Theodore Marcus Edwards, 26 April 1924, Jackson, Mississippi, USA, d. 20 April 2003, Los Angeles, California, USA. As a child Edwards played alto saxophone with local bands and continued playing this instrument when he moved to Detroit in 1940. He toured with territory bands in Michigan and Florida including those led by Ernie Fields and Stack Walton. In the Walton band he played alongside several proto-boppers including Howard McGhee, Wardell Gray and Al McKibbon. In 1944, Edwards settled in California and after playing with an R&B band led by Roy Milton he joined McGhee, switching to tenor saxophone. The McGhee band worked sporadically over the next couple of years, recording for Ross Russells Dial Records. The resulting four sides, Dilated Pupils, Midnight At Mintons, 52nd Street Theme and Up In Dodos Room achieved the status of minor classics and the final title alerted fans and musicians to the...
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