Teddy Weatherford, a highly rated and legendary pianist,
has been an obscure and mysterious figure whose few
records are prized by collectors. His resume and career
traverse international boundaries in his quest to present
American jazz in the far corners of the globe. Back then,
when the "jazz" label got pasted on any music that moved,
there was some confusion abroad about just what jazz was.
Was its essence syncopation or improvisation? Was it
considered futuristic, or a novelty act with drummers doing
tricks with sticks? Was it folk music or a more refined
expression? For that reason, American musicians on
foreign soil were enormously important locally, even if little
remembered back home.
Theodore Weatherford was born on Oct