One of the prime movers of Los Angeles’ Central Avenue jazz scene in the 1940s has died. Tenor saxophonist Teddy Edwards passed on Sunday, April 20, in L.A. after suffering from prostrate cancer. He was 78.
Born April 26, 1924, in Jackson, Miss., Edwards began playing alto sax as a child. By age 12 had he toured in the South as a professional musician, and in 1940 he moved to Detroit to pursue his career. For the next five years he toured with bands based out of Michigan and Florida, before moving to Los Angeles in 1945, where he joined Howard McGhee’s group and switched to tenor sax.