“Southern California was a hotbed of black musical creativity in the 1940s and early 50s. Los Angeles had both audience and artists in abundance. Scores of clubs and more than a few radio stations were caught up in the exhilaration of Be-bop. Sadly, the wealth of outlets rarely was given any space in national music publications and few people who weren’t on the scene even suspect that any music was being played outside of a few Hollywood jam sessions.”
Publicity is everything. You need press if you want to be promoted. I have been doing a great deal of research for my multimedia jazz project, Teddy Edwards Now, on the life and career of Teddy Edwards. Over the years, I came across some interesting quotes and articles that attempt to describe what Teddy Edwards's music and life was all about. I have posted some of these quotes below as well as two very rare interviews with Teddy Edwards, which I dug up from my own personal collection.
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"Teddy Edwards was an unsung hero of magnificent ramifications"
"He is a tenor whose work is particularly indentifiable by its deeply plunging pulsation and emotional engagement."
"His horn matches his personality."
"A swinging saxophonist who created eargasms of ecstatic Jazz joy."
"His solos are crafted with steamy riffs, rifled through like a deck of cards, blues hollers, sonorous moans and high wails, and middle register melodices that paraphrase the song under study."
"Teddy was known for his originality and always went his own direction and always wanted to prove something."
Bebop legend Teddy
makes his British debut as
tenorman with Tom Waits.
Brian Case meets the man.
© Time Out London April 4, 1981
|"Teddy Edwards and Art Hillery: |
they could pack the Vanguard."
VILLAGE VOICE - CONTINENTAL DIVIDE
BY GARY GIDDINS
June 7, 1988
Copyright Gary Giddins. Reprinted by permission of Gary Giddins.