Take Two is Ted's primary musical focus, but he is involved in many other diverse projects as well. Ted is much in demand as a free-lance musician, and has added his keyboard, guitar and vocal skills to a wide range of musical groups.
On the national level, Ted was on the road as a fulltime touring musician for years. He has opened for The Platters, the Eagles' Joe Walsh and The James Gang, and Otis Day and The Knights. He has backed 60s rock acts "The Shangri-Las” and Freddie "Boom Boom" Cannon, and worked with Norma Jean of "Chic" (yowsah yowsah yowsah). Ted has appeared with Elvis Presley's vocal backup group The Jordanaires, and backed several nationally-known Elvis tribute artists, including the great Ryan Pelton. Ted has also worked with Las Vegas Dolly Parton tribute artist Sandy Vee Anderson.
So far in the Northwest, Ted has worked with Les Vaughn, Al Hare, Alonzo Garbanzo, Ron McCann, and the "Kingz Ambassadors" reggae band, and has performed informally with just about every local musician of note, including Kevin Selfe, Ben Rice, Mark Daly, Ryan MacAlexander, Randy Bell, Jeff Minnick, Ben Bonham, Chic Preston, Bill Schreiber, Big Sid Ordoyne, Paul Viemeister, Kenny Olsen, Charlie Escher, Kerry Williams, Rick Hulett, Ed Dietrich, Tim Ortlieb, Polly Norris, Dennis Williams, Nick Etlin, Willy & Nelson, and Bob Connolly.
Regionally, in Ohio and the Midwest, Ted has been a "guest artist" with "The Eddie Pollina Band", "The Dave Absalom Project","Full Spectrum", "The Zen Band", "Direct Energy", "Raizin' Kane", "Inside Out", "The Majestics", "The Trains", "Soul Deep", "Outlaw Resurrection", "The Kay Carter Project", "Party Of Nine", "Rev'd-Up", "The Ravens", "The Prophets", "CheeseQuake", "Code Blue", Elvis tribute artist Jay Freeman and "Dave Parsons' Conway Twitty Tribute Show". Ted has worked at weddings and other events with world-famous violinist Arkadiy Gips, flutist Cheri Papier, and vocalist Cindy Leland, and has played for many years in theatre orchestras for Broadway-style shows by local choral groups, such as Worthington Chorus and Westerville Song Spinners. Ted also provides an elegant musical backdrop at many upscale events as a solo pianist.
Ted was also part of an 8-piece classical Jewish music ensemble, organized and led by NBC4 meteorologist Ben Gelber. Called "Friday Night Live", this group consists of violin, clarinet, oboe, harp, piano, guitar and vocalists. In addition to concerts in the community, they have appeared on channel 4 news broadcasts, including some
during the "Friday Night Live" sports segment. Performance videos are available on
You can also visit
and search for "Ben Gelber Ensemble".
Ted gives Ben Gelber some keyboard pointers at a recent appearance
Ted and the rest of Ben Gelber's group at the NBC4 studios
Ted with "Direct Energy" at the Huron Basin Amphitheater in beautiful downtown Huron Ohio on Lake Erie. Very hot band, lots of Chicago (of course), plus Tower of Power, Joe Cocker, Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind & Fire, etc.
for a video clip from that concert
"Take Two", the new west coast version, with local favorite and guitarist extraordinaire Al Hare
Ted onstage at Zim's Brau Haus in The Dalles, Oregon, with Les Vaughn and his All-Star band
Ted at Rivertap in The Dalles playing that feel-good Reggae music with Ras Kimo and the Kingz Ambassadors
Ted at Naked Winery in Hood River with Alonzo Garbanzo (Dennis Castanares), Steve Alford of The Richard Wilkins Blues Band, and Lisa Nelson, Bill Nielsen and Mal Brown of Willy & Nelson.
Best thing about this pic that you can't see: we're playing Beatles!
Ted recently had the privilege of being "guest emcee" for his new favorite band, "Savannah Jack". They are an outstanding national touring band from Nashville, and have opened for John Fogerty, Vince Gill and Kenny Rogers.
They put on a great show, and their vocal harmony is fantastic. Check them out at SavannahJack.com
"Savannah Jack" onstage at the Crawford county fair in Bucyrus Ohio
Ted and Sandy hanging with Savannah Jack after the show
Ted with Elvis and Dolly (aka Jay Freeman and Sandy Vee Anderson) at a recent show in Canton
Ted performs with Susie Goldstein, Amy Lancione, Jim Harris, and The Eddie Pollina Band
at the annual "Baby Boomer Reunion" in the big ballroom at Villa Milano
Onstage with The Trains at Gatsby's in Gahanna
Ted (far left) onstage with
The Zen Band
at Easton Town Center
Ted is joined onstage by
central Ohio musician and historian
and former leader of the "Creole Funk Band"
Ted (on the left) backing 60s girl group
with the Extravaganza Band at Bicentennial Park in downtown Columbus
Ted chats about the music business
with Grammy-, Oscar-, and Golden-Globe-winning songwriter
during Writers' Night
at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville
(Yes, you know his songs:
hit recordings by Three Dog Night, Carpenters, Barbra Streisand, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra,
Willie Nelson, Ella Fitzgerald, David Bowie, Ray Charles, R.E.M., Tony Bennett,
Sarah Vaughn, Johnny Mathis, Luther Vandross and Kermit the Frog.)
Ted chats between sets with His Honor, Columbus mayor
Ted performs with the Kay Carter Project on the Buckeye Lake Yacht Club stage
Ted plays a wedding ceremony at Temple Israel
and world-famous violinist
(Arkadiy is fantastic, and he can play any style of music. He recently returned from performing with
on her "Sticky & Sweet" European tour)
(ever the groupie)
grabs a camera from behind his keyboard
to snap the legendary
next to him on stage
during the "Cruisin' On The Riverfront" show.
(The Jordanaires are a country/gospel quartet from Missouri who have sung on literally
of recording sessions over half a century, including those of Rick Nelson, Patsy Cline, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Steve Lawrence, Connie Francis, Julie Andrews, Jim Reeves, George Jones, and the Judds. But they are probably best known for backing
on records and in movies for 14 years. Elvis specifically asked for them when he moved to RCA Victor records and became a major star, and he insisted they be credited on the record label, something that no one did in those days.)
Here they are doing "Hound Dog" on Ed Sullivan in 1956:
Ohio State University president
Dr. E. Gordon Gee
requests his favorite tunes
as Ted provides elegant piano stylings at a campus event.
Mary Daniels ("Jazz Mary")
sits in with Take Two at Pignik.
Here's a tough-looking bunch: the R & B and Classic Soul band
"Greasy Chuck and the High-Tops"
Front: Kent Williamson, Chick (Greasy Chuck) Mawhirter
Back: Greg Trout, Bruce Soble, John Savolaine, Ted Horwitz, Dave Roberts
Ted with vocalist Pat Landusky at Alex's Bistro in Upper Arlington
A Blast From The Past:
"ATR" (Action, Thrills and Romance)
Mike Noll, Tony Allen, Ted Horwitz, and Lyle Sanders
(The lady in the middle is
Norma Jean Wright,
an Elyria, Ohio native who moved to New York City in early 1977, shortly after leaving ATR, and joined the multi-platinum recording group "Chic". It was Norma, along with Luci Martin, who sang the lead on the huge worldwide disco hit
"Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah Yowsah Yowsah)"
, and also the follow-up,
Norma later sang background on many important albums of the 1970s and 1980s, backing artists such as Aretha Franklin, Sister Sledge, Luther Vandross, Debbie Gibson and Madonna.)
A later incarnation of
Charlie Nash, Tony Allen, Robin Lacy, Joani Clay, Ted Horwitz, and Pete Seeds
Robin and Joani
later married and have gone on to a very successful career over the last 20 years
with a band that features the Zydeco and Cajun-styled music of Southwest Louisiana.
"Robin Lacy and DeZydeco"
Even further in The Past:
Before "ATR", there was
a well-respected band in Ohio State campus-area clubs in the late 60s.
Gutz's restrained style and repertoire of music such as the Beatles, Bee Gees, Hollies and Byrds belied the edgy name.
Both bands were anchored by Ted Horwitz and Tony Allen.
Here they are with the luxurious band bus in the parking lot of the
Heidelberg South at Ninth Avenue and High St. (across from the BBF) in 1968.
A rare shot of the original Gutz onstage at the Peppermint Lounge in Circleville, Ohio, circa 1967. Left to right: Ted Horwitz, Mike Minch, and Tony Allen. Hidden behind is the late Chuck Nash on drums.
"Take Two" Meets McCartney
(Well ..... sort of.)
(Okay, we rode his coattails at fairly close range ...... )
Ted and Sandra flew down to Atlanta awhile back to catch the one and only Paul McCartney in concert at Phillips Arena on his "Driving USA" tour.
For us, it was like going to see
We were not alone. Folks came from all over the country for this concert, including some who were seeing the show for the second or third time. It was pretty much a "religious" experience for all of us.
We stayed at the Omni, the hotel which is actually attached to the arena. Wandering through the lobby after the concert, Ted was really excited and he just had to sit down at the piano and play a few chords of "Let It Be" .... just for his own amusement, of course.
What we didn't anticipate was the place was still crawling with Beatle fanatics, just like us, who had come there for the show, and they were still eager for more. Soon a large, enthusiastic crowd, literally
of people, packed that hotel lobby to gather around the piano, and it became an impromptu "Take Two" performance. We sat there until well into the wee hours playing and singing every Beatle song we could think of. It was a very special experience for all of us.
Ted kept glancing at the elevator, wondering if Sir Paul himself would come down and join us. We found out later that he DID play for awhile in the bar of the hotel where he was staying, but unfortunately ... he was at a different hotel.
The audience was great. Here is a sampling of their comments, emailed to us later:
"Ted - The McCartney concert in Atlanta was finished to perfection by your sing-along in the lobby of the Omni. I was amazed at your ability to play any song requested. You seem to have the entire Beatles discography memorized and translated through your fingers! I have read your web page and your group sounds amazing. I only wish that ya'll were closer to Alabama."
"Thanks again for sharing your talent and time with all of us - you were great."
Sincerely, Pat P., Tuscaloosa, Alabama
"Hi Ted - We are the two Boston gals who sat next to you at the concert and had one of THE BEST TIMES OF OUR LIVES back at the Omni belting out the Beatle tunes. You were WONDERFUL!!!!! We'll never forget it! You made the night really complete!"
- Cathy M. and Ann Marie H.
"PS Would you ever play at a wedding in Boston??????"
(Yes, "Take Two" does travel. Appearances outside the central Ohio area include Cleveland, Detroit, Cape Cod, Witchita Kansas, Oregon, Washington, and even Canada.)
"Ted - Our feet are just beginning to touch the ground again after seeing Paul McCartney in the flesh! We want to thank you again for your fantastic Beatle music piano concert that you gave us all. You made us feel 16 again!
"Thank you again, for sharing your gift of music with all of us Paul freaks. You made our trip even more magical."
Regards, Donna and Larry L.