Master Sgt. Tedd Baker is a tenor saxophonist with the Airmen of Note, The United States Air Force Band, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C. Originally from Marshfield, Massachusetts, Baker's career in the Air Force began in 2002.
Baker began playing professionally in Boston as a teenager. He then attended New England Conservatory on a scholarship earning a bachelor's degree. After a tour through the Middle East with a jazz trio, he moved to Queens, New York to attend the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, where he earned his master's degree in 2001. While at Queens College, he placed first in the 2000 Hilton Head Jazz Society Competition. In 2001, he was chosen for the U.S. Department of State Jazz Ambassador Program, touring South America, Central America and Jamaica as a member of the Doron Richard Johnson Trio.
As a freelance saxophonist, Baker has been privileged to work with many great artists including Barry Harris, David Sanborn, Slide Hampton, Eddie Daniels, Jon Faddis, Josh Groban, George Duke, Vanessa Rubin, Duane Eubanks, Donnie McCaslin, Jeremy Pelt, Victor Lewis, Essiet Essiet, Michael Mossman, Butch Warren, Pete Yellin, Arturo O'Farrill, and Gene Lake. His resume also includes performances with Fitz and the Tantrums, the Artie Shaw Orchestra, Washington Jazz Orchestra, Harry James Orchestra, Frank Carlberg/Andrew Rathbun Orchestra, and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra under the direction of David Baker. In addition, Baker's all-original debut CD received rave reviews from JazzTimes, and All About Jazz.
Baker's Air Force career highlights include Operation Desert Greetings, the Jazz Heritage Series concerts with Ron Carter, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Joe Locke, Al Jarreau and Terell Stafford as well as having features at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention with Peter Erskine, Steve Smith, and Johnny Vidacovich. Festival performances include Lionel Hampton (with guest Stefon Harris), Atlanta and Detroit Jazz Festivals. Baker also participated in several Airmen of Note recordings including "Airmen of Note Live," "Airmen of Note," and "Veterans of Jazz."