Become a member and get exclusive access to articles, live sessions and more!
Start Your Free Trial

Trumpeter Ted Curson Dies at 77

Member of Mingus’ 1960 group was also highly popular in Finland

Ted Curson

Trumpeter Ted Curson, whose work included a high-profile stint with Charles Mingus and numerous solo outings, died Nov. 4 in Montclair, N.J. The cause was a heart attack. Curson was 77.

Born in Philadelphia in 1935, Curson began playing trumpet at age 10. After attending the Granoff School of Music in Philadelphia, he moved to New York in 1956. He made his recording debut in 1959 with Cecil Taylor on the pianist’s Love for Sale album, but it was his association with Charles Mingus, beginning in 1960, that brought Curson his first serious recognition. He appears on the albums Mingus, Mingus Revisited, Mingus at Antibes and Charles Mingus Presents Charles Mingus, all released in 1960. Curson was part of the Mingus group that also included alto saxophonist Eric Dolphy, tenor saxophonist Booker Ervin and drummer Dannie Richmond.

Start Your Free Trial to Continue Reading

Become a JazzTimes member to explore our complete archive of interviews, profiles, columns, and reviews written by music's best journalists and critics.
Originally Published