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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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Full Name Ted Curson
Died November 4, 2012, Montclair, New Jersey, United States
Profession Trumpeter
Education Granoff School of Music
Nationality American
Music Songs Song of the Lonely, Reava's Waltz, Searchin' for the Blues, Tears for Dolphy, Ted's Tempo, Marjo, Airi's Tune, Pop Wine, Playhouse March, Quicksand, Flatted Fifth, Song of the Lonely One, Only Forever, Kassim, 7/4 Funny Time, The Things We Did Last Summer, Fire Down Below, Seant, Typical Ted, Falling in Love With Love, Straight Ice, Dwackdi Mun Fudalick, All the Things You Are, Nosruc Waltz, Gary G, Sugar 'n' Spice, Searchin' the Blues, Spiderlegs, East 6th Street, Dem's Blues, Ode to Booker Ervin, Nosruc
Albums Tears for Dolphy, Plenty of Horn, The New Thing & the Blue Thing, Jubilant Power, Pop Wine, Ted Curson Plays Fire Down Below, Ode to Booker Ervin, Blue Piccolo, Snake Johnson, Seant, Urge, Cattin' Curson, Quicksand, Live at la Tete de L'art -The Canadian Concert of Ted Curson, I Heard Mingus, Blowin' Away, Now, Hear This!, Flip Top, The Trio, The Tenor Stylings of Bill Barron (Remastered), Four Classic Albums (Plenty of Horn / Fire Down Below / The Tenor Stylings of Bill Barron / Live at La Tete De L'art) [Remastered], Live In Paris, Ain't That Just Like Me, Tears For Dolphy And More, Ted Curson Plays Fire Down Below (Remastered 2016), Falling in Love with Love, Dem's Blues, Flatted Fifth, Mr. Teddy: The Old Town Recordings, The Leopard
Movies The Brown Bunny, Theorem

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1 American jazz trumpeter. Studied at the Granoff School of Music. Moved to New York, playing alongside Eric Dolphy and Booker Ervin in a band led by Charlie Mingus, 1959-60. Free-lanced in Europe during the 1970's. From 1983, noted for his late night jam sessions at the Blue Note. Also lectured in jazz at UCLA and the University of Vermont.



The Brown Bunny 2003 writer: "Tears for Dolphy"
Rampe & Naukkis - Kaikkien aikojen superpari 1990 performer: "Ramblin' Rose"
Teorema 1968 "Tears for Dolphy", uncredited



Rampe & Naukkis - Kaikkien aikojen superpari 1990 Trumpet Player at Pori Jazzfestival



The Blue Note 2007 TV Short Himself
Soolo suoraan sydämestä 1983 TV Movie documentary Himself

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