I am a NOLA Grown bassist based in the San Fransisco Bay Area. In addition to being a freelance bassist and profesional music educator I've held the bass chair with New Orleans funk music legend Zigaboo Modeliste (the Meters) since 2011. I also have years of orchestra pit experience and have played upright and electric bass for a host of Broadway-scale musical theater productions including West Side Story, CATS, Dream Girls, Cabaret, and Hairspray.
I am equally at home in the studio or on stage and my playing has provided the foundation for countless acts in many different musical genres. My reputation for being easy to work with, groove oriented player who can sing, produce and arrange have made me a top call session player and sought after sideman.
Word of Mouth:
"Blyss is professional, cool, versatile and plays great! He's an attentive musician, which is crucial to band cohesion, and enables me to relax and trust that the bass is in good hands. That way I can just play and have fun! Blyss rocks!"
- Victoria Theodore, Keyboardist: Beyonce, Stevie Wonder, Arsenio Hall Posse 2.0
"Blyss is the consummate professional bassist. Rock solid musician and pure joy onstage. Working with Blyss makes playing music the kind of work that doesn't feel like work!" -
Kiku Collins, Trumpet/Actor: Beyonce, Michael Bolton, Sugar Horns, Jill Scott, Shontelle, Monica, Ledisi, Keri Hilson, Keyshia Cole, Fantasia
"When I think of intuitive musicians, I think of Blyss. I have worked with Blyss on many occasions and his addition to a song or artist always improves the original vision. Talent like this is rare and far between. I have worked with many of the best and most sought out musicians in the music business and Ted not only fits right in, he surpasses most."
Josh "Tone" Weaver, Producer: (Nya Jade, Santana, Green Day, Taylor Lee)
" As a drummer/musical director, I have had a very short list of favorite bass players that I feel the pocket with. They are Andre Tabor (Indie Artist), Tony Chipman (Indie Artist), Nelson Braxton (Michael Bolton, Braxton Brothers, Rachelle Farelle) and Raymond McKinley (Rachelle Farelle, Sheila E., TOP). I am now inducting "BLYSS" into my hall of bassists! Deep solid pocket, funky and musical. All any drummer needs."
Darwin Tillary, Drummer Sound Engineer: ConFunkShun, DTO,