Different Shade of Blue
Florida based guitarist and composer, Ted Shumate, announces the release of his newest CD. He is joined by some of the top musicians in the smooth jazz genre on 'A Different Shade of Blue.' This project features: Ron Reinhardt: Keyboardist, composer, music director for Richard Elliot Longineu Parsons: Trumpet, flugelhorn, flautist, recording artist with Nancy Wilson Patrick Bettison: Bassist and former music director for Acoustic Alchemy Dave Reinhardt: Drummer and percussionist for various smooth jazz artists, such as Peter White, Richard Elliott and others Shumate takes the listener on a musical journey through many different shades of blue. Just as there are many different shades of colors that our eyes perceive in the visual arts, there are many different shades of colors that our ears perceive in music. The compositions here are not traditional blues forms, but were written in the spirit of the blues, and reveal themselves in many different musical shades and styles. Guitarist, composer, and recording artist Ted Shumate was born in Meridian, Mississippi. His earliest musical experiences were the gospel music of the Southern Baptist Church and native Delta Blues. At the age of four, his family moved to the musically rich state of Florida. The great migration of Cubans, South Americans, and other Caribbean nationals in the early 60s brought a wide variety of experiences to the young musician to absorb, and would later help shape his musical personality. During the time Ted lived in Florida, he attended elementary school, high school, and college. He graduated (with honors) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Jazz Studies and Music Composition from Eckerd College. Ted moved to Los Angeles, California in 1980 to attend the Guitar Institute of Technology. Upon his graduation, he was hired as an instructor at G.I.T. while also playing and recording in the Los Angeles area. In 1983 Ted was hired as a full-time bandleader/guitarist at the Hurricane Jazz Club in Passagrille, Florida. After a successful five-year stint at the Hurricane, Ted left to do numerous Jazz festivals and international tours when his 1987 release, 'Gulfstream' (Pausa Records) with jazz legend Ira Sullivan made the top 10 jazz charts in the U.S.A. and abroad. Some of the noted musicians that Ted has played and/or recorded with are: Nat Adderley for 10 years, Ira Sullivan, Red Rodney, Jimmy Cobb, Kenny Drew Jr., Joey Barron, Peter Erskine, Branford Marsalis, Lucky Peterson, Sonny Fortune, Larry Willis, Al DiMeola, Walter Booker, Kenny Werner, Gary Dial, Gumbi Ortiz, Jerry Fuller, Longineu Parsons, Wynton Marsalis and many others. Ted has written a guitar instructional book titled 'Chord Concepts,' a guitar instructional manual (distributed by Hal Leonard Publications), that is used in colleges and universities worldwide. Ted has recorded 6 CDs under his own name, his most recent being 'A Different Shade of Blue.' He has played on countless other CDs by numerous artists in the U.S.A. and abroad.