa, where he became a successful musician. He was a member of several bands with national radio play, and much success at South Africa’s Grahamstown Arts Festival. He originally formed the Swamp Funk Quartet in 1995 as a “super-group” comprising members of some of SA’s best bands. Towards the end of his time in SA, Ted partnered with harmonica great Dave Ferguson to front blues-a-billy quartet The Lonesharks.
Todd Ague (Keyboards) has shared the stage and/or studio with jazz greats Earl Klugh, Branford Marsalis and Ike Stubblefield, along with band members of major acts including Jimmy Buffett, The Zac Brown Band, Bob Seger, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, Smokey Robinson, Eddie Money, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Third Eye Blind, Earth Wind & Fire, Donald Fagen, David Sanborn, George Benson, Eric Clapton, Prince, Richard Marx and Cher. An experienced producer, engineer, songwriter and music/vocal arranger, Todd has written, arranged and co-produced material for several major regional acts, including The Tropiholics, The Big Picture and Reverend Hookems.
Jeff Donnenwerth is a native of Minneapolis, and has been playing drums and percussion since the age of eight. Early musical influences range from Jean-Luc Ponty and Rush, to Jeff Lorber Fusion, Van Halen, and the Yellowjackets. Jeff's performing and recording experience spans a number of musical styles including blues, jazz fusion, country, r&b, reggae and rock. As drummer for Swamp Funk Quartet Jeff brings his passion for groove-based, pocket drumming to a musical setting that has a similar stylistic diversity. When not sitting behind the drums, Jeff serves as East Coast/Europe Advertising Director for New Bay Media’s titles Guitar Player, Bass Player, Keyboard and Electronic Musician magazines, calling on a wide range of clients including Gibson, Hammond, Bose, Zildjian, Aguilar and GHS to name a few.
Bill Smith (saxophones) was raised in Pittsburgh, a melting pot of jazz and blues. His father was a musician allowing him to start learning music at a very early age and began in 3rd grade. He fell in love with Jazz, RnB and even Rock n Roll sax, transcribing everything he could to learn their ideas. Bill attended Slippery Rock University and studied classical & jazz under the renown Terry Steele who easily had the top saxophone studio in the state. After graduation, Bill began traveling around the country at a young age playing with many regional and national acts which led him to Atlanta in 2009 where he is a regular on call performer.
Ed Usher (bass) has worked with a wide array of musicians including John Mellencamp, Wang Chung, Ben Harper, George Porter, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Soul Asylum, Drivin and Cryin, Matchbox 20, the Georgia Satellites, Hank Williams Jr., Jimmy Page, Joe Walsh, Mothers Finest, The Rossington Collins Band, Bachman Turner Overdrive, Dave Weckl, John Patatucci, Delbert McClinton, and Robin Trower. He has also recorded numerous jingles for major accounts, including Coca Cola, Miller Beer, and the United Way.