Nov 5, 2012
Trumpeter Ted Curson, best known for his stint in the band of Charles Mingus circa 1960, died on Sunday, November 4.. He was 77.
Born in Philadelphia and educated at that city’s Granoff Musical Conservatory, Curson moved to New York in the mid-1950s and recorded a few years later with Cecil Taylor. He appears with Mingus, Eric Dolphy, Booker Ervin, Bud Powell and Dannie Richmond, on the record Mingus At Antibes. Other credits as a sideman include stints with Archie Shepp (Fire Music); Cecil Taylor (Love for Sale); and Nick Brignola and Pepper Adams (Baritone Madness). Click here to listen to him play “Los Olvidados”, with Archie Shepp on tenor sax, Marion Brown on alto sax, Joseph Orange on trombone, Reggie Johnson on bass and Joe Chambers on drums.
As a leader, Curson recorded 16 discs between 1960 and 1980, but only two discs after that. Although a resident of Montclair, New Jersey, he was a regular performer each year at the Pori Jazz Festival in Finland, which has been in existence since 1966.