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Since moving to New York City in 2003, drummer / composer Ted Poor has quickly established himself as a new voice on the jazz/improvised music scene. Jazz Review writes, [Ted] has an uncanny ability to shape the music and a refreshingly unique, organic approach to playing the drums. This unique approach has caught the ears of many of the city's most established musicians. Ted is a regular member of the Ben Monder Quartet, the Cuong Vu Trio, the David Berkman Quartet and the Jeromoe Sabbagh Quartet. In addition, Ted has recently worked as a sideman along side Chris Potter, Bill Frisell, Maria Schneider, Kermit Driscoll, Kate McGary, Marc Ducret, David Fiuczynski, Rich Perry, Joe Locke, Wycliffe Gordon and John McNeil. Ted has toured extensively as a sideman or leader/guest soloist in Europe, the US, and Korea.
Ted grew up outside of Rochester, NY and attended the Eastman School of Music from 1999-2003 (BM '03). There he studied drumset with Rich Thompson and percussion with John Beck. While at Eastman, Ted joined with several bands that are now active in the NYC area and abroad. They include the Respect Sextet, Neos, the Ike Sturm Ensemble, Christine Hagan and Jerseyband.
As a leader, Ted has released a debut CD entitled All Around (Trier 2003). Most recently he has formed Third Wheel, a dynamic trio featuring Ben Monder and Ralph Alessi. Ted is also a founding member of the Brooklyn Jazz Underground. BJU is a collective of independent bandleaders with a shared commitment to improvised music. Through cooperative effort, members of the BJU strive to create greater awareness of their work.