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Theodore Curson

Theodore “Ted” Curson (June 3, 1935 – November 4, 2012) was an American jazz trumpeter. He is perhaps best known for recording and performing with the Charles Mingus’ 1960 quartet which also included Eric Dolphy and Dannie Richmond. Curson was born in Philadelphia and became interested in playing trumpet after watching a newspaper salesman play a silver trumpet. His father, however, preferred that his son become an alto saxophone player like Louis Jordan. At 10 years old, Ted received his first trumpet and later went on to study at Granoff Musical Conservatory in Philadelphia. At the suggestion of Miles Davis, he moved to New York City in 1956

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