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Featuring guitarist Neil Flink of Toronto, Ontario, bassist Brian Vinson of Louisville, Kentucky, and Norman Edwards Jr. of West Hempstead, New York on drums, 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. From a home base in Brooklyn, NY, Ted Hefko and The Thousandaires tour a wide swath of the country from New Orleans, Louisiana, to Thomas West Virginia, to Tulsa Oklahoma, and Nashville, Tennessee. Their 2009 release, Egyptland, and their 2011 release, If I Walked On Water, were both well received by the press. The Thousandaires are looking forward to releasing a brand new album of original music in fall 2014, with some extra special guests from New Orleans joining the band on horns.
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.