Ted Curson's trumpet

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  1. Dupac

    Dupac Fortissimo User

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    Can anybody identify the trumpet Ted Curson holds in this picture ?
    Thanks in advance !
     
  2. wiseone2

    wiseone2 Artitst in Residence Staff Member

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    It's a Mahillion 4 valved piccolo trumpet.
    Ted and I used to get together and play Amsden duets. I owned a Mahillion, and when Ted played it he fell in love with the horn. Ted might be the first guy to use a piccolo in a jazz setting.
    Wilmer
     
  3. Ed Kennedy

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    In Chicago in the early '70's I used to go hear the Dave Remington band, Chicago's equivilant of the Vanguard band in NYC. One of the trumpet players, George Bean, played some great jazz solos on a Selmer 4 valve.
     
  4. Dupac

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    Thank you so much, gentlemen.
    Wilmer, you have all my respect and admiration.
    Mikel.
     
  5. bigtiny

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    You mean BEFORE 'I Sing the Body Electric ?!?!?!? =:-)

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  6. wiseone2

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    Ted and I go all the way back to junior high school.......YIKES!
    That picture is from the 60s.
    Wilmer
     
  7. MrTrimmings

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    Hi Wilmer;
    I was fortunate to hear Ted live back in '77 or '78 out here in Oregon..long time ago it seems. He had a new record out on Innercity I believe...Jubilant Power. He played picc on that gig..not sure what make...and suffice to say, blew the roof off da place! Amazing chops and energy and such a warm friendly person to talk to. Also had a young Jim McNeely on piano and, I think, it was Larry Gales on bass. Glad to know that Ted is still performing these days.
    Paul
     
  8. MrTrimmings

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    Duh..I looked at the picture and that looks like the picc he was playing on that night. Oh and just a few weeks later I heard Blue Mitchell and Art Pepper Quintet at that same tavern.
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  9. Dupac

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    The picture is by William Claxton and he says "Newport 1960" but I'm not sure ..
     
  10. bigtiny

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    I saw Ted sometime in the late 80's at the Willow Club in Somerville with a local rhythm section...I think it was probably James Williams, John Lockwood, and maybe Bob Gulotti on drums, but it was a long time ago. I remember Ted playing his ass off though!

    Also, when it first started, 'Musician' magazine was actually a really good magazine for musicians. They had a bunch of real pros do 'clinic' type columns on a monthly basis. I remember Ted used to do the trumpet column and it was excellent. I remember one particular column in which he talked about the importance of practicing intervallic studies...and particularly WIERD intervallic studies....

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