from Jackson, MS
April 26, 1924 - April 20, 2003 (age 78)
Teddy Edwards was, with Dexter Gordon and Wardell Gray, the top young tenor of the late '40s. Unlike the other two, he chose to remain in Los Angeles and has been underrated through the years but remained in prime form well into his 70s. Early on, he toured with Ernie Fields' Orchestra, moving to L.A. in 1945 to work with Roy Milton as an altoist. Edwards switched to tenor when he joined Howard McGhee's band and was featured in many jam sessions during the era, recording The Duel with Dexter Gordon in 1947. A natural-born leader, Edwards did work briefly with Max Roach & Clifford Brown (1954), Benny Carter (1955), and Benny Goodman (1964), and he recorded in the 1960s with Milt Jackson and Jimmy Smith. But it was his own records -- for Onyx (1947-1948), Pacific Jazz, Contemporary (1960-1962), Prestige, Xanadu, Muse, SteepleChase, Timeless, and Antilles -- that best displayed his playing and writing; Sunset Eyes is Edwards' best-known original. ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi
Teddy Edwards Sextet live 1962
My girlfriend quizzes me
Teddy Edwards - Heart & Soul
On Green Dolphin Street - Teddy Edwards
Teddy Edwards Nothin' But The Truth!
THE LEGEND OF TEDDY EDWARDS (2001)
Rein de Graaff trio with Teddy Edwards
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