Ted Knight, piano and vocalsAbout Ted Knight and Knight Music

In 1975, Ted Knight formed a trio to play for weddings in his home town of Delray Beach. By 1980, he was leading his big band and jazz combos for society events in Palm Beach, Boca Raton, and Fort Lauderdale. An article in the Palm Beach Daily News compared Ted to established  bandleaders like Marshall Grant and Neal Smith.

Today Ted plays all over Florida, using musicians located in key citites like Tampa, Orlando, and Jacksonville.

Early years

Ted took piano lessons as a boy but hardly ever practiced. When the lessons ended, he learned to sight read by playing through his father's collection of sheet music for hours at a time. He bought new music like The Girl from Ipanema and More, and eagerly devoured the fake books Dad bought to help him along. He was proud when he finally mastered Misty, and thrilled to discover he could impress girls by playing it.

College was  Florida Atlantic University, where Ted majored in music composition and studied jazz with Dr. Bill Prince. He played piano for shows and to accompany soloists. He played guitar for folk Masses and percussion for the college wind ensemble,and had singing roles in The Mosdt Happy Fella and Verdi's Gianni Schicchi. He was hired to play with bands led by other students until the day he stepped out on his own.

His father's footsteps

Vic Knight, big band leaderTed's late father, Vic Knight, led one of the best big bands in Florida. He promoted big band and Dixieland jazz events on his radio station, WDBF AM-1420 in Delray Beach. The station's slogan was "Big bands and all that jazz." Ted became a deejay and was on the air for 20 years, gaining an encyclopedic knowledge of big bands and the Great American Songbook.

He continued to play with his dad even after his own groups took off. Father and son were a natural draw at venues like Cypress Manor Restaurant in Boynton Beach and Erny's in Delray. Meanwhile Vic taught Ted everything he could about the music business and the fine art of leading a band.

Marie makes it easy

Marie Knight, managerTed's wife, Marie, is the Knight Music manager. She replies to calls and emails, issues contracts, and generally takes care of business so Ted can concentrate on making the best music he can. Clients like Marie's courteous, soft-spoken manner and her attention to detail.

Before she settled into her job as full-time manager for A Little Knight Music, Marie worked as a bookkeeper for large real estate firms. She also worked as bookkeeper for the Arcade Taproom, a restaurant and bar remembered foindly by long-time Delray residents.

She has an amazing knowledge of movies and actors. Freddy and Felicia, Ted and Marie's two cats, sometimes watch TV with them, and always like to "help" Marie by flopping down in front of her computer screen. A fascinating side note -- Marie is a heart transplant recipient, going strong after receiving the new heart more than ten years ago.