Ted Crosby is a saxophonist and clarinetist based in Toronto, Ontario. Originally from northwestern Vermont, Ted moved to Montreal in 2007 to pursue a jazz performance degree at McGill University. At McGill, he studied with saxophonists’ Remi Bolduc and Frank Lozano and the drummer Chris McCann as well as being given the opportunity to perform with visiting artists such as Joe Lovano, Jim McNeely, John Taylor, Phil Dwyer, Ben Monder, Tim Ries, and Joe LaBarbera.
Since graduating with a B. Mus in 2011, Ted has been active on the Canadian creative music scene both as a bandleader and sideman. His group the Revival Ensemble, a large ensemble that reinterprets older musical works in a modern way and six-piece jazz-rock group Nomad have played at major festivals and regularly release and perform new, original music. As a freelancer, Ted is a musical chameleon playing several instruments and collaborating with everybody from indy rock star Leif Vollebekk and singer-songwriters Sam Tudor and Isla Craig to modern jazz groups like Harley Card’s Sunset Ensemble and the Matt Newton Quartet.
As an improviser, Ted has fostered creative partnerships with many musicians across Canada and has performed in ad hoc ensembles with Peggy Lee, Tony Wilson, Elisa Thorn, Dylan Van Der Schyff, Karen Ng, Joe Sorbara, Pierre Tanguay, Nick Fraser, Mili Hong, and Lina Allemano, among others.
Get to know Ted…Beyond the Bio!
Hobbies: baking bread, playing shinny and basketball, gardening, playing Geoguessr, watching boatbuilding youtube videos.
Musical influences: John Coltrane, Stevie Wonder, Ornette Coleman, Paul Motian, Lester Young, Radiohead, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Igor Stravinsky
Favourite food: Anything fresh out of the garden!
Least favourite food: anchovies…
Favourite music: Hard question! So much!
Favourite song: Three way tie between Love In Need of Love – Stevie Wonder, Only Love Can Break Your Heart – Neil Young, and The Skye Boat Song – traditional scottish
Favourite movie: Moonstruck
Favouirite movie music: Theme to Moonstruck and/or anything by John Williams
Favourite musical theatre/opera: West Side Story
Best quote from your teacher: “When you play fast, you play what you know. When you play slow, you play who you are”
Favourite quote: “Hard to say not knowin”
Favourite book: His Dark Materials, Lord of the Rings