Teddy Presberg has been playing guitar ever since he had a thumb to hitch-hike his way into the downtown St. Louis jazz and blues scene. After a recent eight-year stint in the West Coast music scene, Teddy makes his home once again in St. Louis, Missouri.
Teddy roots his music in improvisation, inspired by the moment and the audience. Often compared to the funky, soulful jazz musicians such as Grant Green and Eddie Harris, you also hear artists such as The White Stripes and Beck influence his sound. His music is fresh, ever evolving, and lays out his immediate and unfiltered response to our society and times.
Teddy is known for speaking his own language on the guitar. He’s not flashy with in-your-face chops. He can own one note, and with that note, you know exactly what he means. Teddy plays for the moment, never repeating himself – risking the falls to reach the musical highs.
Ropeadope Records (DJ Logic, Christian McBride, Charlie Hunter, and Medeski, Martin, and Wood) released Teddy’s debut solo recordings: “Blueprint of Soul.” The album consists of songs written in a stream of consciousness, tracks done in one take, and unforgettable improvisational grooves. The result is a funky Friday-night party record, honored as a Critic's Pick Top 10 Album of 2007 by All About Jazz.
The Summer of 2009 welcomed Teddy’s newest musical contribution: “Outcries from a Sea of Red.” A more experimental yet more polished approach to Teddy’s music. This long-awaited genre-bending album put Teddy on his second national tour.
Teddy has shared the stage with other current guitar masters such as David 'Fuze' Fiuczynski, Fareed Haque, and John Scofield and performed at festivals including the Saint Louis Jazz Festival and 10,000 Lakes Festival.
The music of Teddy Presberg has another important characteristic: it is environmentally friendly. His touring is greenhouse gas free and endorsed by the eco-cool clothing company Nau. Teddy was also a part of the “Keep it Simple Tour” which was co-sponsored by the town of Alta, UT, and the eco-friendly organic bar producer Clif Bar. Teddy is also currently endorsed by Bulleit Bourbon.
Currently, Teddy is performing in support of his latest album all around the United States and producing musical projects in the entertainment industry.