Teddy Kumpel

  • Joe Jackson Band

"The splendor that is Elise's neck shape is indescribable because of her easy going natureā€¦it's like getting a massage on your left hand while playing the guitar. Then I plugged her in and played her and the sweetest sounds came out..."

About Teddy Kumpel

Producer, guitarist, writer, mixing and recording engineer

Teddy Kumpel is an American, New York based guitar player, singer, producer and engineer who is currently Joe Jackson’s guitar player. Teddy has also played with Rickie Lee Jones, Feist, Nine Inch Nails (as a background singer), Phil Lesh, Marshall Crenshaw, Laura Branigan, Chely Wright, Teddy Thompson, Billy Martin (of MMW), Sharissa, Saul Zonana, John Robinson, Janice Robinson, Michael Bland, Omar Hakim, Kenny Wollesen’s marching band, Janet Jackson (remix with Junior Vasquez), Paquito D’Rivera, Jonah Smith, Anna F (won an Austrian Amadeus award for album of the year), Michael Blake and Blake Tartare, Toots Hibbert, Toots Thielmans, Frankie Paul, Timothy “Speed” Levitch, Eric Schenkman (Spin Doctors guitarist), Goodie Mob, Tony Scherr, Tower of Power, Leslie Mendelson, Clark Gayton’s Explorations in Dub, Spottiswoode and His Enemies, Dennis Brown, The Supremes, India Arie and many feature film scores composed by Alex Wurman including "Temple Grandin" (Emmy winnner 2010), “Anchorman”, “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” and “Talladega Nights”. 

Teddy also played on the 2016 Grammy award winning children's album 'Home' by Tim Kubart.

LOOPestra: an orchestra of guitar loops

Despite what the multi layered sound might tell you, everything you hear from the Teddy Kumpel LOOPestra on stage is played live. With innovative use of looping technology and his vast experience mangling vintage and modern sounds Teddy effortlessly creates myriad textures that make you think there must be a whole slew of musicians hiding backstage. A veritable funkdafied psychadelic orchestra appearing as a rock trio!

Joining Teddy 1st and 3rd Mondays @midnight at the Rockwood Music Hall are New York’s best and brightest musicians. A different rhythm section every time. Shawn Pelton and James Genus (Saturday Night Live), Keith Carlock (Steely Dan), Aaron Comess (Spin Doctors), Tony Scherr and Kenny Wollesen (Bill Frisell), and world reknown musicians Tim LeFebvre, Henry Hey, Erik Deutsch, Richard Hammond, Jonathan Maron, Mark Guiliana, Josh Dion, Bob Stander, Allison Miller, Rene Hart, Chris Morrissey, Jojo Mayer, Ben Perowsky, Dan Weiss etc… it’s a rotating cast of NYC music stars.