|Birth name||Theodore Curson|
June 3, 1935|
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
|Died||November 4, 2012
Montclair, New Jersey, United States
|Genres||Bebop, hard bop, avant-garde jazz|
|Labels||Old Town, Prestige, Fontana, Atlantic, Black Lion, Arista, Inner City, Interplay, Chiaroscuro|
|Associated acts||Charles Mingus, Spirit Of Life Ensemble|
Curson was born in Philadelphia. He became interested in playing trumpet after watching a newspaper salesman play a silver trumpet. Curson's father, however, preferred that his son should become an alto saxophone player like Louis Jordan. Finally, when Ted was 10 years old, he received his first trumpet.
Curson attended Granoff School of Music in Philadelphia. At the suggestion of Miles Davis, he moved to New York in 1956. Curson performed and recorded with Cecil Taylor in the late 1950s and early 1960s. His 1964 Eric Dolphy tribute composition "Tears for Dolphy" has been used in numerous films.
Curson was a resident of Montclair, New Jersey. He was 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.
Curson died on November 4, 2012 in Montclair.
- 1961: Plenty of Horn (Old Town)
- 1962: Ted Curson Plays Fire Down Below (Prestige)
- 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 Records) / 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)
- 2012: Live in Paris: Plays the Music of Charles Mingus (Elabeth)
With Andrew Hill
With Charles Mingus
- Mingus (Candid, 1960)
- Mingus Revisited (Mercury, 1960)
- Mingus at Antibes (Atlantic, 1960)
- Charles Mingus Presents Charles Mingus (Candid, 1960)
With Sal Nistico
- Neo / Nistico (Bee Hive Records)
With Archie Shepp
- Fire Music (Impulse!, 1965)
With Cecil Taylor
- Love for Sale (United Artists, 1959)
- Mixed (Impulse!, 1961 ) first released as Gil Evans: Into the Hot (Impi]ulse, 1961) - Curson appears on one track
With Andrzej Trzaskowski
- Seant (1966)
With The Clinic Sextet
- Studio Live (Fifty Fifty Records 2006)
With Spirit Of Life Ensemble
- Live Au Duc (Rise Up Productions 2001)
- Planet Jazz (Rise Up Productions 2009)
- Baritone Madness (Bee Hive)
- 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.
- Gustafsson, Sari (2012-11-04). "Pori Jazzin legenda Ted Curson kuoli". Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish) (Lehtikuva).
- Allen, Clifford (2005-06-02). "Ted Curson: Atypical Ted". Allaboutjazz.com. All About Jazz. Retrieved 2007-08-02.
- Biography at AllMusic (web version)
- Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2006) . The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (Eighth ed.). New York: Penguin. p. 1267. ISBN 0-14-102327-9.
- "Ted Curson". ATPFestival.com. All Tomorrow's Parties. 2005. Retrieved 2007-07-25.
- Gilchrist, Todd (2006-03-20). "Teorema". IGN.com. IGN Entertainment, Inc. Retrieved 2007-07-25.
- Teorema at the Internet Movie Database
- The State of Jazz: Meet 40 More Jersey Greats, The Star-Ledger, September 28, 2004
- "The President’s Independence Day Reception on 6 December 2007". Office of the President of the Republic of Finland. Retrieved 2009-03-24.[dead link]
- Ted Curson at AllMusic