Ted Curson

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Ted Curson
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Ted Curson in Turku, Finland, July 2009
Background information
Born(1935-06-03)June 3, 1935
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedNovember 4, 2012(2012-11-04) (aged 77)
Montclair, New Jersey
Genres Jazz, avant-garde jazz
Years active1955–2012
Labels Prestige, Fontana, Atlantic, Freedom, Futura, Marge, Trident, Whynot, Inner City, Chiaroscuro
Associated acts Charles Mingus, Spirit of Life Ensemble

Theodore Curson (June 3, 1935 – November 4, 2012) was an American jazz trumpeter. [1] [2]


Life and career

Curson was born in Philadelphia. [1] He became interested in playing trumpet after watching a newspaper salesman play a silver trumpet. [3] Curson's father, however, wanted him to play alto saxophone like Louis Jordan. [3] When he was ten, he got his first trumpet. [3]

He attended Granoff School of Music in Philadelphia. [4] At the suggestion of Miles Davis, he moved to New York in 1956. [1] He performed and recorded with Cecil Taylor in the late 1950s and early 1960s. [1] [5] His composition "Tears for Dolphy" has been used in numerous films. [6] [7] [8]

He was a familiar face in Finland, having performed at the Pori Jazz festival every year since it began in 1966. [2] In 2007, he performed at Finland's Independence Day Ball at the invitation of president Tarja Halonen. [9]

A longtime resident of Montclair, New Jersey, [10] Curson died of a heart attack there on November 4, 2012. [2]


As leader

As sideman

With Bill Barron

With Charles Mingus

With Cecil Taylor

With others

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