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
Occupation(s)Musician
InstrumentsTrumpet
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]

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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]

Discography

As leader

As sideman

With Bill Barron

With Charles Mingus

With Cecil Taylor

With others

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