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Teddy Edwards: Major Player on the West Coast Scene

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Born: April 26, 1924 in Jackson, Mississippi
Died: April 20, 2003 in Los Angeles, California

Teddy (Theodore Marcus) Edwards was a major figure on the post-war jazz scene in Los Angeles, where he settled in 1945, and adopted his familiar tenor (rather than alto) saxophone in a group led by Howard McGhee.

He led his own bands for five decades, and also worked as a soloist with many major names in jazz, including Max Roach, Benny Goodman, Shelly Manne, and Milt Jackson. He composed and arranged music for television and film, and led his own 17-piece Brass-String Ensemble.

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