Ted Dunbar

Ted Dunbar

born on 17/1/1937 in Port Arthur, TX, United States

died on 29/5/1998 in New York City, NY, United States

Ted Dunbar

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Earl Theodore 'Ted' Dunbar (January 17, 1937 in Port Arthur, Texas May 29, 1998) was a jazz guitarist, composer, and educator. He published four volumes on jazz. He trained as a pharmacist at Texas Southern University, but by the 1970s only did pharmacy work part-time. He was also a trained numerologist and had studied other aspects of mysticism. He became interested in jazz at age seven and in the 1950s he joined several groups while studying pharmacy at Texas Southern University. At one point he received accolades from Ebony (magazine) and Down Beat. In the 1950s he became influenced by Wes Montgomery. In 1966 he moved to New York City and gained more experience.[1] In 1972 he became one of the first jazz professors at Rutgers University and taught Kevin Eubanks, Vernon Reid and Peter Bernstein, as well as many others. He died in 1998 of a stroke.[2]


As leader

As sideman

With Gene Ammons

  • My Way (Prestige, 1971)

With Richard Davis

  • Harvest (Muse, 1977 [1979])

With Gil Evans

  • Svengali (Atlantic, 1973)

With Curtis Fuller

  • Smokin' (Mainstream, 1972)

With Willis Jackson

  • West Africa (Muse, 1973)

With Charles McPherson

  • Siku Ya Bibi (Day of the Lady) (Mainstream, 1972)

With Don Patterson

  • The Return of Don Patterson (Muse, 1972)

With Bernard Purdie

  • Purdie Good! (Prestige, 1971)

With Sam Rivers

  • Sizzle (Impulse!, 1975)

With Johnny "Hammond" Smith

  • What's Going On (Prestige, 1971)

With McCoy Tyner

  • Asante (Blue Note, 1970)

With Tony Williams

  • Ego (1971)


Ted Dunbar wrote a series of books on tonal convergence that are inspired and related to the Lydian chromatic concept. This center piece of this series is entitled: "A System of Tonal Convergence for Improvisors Composers and Arrangers".


  1. Museum of the Gulf Coast
  2. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel by way of "Find Articles"

External links

  • Ted Dunbar discography at JazzDiscography.com
  • Ted Dunbar discography at Jazzlists
This page was last modified 23.04.2014 06:03:15

This article uses material from the article Ted Dunbar from the free encyclopedia Wikipedia and it is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License.