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.
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