Ted Curson

Ted Curson

born on 3/6/1935 in Philadelphia, PA, United States

died on 4/11/2012 in Montclair, NJ, United States

Ted Curson

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

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 there on November 4, 2012.[2]


As leader

  • 1961: Plenty of Horn (Old Town)
  • 1962: Ted Curson Plays Fire Down Below (Prestige)
  • 1962: Live At La Tête De L'Art (Trans World Records)
  • 1964: Tears for Dolphy (Fontana)
  • 1965: The New Thing & the Blue Thing (Atlantic)
  • 1966: Urge (Fontana)
  • 1964-66: Flip Top (Freedom) released 1977
  • 1970: Ode to Booker Ervin (EMI Columbia)
  • 1971: Pop Wine (Futura)
  • 1973: Cattin' Curson (Marge) / Typical Ted (Trident)
  • 1974: Quicksand (Atlantic)
  • 1976: Blue Piccolo (Whynot) / Ted Curson and Co. (India Navigation)
  • 1976: Jubilant Power (Inner City)
  • 1978: Blowin' Away (Interplay) with Dizzy Reece
  • 1979: The Trio (Interplay)
  • 1980: I Heard Mingus (Interplay)
  • 1980: Snake Johnson (Chiaroscuro)
  • 1996: Traveling On (Evidence)
  • 1999: Sugar 'n Spice (Level Green)
  • 2007: Ted Curson in Paris: Live at the Sunside (Blue Marge)
  • 2008: Ted Curson & The Clinic Sextet (fifty-fifty records)
  • 2012: Live in Paris: Plays the Music of Charles Mingus (Elabeth)

As sideman

With Pepper Adams

  • California Cookin' (Interplay, 1983 [1991])

With Bill Barron

  • The Tenor Stylings of Bill Barron (Savoy, 1961)
  • Modern Windows (Savoy, 1961)

With Nick Brignola

With Graham Collier

  • Hoarded Dreams (Cuneiform, 1983 [2007])

With Andrew Hill

  • Spiral (Freedom, 1975)

With Charles Mingus

  • Mingus (Candid, 1960)
  • Mingus Revisited (Mercury, 1960)
  • Mingus at Antibes (Atlantic, 1960)
  • Charles Mingus Presents Charles Mingus (Candid, 1960)

With New York Contemporary Five

  • Bill Dixon 7-tette/Archie Shepp and the New York Contemporary 5 (Savoy, 1964)

With Sal Nistico

  • Neo/Nistico (Bee Hive, 1978)

With Archie Shepp

  • Fire Music (Impulse!, 1965)

With Cecil Taylor

  • Love for Sale (United Artists, 1959)

With Andrzej Trzaskowski

  • Seant (1966)

With The Clinic Sextet

  • Studio Live (fifty-fifty records, 2008)

With Spirit of Life Ensemble

  • Live au Duc (Rise Up, 2001)
  • Planet Jazz (Rise Up, 2009)


  1. ^ a b c d 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 Gustafsson, Sari (2012-11-04). "Pori Jazzin legenda Ted Curson kuoli". Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish). Lehtikuva. 
  3. ^ a b c Allen, Clifford (2005-06-02). "Ted Curson: Atypical Ted". Allaboutjazz.com. All About Jazz. Retrieved 2007-08-02. 
  4. ^ Biography at AllMusic (web version)
  5. ^ Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2006) [1992]. The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (Eighth ed.). New York: Penguin. p. 1267. ISBN 0-14-102327-9. 
  6. ^ "Ted Curson". ATPFestival.com. All Tomorrow's Parties. 2005. Retrieved 2007-07-25. 
  7. ^ Gilchrist, Todd (2006-03-20). "Teorema". IGN.com. IGN Entertainment, Inc. Retrieved 2007-07-25. 
  8. ^ Teorema on IMDb
  9. ^ "The President's Independence Day Reception on 6 December 2007". Office of the President of the Republic of Finland. Archived from the original on 2009-07-08. Retrieved 2009-03-24. 
  10. ^ "The State of Jazz: Meet 40 More Jersey Greats", The Star-Ledger, September 28, 2003, backed up by the Internet Archive as of September 27, 2008. Accessed September 15, 2017. "Ted Curson -- Long-time Montclair resident Curson is a bold trumpeter who has performed and/or recorded with Charles Mingus, Eric Dolphy, Andrew Hill, Cecil Taylor and the Spirit of Life Ensemble."

External links

  • Ted Curson at AllMusic
  • http://www.fiftyrecords.com/kauppa/ffcd1052_ted_curson.html
  • https://web.archive.org/web/201107-20194101/http://www.turkujazz.fi/esiintyjat/esittelyt/tcatcs.html
  • http://www.turunsanomat.fi/ajassa/?ts=1,3:1007:0:0,4:7:0:1:2007-12-05,104:7:502857,1:0:0:0:0:0:
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