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Ted Curson

A fantastic and flexible trumpeter, Ted Curson will be most widely known for his use Charles Mingus’ 1960 quartet (which also included Eric Dolphy and Dannie Richmond). He analyzed at Granoff Musical Conservatory; relocated to NY in 1956; performed in NY with Mal Waldron, Crimson Garland, and Philly Joe Jones; and documented with Cecil Taylor (1961). Following the 1959-1960 Mingus association (which led to some traditional recordings), Curson co-led a quintet with Expenses Barron (1960-1965), used Maximum Roach, and led his personal organizations. He spent period from the past due ’60s on in European countries (especially Denmark) but experienced a lesser profile than you might expect after time for the U.S. in 1976. He led classes for Old City (1961), Prestige, Fontana, Atlantic, Arista, Internal Town, Interplay, Chiaroscuro, and many European brands. Curson died of the coronary attack on November 4, 2012. He was 77 yrs . old.

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