Ted Kurland Associates was founded by Ted Kurland in 1975, in Boston, Massachusetts. He was a recent graduate from Brandeis University with a major in Economics, and chose the talent booking field in which to launch his career. After gaining some experience for a brief time at a local Boston talent agency, he formed his own company, with an emphasis in the jazz field.
Eminent jazz vibraphonist, Gary Burton, was the first established artist to become a client of the new company. Soon thereafter, other major performers like Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, Miles Davis and Sonny Rollins, also joined the growing family of artists with TKA.