Teddy Charles talks about the meaning of truth on the sea and on the jazz stage in these excerpts from an interview made on a very windy day aboard his schooner, the Mary E.
In June 2002, Sam Stephenson and Dan Partridge travelled from New York to the Village of Greenport on Long Island to interview Teddy Charles (April 13, 1928 - April 16, 2012). Teddy was an extraordinary composer, arranger, vibraphonist, sea captain, and a close friend of the late, great loft resident Hall Overton. Like Overton, Teddy Charles had a tremendous understanding of both classical and jazz music. In 1967, Charles essentially abandoned his jazz career for the ocean life. His discography includes some "return" appearances in 1988 and a more formal reemergence and curtain call starting in 2008. The footage in this video was taken aboard his 1906 swordfishing schooner The Mary E. During his career as a charter captain, he also owned the following boats: the Tiki, the Golden Eagle, and the Skipjack Pilgrim.
Read more about Teddy Charles in The New York Times obituary:
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