A superior modern mainstream jazz pianist with a sound of his own, Ted Rosenthal has already accomplished a great deal in his career. Born in Great Neck, New York, he started out playing the piano by ear. When he was 12, he began piano lessons with former Woody Herman sideman Tony Aless. In high school, Rosenthal had opportunities to study briefly with Jaki Byard and Lennie Tristano. He studied classical music at the Manhattan School of Music. Rosenthal gained attention in 1988 when he won the Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition, leading to the recording of his first CD, New Tunes, New Traditions for the Ken label in 1990. Rosenthal toured and recorded with the last Gerry Mulligan Quartet in the early 1990s.
After Mulligan passed away, Rosenthal became the musical director of the Gerry Mulligan All Star Tribute Band, which recorded a CD in 1998. Rosenthal has also worked with Art Farmer, Jon Faddis, Benny Golson, James Moody, Jim Hall, Phil Woods, Mel Lewis, Lee Konitz, Michael Brecker, David Sanborn, Wycliffe Gordon, Jay Leonhart, Larry Coryell, Wynton Marsalis’ Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Mark Murphy, Helen Merrill and Ann Hampton Callaway. He teaches at Juilliard and the Manhattan School Of Music and has been featured with pops and symphony orchestras. Rosenthal has recorded more than 10 CDs as a leader for Ken, CTI, the Jazz Alliance, Concord, Playscape, Jazz ‘N Pulz, Planet Arts and Tokuma.