Theodore "Ted" Curson (born June 3, 1935, died November 4, 2012) was a
jazz trumpeter. He was perhaps best-known for recording and performing
with Charles Mingus.
Curson got interested in playing trumpet through the fact that the local
newspaper salesman had a silver trumpet that he was playing on the streets
while selling newspapers. Curson's father could not afford a trumpet and
besides, he wanted Ted to become an alto player like his idol, Louis Jordan.
Finally, when Ted was 10 years old, his father found an old trumpet for him in
the Navy Yard. He soon after formed a band, the Bebop Trio, with friends from
Curson attended Granoff Musical Conservatory