Acclaimed seven-string jazz guitarist Ted Ludwig (b. 1974, New Orleans, LA) has been a part of the jazz scene in New Orleans since 1997. He has released four albums as a leader and many more as a versatile sideman and co-leader.
Ted earned his Bachelor and Masters Degrees from the University of New Orleans Jazz Studies Program, under the direction of the legendary pianist Ellis Marsalis Jr. Inspired by the recordings of Joe Pass, Pat Martino and Wes Montgomery, Ludwig soon became one of the most sought-after guitarists in the New Orleans jazz scene, working professionally as a soloist and accompanist. He has performed with notable contemporaries such as Ellis Marsalis, Peter Bernstein, Bob Dorough, Larry Coryell, Nathan East, Nicholas Payton, Howard Alden, Mundell Lowe, Rick Margitza, Julian Labro, Steve Masakowski, John Ellis, Tony Dagradi, Mike Pellera, Jason Marsalis, Ron Escheté, Johnny Vidacovich, Herlin Riley, and many more.
In 2005, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Ludwig created his own eclectic Jazz Trio, gaining instant accolades from critics and musicians alike for his astonishing virtuosity and prolific originality. In 2016, Ludwig had the great opportunity to perform with orchestra an original Jazz Guitar Concerto entitled "Katrina." The piece was composed by D.J. Sparr and commissioned by The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. Ted received rave reviews for his performances, and as a result that year, Ted became the youngest-ever inductee into The Arkansas Jazz Hall of Fame.