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Ted Curson

Ted Curson in Turku, Finland (July 2009).
Background information
Birth name Theodore Curson
Born June 3, 1935 (1935-06-03) (age 74)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Genres Bebop, Hard bop, Avant-garde jazz
Instruments trumpet
Years active 1955 - present
Labels Old Town, Prestige, Fontana, Atlantic, Black Lion, Arista, Inner City, Interplay, Chiaroscuro
Associated acts Charles Mingus

Theodore "Ted" Curson (born June 3, 1935, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania[1]) is a jazz trumpeter. He is perhaps best-known for recording and performing with Charles Mingus.

Curson became interested in playing trumpet after watching a newspaper salesman play a silver trumpet.[2] Curson's father, however, preferred that Ted become an alto saxophone player like Louis Jordan.[2] Finally, when Ted was 10 years old, he received a "raggedy" trumpet.[2]

Curson attended Granoff Musical Conservatory.[3] At the suggestion of Miles Davis, he moved to New York in 1956.[1] Curson performed and recorded with Cecil Taylor in the late 1950s and early 1960s.[1][4] His 1964 composition "Tears for Dolphy" has been used in the films Teorema, Last Date, and The Brown Bunny.[5][6][7]

Curson is a resident of Montclair, New Jersey.[8] He is also a familiar face in Finland, having performed annually at the Pori Jazz festival each year since the beginning of the event in 1966. In 2007, Curson performed at Finland's Independence Day Ball at the invitation of president Tarja Halonen.[9]




As leader

As sideman

With Charles Mingus

With Archie Shepp

With Cecil Taylor


  1. ^ a b c Wynn, Ron (1994). Ron Wynn. ed. All Music Guide to Jazz. Allmusic. M. Erlewine, V. Bogdanov. San Francisco: Miller Freeman Books. p. 183. ISBN 0-87930-308-5.  
  2. ^ a b c Allen, Clifford (2005-06-02). "Ted Curson: Atypical Ted" (HTML). All About Jazz. Retrieved 2007-08-02.  
  3. ^ Biography at Allmusic (web version)
  4. ^ Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2006) [1992]. The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (Eighth ed. ed.). New York: Penguin. p. 1267. ISBN 0-141-02327-9.  
  5. ^ "Ted Curson" (HTML). All Tomorrow's Parties. 2005. Retrieved 2007-07-25.  
  6. ^ Gilchrist, Todd (2006-03-20). "Teorema" (HTML). IGN Entertainment, Inc.. Retrieved 2007-07-25.  
  7. ^ Teorema at the Internet Movie Database
  8. ^ The State of Jazz: Meet 40 More Jersey Greats, The Star-Ledger, September 28, 2004
  9. ^ "The President’s Independence Day Reception on 6 December 2007". Office of the President of the Republic of Finland. Retrieved 2009-03-24.  

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