We're here to offer a refreshing alternative to the standard wedding band with swinging sets of Jazz, Blues, Dixieland, Country, New Orleans Funk and Roots Rock and we're always happy to add a few of your favorites to add to the list. Ted Hefko's New Orleans Band consists of myself on Vocals, Sax & Clarinet and Acoustic Guitar along with electric guitar, electric bass, keyboard and drums/vocals with the addition of horns for larger events.
Price Range: $500-$5000
Insurance: $1,000,000 - We are happy to provide proof of liability insurance upon request.
What to Expect
Ted Hefko's New Orleans Band as performed at well over one hundred events of all shapes and sizes. We are professional, easy to communicate with and ready for the unexpected. From solo acoustic guitar to classical ceremony music, to instrumental jazz trios, to a full size New Orleans Rhythm and Blues Band for dancing, groovin' and outdoor festival performances we aim to please. I sing and play sax, clarinet, flute and acoustic guitar and i bring together the best New Orleans talent I can muster. Our regular line-up features myself along with lead guitar, keys, bass and drums. We are always happy to add a female singer or a full horn section to add to the excitement.
When I was in my twenties and early thirties, I played sax and woodwinds in a lot of standard wedding bands and booked some myself as the leader of a jazz trio, playing standards and singing a few Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Fats Waller tunes. At the same time, I was listening to a lot of Bob Dylan and other folk rock and working on my songwriting. The classic disco and motown wedding bands sound great on those kinds of songs, but when we got a request for a Bob Dylan song for a first dance, or a jazz songs they fell short. I got married in my early thirties, it was easy for me to identify with the young couples choosing bands and I realized that some of them wanted something different and that was something I could offer. I lived in New York City at the time and the first full blown event gigs I led, we offered a unique blend of Folk Rock and Country, Jazz of all styles and somewhere in the middle the New Orleans repertoire I cut my teeth on. Since that time, we've played over one hundred events. Our repertoire has continued to expand and I've become a seasoned band leader who can deliver with consistency and professionalism.
Ted Hefko and The Thousandaires have four albums of original market available on your favorite digital platform. In addition to our originals, we know a wide variety of covers and we're happy to add a couple of your favorites to the list.
Here are a few of my favorites:
Popcorn, Pop Pop - Jesse Hill
Qualified - Dr. John
Midnight Rider - Allmän Bros.
Hello Josephine - Fats Domino
Yes Indeed I'm in love again - Fats Domino
City of New Orleans - Steve Goodman
Big River - Johnny Cash
Aint' Gonna Give You None o My Jellyroll - Clarence and Spencer Williams
Hesitation Blues - Reverend Gary Davis
I Done Got Over It - Guitar Slim
That's Alright Mama - Earl "Big Boy" Kruddup
Spoonful - Howlin' Wolf
I'm Ready - Muddy Waters
Ophelia - The Band
Junko Partner - James Booker
Hey Pocky Way - The Meters
Certain Girl - Ernie K-Doe
I'm Walking - Fats Domino
Blue Monday - Fats Domino
Azalia - Duke Ellington
And It Stoned Me - Van Morrison
East of The Sun - Frank Sinatra
Si Tu Vois Ma Mere - Sidney Bechet
Struttin' with Some Barbecue - Louis Armstrong
Don't Think Twice It's Alright - Bob Dylan
Tonight I'll Be Stayin Here With You - Bob Dylan
Polk Salad Annie - Tony Joe White
Yellow Moon - Neville Bros.
Influences & Inspiration
Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, Fats, Domino, Bob Dylan, The Band, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Hoagy Carmichael, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Reverend Gary Davis, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Sonny Rollings, Dexter Gordon, Kermit Ruffins, John Boutte, Lloyd Price, The Meters, Chris Kenner, Ernie K-Doe, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Brownie and Sonny, Van Morrison, Billy Joe Shaver, Champion Jack Dupree, King Curtis, Albert King, BB King, Freddie King, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Walter "Wolfman Washington and many more....
We are happy to provide our own PA setup for events as large as 250, depending on the room size.
Yes, we do have a cordless mic that you may borrow for announcements and toasts.
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