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Ted Hefko and The Thousandaires bring original stories to life with the spontaneity of jazz, the bare-bones sensibility of early folk and the vibrancy of New Orleans. Their critically praised 2015 release, Distillations of The Blues, has been playing frequently on blues radio stations throughout North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
Born in Madison, Wisconsin, Ted Hefko moved to New Orleans on a Greyhound Bus when he was 18 and fresh out of high school. He rode next to a Memphis call-girl, nearly twice his age, who entertained him with stories of the ins and outs of her business. Ted began writing song lyrics when he was in second grade and picked up the guitar a couple years later along with any instrument he could get his hands on, from violin to keyboard and banjo. Saxophone was offered in sixth grade band. As a young adult, Ted wanted to dig a little deeper into modern jazz at The University of New Orleans. There he chose saxophone over guitar as his primary instrument. That choice led to ten years of working as a free-lance horn player in New Orleans and New York, before song writing and the guitar began calling him back. His original act encompasses the full range of these experiences. Ted strums a guitar while he sings his lyrics before switching to tenor sax or clarinet for his solos. After several years living Brooklyn, Ted is happy to once again reside in his musical home: New Orleans, Louisiana.