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 toured South America, Central America, and Jamaica for the U.S. Department of State Jazz Ambassador Program as a member of the Doron Richard Johnson Trio.
Outside the Airmen of Note, Baker has been privileged to work with a wide variety of jazz greats and contemporary artists including Barry Harris, George Duke, David Sanborn, Slide Hampton, Eddie Daniels, Jon Faddis, Vanessa Rubin, Jason Moran, Duane Eubanks, Josh Groban, Wycliffe Gordon, Fitz and The Tantrums, Mason Bates, Darren Barrett, Warren Wolf, Donnie McCaslin, Jeremy Pelt, Victor Lewis, Michael Mossman, Butch Warren, and Pete Yellin among others. He has also performed and/or recorded with New York Voices, Bobby Caldwell, Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra under the direction of David Baker, Bohemian Caverns All-Stars, Amina Figarova Sextet, Artie Shaw Orchestra, Alan Baylock Orchestra, and the Frank Carlberg/Andrew Rathbun Orchestra. In addition, Baker's recordings "Mugshots," and "Duos Vol. 1" have received rave reviews from JazzTimes, All About Jazz, and Washington Post.
Baker's Air Force career highlights include Operation Desert Greetings, the Jazz Heritage Series concerts with Ron Carter, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Joe Locke, Branford Marsalis 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."