Guitarist, 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.
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).