Mon, 5 November 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.
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Mon, 5 November 2012
Who would have thought after Katrina that it's been 7 years and we're still getting the musicians of New Orleans back on their feet, and that now musicians in NYC would be needing help because of a hurricane.
It's so much worse than one might have imagined. Aside from the most obvious need of water, warmth, food and money, hundreds of musicians have lost gigs because of Sandy. Clubs are closed, and musicians haven't been able to travel out of town for work either. Lost gigs means no money for the rent. No money for the rent means the Jazz Foundation will be providing emergency assistance.
There are so many individual emergency needs, and our amazing staff of social workers and advocates are qualified to assess and address the less obvious needs of those we visit. Today we are going back downtown with more of everything.
We need the Jazz and blues-loving community to pull together on this one. Here's the part where you can help:
It is clear that the Jazz Foundation needs donations now more than ever. Please get the word out and pass this on to your music loving friends. We've already gotten donations from Germany and London.
They've always been there for us - lifting us up, getting us through the roller coaster ride of being human - and now in their moments of darkness, we can give something back.
Yours in service,
Category:general -- posted at: 9:26am EDT