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Ted Curson RIP

Jazz trumpeter Ted Curson has died of heart failure age 77. 

Curson played on over 500 records as a sideman, and was leader on 18. He was influenced by Clifford Brown and Johnny Splawn, and encouraged by Miles Davis, he moved to New York in 1956. There he played with Red Garland, Vera Auer, and Cecil Taylor before joining Mingus's group for two years, where he played on Pre-Bird and Charles Mingus Presents Charles Mingus, among others. He left the group to lead a quartet with saxophonist Bill Barron and play freelance.

Notably, Curson contributed to the soundtrack for Pier Paolo Pasolini's Teorama, (the title track from Tears For Dolphy on which he was leader), although he was not credited, and it took a long legal wrangle for him to receive payment.

After the dissolution of his quartet Curson moved to Denmark, but moved back to New York in 1983 for a ten year contract to play in jam sessions at the Blue Note six nights a week. He told Brian Priestley in 1984: "Europe for me is like coming home, because I can do everything I want to do." He became heavily involved in running the Pori Jazz Festival in Finland, and was awarded the key to the city in 1988.