Ted Shumate

Ted Shumate circa 1980Ted Shumate 2013 with Benny - Bay Photography (Panama City, FLGuitarist, composer, and recording artist Ted Shumate was born in Meridian, Mississippi. His earliest musical experiences were gospel and native Delta Blues. At the age of four, his family moved to Florida where he graduated (with honors) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Jazz Studies and Music Composition from Eckerd College. Ted moved to Los Angeles in 1980 to attend the Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT).

From 1983-88 Ted was hired as a full-time bandleader/guitarist at the Hurricane Jazz Club in Passagrille, Florida, followed by numerous Jazz festivals and international tours. He has played/recorded with: Nat Adderley (for 10 years), Ira Sullivan, Kenny Drew Jr., Joey Barron, Peter Erskine, Branford Marsalis, Al DiMeola, Gumbi Ortiz, Longineu Parsons, Wynton Marsalis and many others.

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Ted Shumate with his BENNY model 2013, photo by Bay Photography (Panama City, FL.)

Below, Ted with his 1980 Cremona model and his Violinburst Benny (S2081).

Ted Shumate Benny S2081 4-5-13Ted Shumate 4-5-13 Savannah with Benny VB S2081Howard Paul and Ted Shumate BG 4-5-13 Stephanie Ward PicBob Benedetto and Ted Shumate, Savannah, GA Apri 2013Ted Shumate with Benedetto CremonaTed Shumate on Benedetto with Joe PassGIT reunion class of 1978GIT  Diorio Shumate Watson Eschete with their Benedettos 1981 Ted Shumate closeup on BennyTed Shumate 21 BlueTed Shumate circa 1981 montage with Benedetto LimeliteTed Shumate Chord Concepts 1985 REH PublicationsTed Shumate closeup on 1980 Benedetto CremonaTed Shumate Ira Sullivan 1986 Gulstream album montageTed Shumate El Toque Delamor CDLes Wise Joe Diorio Ted Shumate Mark Fox with their Benedettos circa 1980 at GIT