by Nick Christophers
There are few old-school artists who have sustained their musical excellence. Ted Wender happens to be one of them. The prolific keyboardist, singer, arranger, producer and songwriter has made a mark on the Long Island music scene. Ted has managed to adapt to the times from performing with rock bands to producing artists. His desire to learn more about various genres has enabled him to diversify in the digital age.
During his journey in the music scene he had the opportunity to tour with some legendary artists. After he founded the band 3-D that were signed to Polydor Records the group opened for such acts like Cars and J. Geils Band. His new wave band would soon take the stage at the famous club Ritz and the band that opened for them was the soon to be power-house band U2. Their performance would land them on SNL.
“SNL was a real great experience. We got to share the stage with the original cast. Steve Martin was the guest host, and the other musical guest was Paul McCartney. It was a big night. We were picked up in a limo and then were part of a wonderful after party! I also played on some National Lampoon records and got to be friendly with Bill Murray and John Belushi!!”
Ted’s extensive knowledge of music became evident as he opened recording studios in the New York City area over the years. There he produced artists of all genres from R&B to indie rock. Being the first to use a synthesizer he was sought after for his skills and played for acts like Albert King, Gordon Waller, Ray Draper, Gary Stewart, Michael Powers and Loudon Wainwright III and more.
His talents would open other doors for him to bigger things. One of them was writing song parodies on Howard Stern’s A&E show. As a writer he saw success with hits like “What The Funk” and “Get Up And Dance” for The Memphis Horns / Doobie Brothers on RCA. Ted saw his career begin to blossom with all his musical accomplishments. He soon split his band responsibilities with two projects Jazzmatick (a studio project) and the Red White & Blues Band that he tours with.
Presently, he released a new single called “Peace Will Come” which is a heartfelt track whose purpose was to spread hope, faith, love and equality for our current times. It was produced with Neil Rosengarden, co-produced by Chris “The Fourz” Brown.
“Peace Will Come” rings true today more than ever! The song speaks of the brotherhood of man. We need to just stop fighting and get our act together for our children! It’s a soundtrack to change and I’m glad we’re part of it!”
The single is part of the upcoming original album “Theo” which will be released around Christmas time. Ted worked on the album with the studio project Jazzmatik. They released an earlier album entitled “RADAR” in September of 2020. With the other band Red White & Blues Band they put out a single in 2020 called “Good Time Charlie” and they are also gearing up to release a full album.
As for now Ted is working in the studio until it is deemed safe to play live with both bands. Ted has come a long way and has never lifted his foot off the pedal. A hard-core musician who loves to share it with others. You can find “Peace Will Come” on all musical platforms.