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Theodore Curson, 3 June 1935, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Trumpeter Curson played carnival gigs at the age of 12 and studied with tenor player Jimmy Heath. In the mid-50s he relocated to New York and worked with top pianists Mal Waldron, Red Garland and Cecil Taylor. He made his name with Charles Mingus, playing alongside Eric Dolphy and Booker Ervin in the 1959-60 band. Next he co-led a band with Philadelphian tenor saxophonist Bill Barron, recording the moving Tears For Dolphy in 1964; but then left for Europe in 1965. In 1973 he played in Zurichs Playhouse orchestra and in the 70s freelanced in Paris and New York, playing with pianists Andrew Hill and Kenny Barron among others. Keen to spread jazz interest he has frequently played and lectured at UCLA, the University of Vermont and at Denmarks Vallekilde Music School. In the 80s he ran a New York City jazz radio show. Curson brings a fervent tone to everything he plays, combining it with an...