Remembering Teddy Charles

This man played with Charlie Parker! Jazz vibr...
Jazz vibraphone legend Teddy Charles (Photo credit: NewYorkBrass)

Jazz vibraphonist, Teddy Charles passed away on April 16.  He was 84.  Dion, Charlie Parker, Charles Mingus, Miles Davis are some of the people he played and recorded with in his career.  His main period of creating was the 1950’s.  In his later years, he was captain of a Caribbean charter vessel, and had returned to music over the last few years, releasing an album as recently as 2009.  I have attached two videos here, the first is off a 1956 album, the second is an interview done in relation to his 2009 release.

Just One Of Those Things

Teddy Charles

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I enjoy travel, sports, music (a dedicated site at and anything else that jumps up at me for the moment, which is why I blog. There will be lots of travel posts, pictures and our videos as well as a smattering of sports and humour. I enjoy promoting Canada and am unabashedly a proud Albertan

Posted on May 6, 2012, in General, History, Jazz, Music, Remembering and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. One of the nicer things about Jazz than rock is that there’s a lot more of players moving to play with other acts. Even people that don’t know Teddy have probably heard him on something somewhere…
    Nice tribute. He will be missed.

    • So true el g. The guy played everywhere and pretty much unknown outside the business. The post I did on Rodgers grant fir example. He wrote Yeh Yeh. Who knew that??

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