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Elliott and Ted

Yesterday and today we commemorate two people who had a serious influence in jazz-music.  Elliott Carter (103) and Ted Curson (77).

Theodore “Ted” Curson (June 3, 1935 – November 4, 2012)  was an Americanjazz trumpeter. He is perhaps best known for recording and performing with Charles Mingus.

Curson was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He became interested in playing trumpet after watching a newspaper salesman play a silver trumpet. Curson’s father, however, preferred that his son should become an alto saxophone player like Louis Jordan. Finally, when Ted was 10 years old, he received his first trumpet.

Curson attended Granoff School of Music in Philadelphia. At the suggestion of Miles Davis, he moved to New York in 1956.  Curson performed and recorded with Cecil Taylor in the late 1950s and early 1960s.  His 1964 Eric Dolphy tribute composition “Tears for Dolphy” has been used in numerous films.

Curson was a resident of Montclair, New Jersey. He was also a familiar face in Finland, having performed annually at the Pori Jazz festival each year since the beginning of the event in 1966. In 2007, Curson performed at Finland’s Independence Day Ball at the invitation of president Tarja Halonen.

Curson died on November 4, 2012 in Montclair. (wikipedia)

 

Elliott Cook Carter Jr. (December 11, 1908 – November 5, 2012) was a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer. He studied with Nadia Boulanger in Paris in the 1930s, and then returned to the United States. After a neoclassical phase, he went on to writeatonal, rhythmically complex music. His compositions, which have been performed all over the world, include orchestral and chamber music as well as solo instrumental and vocal works.

He was extremely productive in his later years, publishing more than 40 works between the ages of 90 and 100,  and over 14 more after he turned 100 in 2008.  His last work, 12 Short Epigrams for piano, was completed on August 13, 2012. Carter died on November 5, 2012 at his home in New York City at age 103. (wikipedia)

 

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  1. November 9, 2012 at 2:32 pm

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