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Jack Teagarden

One of the classic giants of jazz, Jack Teagarden was not only the top pre-bop trombonist (playing his instrument with the ease of a trumpeter) but one of the best jazz singers too. He was such a fine musician that younger brother Charlie (an excellent trumpeter) was always overshadowed. Jack started on piano at age five (his mother Helen was a ragtime pianist), switched to baritone horn, and finally took up trombone when he was ten. Teagarden worked in the Southwest in a variety of territory bands (most notably with the legendary pianist Peck Kelley) and then caused a sensation when he came to New York in 1928. His daring solos with Ben Pollack caused Glenn Miller to de-emphasize his own playing with the band, and during the late-'20s/early Depression era, "Mr. T." recorded frequently with many groups including units headed by Roger Wolfe Kahn, Eddie Condon, Red Nichols, and Louis Armstrong ("Knockin' a Jug"). His versions of "Basin Street Blues" and "Beale Street Blues" (songs that would remain in his repertoire for the remainder of his career) were definitive. Teagarden, who was greatly admired by Tommy Dorsey, would have been a logical candidate for fame in the swing era but he made a strategic error. In late 1933, when it looked as if jazz would never catch on commercially, he signed a five-year contract with Paul Whiteman. Although Whiteman's Orchestra did feature Teagarden now and then (and he had a brief period in 1936 playing with a small group from the band, the Three T's, with his brother Charlie and Frankie Trumbauer), the contract effectively kept Teagarden from going out on his own and becoming a star. It certainly prevented him from leading what would eventually became the Bob Crosby Orchestra.

In 1939, Jack Teagarden was finally "free" and he soon put together a big band that would last until 1946. However, it was rather late to be organizing a new orchestra (the competition was fierce) and, although there were some good musical moments, none of the sidemen became famous, the arrangements lacked their own musical personality, and by the time it broke up Teagarden was facing bankruptcy. The trombonist, however, was still a big name (he had fared quite well in the 1940 Bing Crosby film The Birth of the Blues) and he had many friends. Crosby helped Teagarden straighten out his financial problems, and from 1947-1951 he was a star sideman with Louis Armstrong's All-Stars; their collaborations on "Rocking Chair" are classic. After leaving Armstrong, Teagarden was a leader of a steadily working sextet throughout the remainder of his career, playing Dixieland with such talented musicians as brother Charlie, trumpeters Jimmy McPartland, Don Goldie, Max Kaminsky, and (during a 1957 European tour) pianist Earl Hines. Teagarden toured the Far East during 1958-1959, teamed up one last time with Eddie Condon for a television show/recording session in 1961, and had a heartwarming (and fortunately recorded) musical reunion with Charlie, sister/pianist Norma, and his mother at the 1963 Monterey Jazz Festival. He died from a heart attack four months later and has yet to be replaced. ~ Scott Yanow
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: The Early Hits

1. Basin Street Blues

2. Dinah

3. She's A Great Great Girl

4. Makin' Friends

5. I'm Gonna Stop Mr Henry Lee

6. That's A Serious Thing

7. The Sheik Of Araby

8. Knockin' A Jug

9. My Kinda Love

10. Chances Are

11. I'Ve Got It

12. Somebody Stole Gabriels Horn

13. Octoroon

14. Christmas Night In Harlem

15. Aint Cha Glad

16. I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues

17. Davenport Blues

18. 'S Wonderful

19. You Rascal You

20. After You've Gone

21. Dr Heckle And Mr Jibe

22. Texas Tea Party

23. Junk Man

24. Swung The Election

25. Serenade To A Shylock

26. The Blues

27. Beale Street Blues

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Track List: 1944

1. China Boy

2. Hindustan

3. Aunt Hagar's Blues

4. Shine

5. Basin Street Blues

6. King Porter Stomp

7. Chinatown, My Chinatown

8. East Of The Sun

9. Mighty Like A Rose

10. Swingin' On The Teagarden Gate

11. Beale Street Blues

12. Rompin' And Stompin'

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Track List: Unforgetables

1. Basin Street Blues

2. Jack Armstrong Blues

3. Georgia On My Mind

5. Dark Eyes

6. Rockin' Chair

7. Wolverine Blues

8. That's A Plenty

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Track List: Texas T Party

1. She's A Great, Great Girl

2. That's A Serious Thing

3. I'm Gonna Stomp Mr. Henry Lee

4. My Kinda Love (One Way To Paradise)

5. Never Had A Reason To Believe In You

6. Tailspin Blues

7. Two Tickets To Georgia

8. Ain't Misbehavin'

9. Nobody's Sweetheart

10. Announcer's Blues

11. I'se A Muggin'

12. Blues After Hours

13. St. Louis Blues

14. Say It Simple

15. Jam Session At Victor

16. I Cover The Waterfront

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Track List: Horns

1. Stars Fell On Alabama

2. I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues

3. A Monday Date

4. Octoroon

5. Nobody Knows (And Nobody Seems To Care)

6. Aunt Hagar's Blues

7. Muddy River Blues

8. The Blues Have Got Me

9. Casanova's Lament

10. If I Could Be With You (One Hour Tonight)

11. Home (When Shadows Fall)

12. When Your Lover Has Gone

13. St. Louis Blues

14. Blues After Hours

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Track List: When Jazz Was King

1. Tishomingo Blues

2. Original Dixieland One Step

3. Atlanta Blues

4. A Handful Of Keys

5. Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans

6. High Society

7. Beale Street Blues

8. Wolverine Blues

9. Royal Garden Blues

10. St/ James Infirmary

11. Muskrat Ramble

12. Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen

13. It's Time For T

14. Out Of Nowhere

15. Body And Soul

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Track List: Swingin' On A Teagarden Gate - From The Archives (Remastered)

1. Octaroon

2. The Blues

3. Mr. Jessie Blues

4. Swingin' On A Teagarden Gate

5. The Mole

6. Somewhere A Voice Is Calling

7. I Can't Get Away From The Blues

8. Yankee Doodle

9. Aunt Hagar's Blues

10. I Swung The Election

11. Harlem Jump

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Track List: Texas Trombone

1. Dixie Land One Step

2. Beale St. Blues

3. Handful Of Keys

4. St. James Infirmary Blues

5. High Society (2012)

6. Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans

7. After You've Gone

8. When The Saints Go Marching In

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Track List: 1944-1947

1. Beale Street Blues

2. I Swung The Election

3. If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight

4. Chinatown, My Chinatown

5. Big 'T' Blues

6. Rockin' Chair

7. Pitchin' A Bit Short

8. Hobson Street Blues

9. Muskat Rumble

10. Way Down Yonder In New Orleans

11. Basin Street Blues

12. Martian Madness

13. On The Road To Mandalay

14. Saving You For Me

15. Body And Soul

16. St. Louis Blues

17. Blues After Hours

18. Jam Session At Victor

19. Say It Simple

20. On Revival Day

21. Wolverine Blues

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Track List: 1941-1943

1. Dark Eyes

2. Prelude In C Sharp Minor

3. Chicks Is Wonderful

7. Blue River

8. St. James Infirmary

9. Black And Blue

10. Hundred Years From Today

11. Rhythm Hymn

13. Blues Have Got Me

14. Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen

15. Clambake In B Flat

16. Cassanova's Lament

17. In My Solitude

18. I'm Sorry I Made You Cry

19. Mighty Lak' A Rose

20. Stars Fell On Alabama

21. 'Deed I Do

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Track List: King Of The Blues Trombone Volume 2

1. Chances Are

2. I've Got It

3. Ain't Cha Glad?

4. Dr. Heckle And Mr. Jibe

5. Texas Tea Party

7. I Just Couldn't Take It Baby

10. China Boy

14. Your Guess Is As Good As Mine

16. I Hope Gabriel Likes My Music

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Track List: Think Well Of Me

1. Where Are You?

2. Cottage For Sale

3. Guess I'll Go Back Home This Summer

4. I'm A Fool About My Mama

5. Don't Smoke In Bed

6. In A Little Waterfront Cafe

7. Think Well Of Me

8. Old Folks

9. Country Boy Blues

10. Tain't So Honey, Tain't So

11. 'Round The Old Deserted Farm

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Track List: Mis'ry And The Blues

1. Don't Tell A Man About His Woman

2. Basin Street Blues

3. Froggie Moore Blues

4. I Don't Want To Miss Mississippi

5. It's All In Your Mind

6. Mis'ry And The Blues

7. Original Dixieland One-Step

8. Love Lies

9. Afternoon In August

10. Peaceful Valley

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Track List: Jazz Great

1. King Porter Stomp

2. Eccentric

3. Davenport Blues

4. Original Dixieland One Step

5. Bad Acting Woman

6. Misery And The Blues

7. High Society

8. Music To Love By

9. Meet Me Where They Play The Blues

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Track List: Club Hangover Broadcasts

Disc 1

1. Opening Theme And Announcement

2. Struttin' With Some Barbecue

3. Basin Street Blues

4. Muskrat Ramble

5. Intermission Piano-The Pearls

6. When The Saints Go Marching In

7. Closing Theme And Announcement

8. Opening Theme And Announcement (Feat. Jackie Coon)

9. South Rampart Street Parade

10. St. Louis Blues

11. Lover

12. Intermission Piano-Jogle Woogle

13. St. James Infirmary

14. That'S A-Plenty

15. Closing Theme And Announcement (Feat. Jackie Coon)

Disc 2

1. Opening Theme

2. Jazz Me Blues

3. Tin Roof Blues

4. I'm Gonna Stomp, Mr. Henry Lee

5. Intermission Piano - A Handful Of Keys

6. Royal Garden Blues

7. Closing Theme

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Track List: Best Recordings And Unissued Masters

1. Indiana 29708-A

2. Indiana 29708-B

3. Dinah

4. On The Alamo

5. Rose Of Washington Square

6. Smiles 30540-A

7. Smiles 30540-B

8. I'm Just Wild About Harry

9. After You've Gone

10. I Want To Be Happy

11. Tea For Two

12. Peg O' My Heart 33304-A

13. Peg O' My Heart 33304-B

14. Sweet Georgia Brown

15. China Boy

16. The Sheik

17. Shim-Me-Sha-Wabble 33334-A

18. Shim-Me-Sha-Wabble 33334-B

19. On Revival Day, Part 1 34626-A

20. On Revival Day, Part 2 34628-A

21. On Revival Day, Part 1 34627-B

22. On Revival Day, Part 2 34626-B

23. Yours And Mine

24. Sweet And Hot

25. Sweet Rosita

26. Keep A Song In Your Soul

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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Don't stop this is freaky! But if you read and ignore this you will have bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 143 minutes. When you are done press the space bar. Your crushes name will appear on the screen it is so creepy but it works.
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Jack Teagarden is the greatest. Listened to him and his band on 52nd St in NYC many times
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saqib_jodi
My favorite song since forever...wi s h I could go back in time :)
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One of the all time greats...rem a r k a b l e !
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vjk41
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Saw Tea in Phoeniz, 1956 at a concert to benefit crippled children
Put on by, I think, the Shriners.
Others appearing were Red Nichols, Ella Fitzgerald, more.
Emceed by Phil Harris. What a show. First time I ever heard Tea
play "Lover". Never got over it.
Went out to the "House of Jazz"
Following Saturday, Tea had a gig there, sat thru a couple of sets before they threw me out. (17 yrs)
Couldn't believe the music that man made. Never got over that either.
DWBlesh
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Jack Teagarden was fantastic!
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I was in the Army Air Force in 1945. Saw Jack and his big band at a USO dance at Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis.
I'll never Forget it!
Geo. Webber
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Jack Teagarden showed the world how to enjoy the blues depression and reversals of life. He is musically the finest wine and Cognac. perfect intonation on this piece.
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SIMPLY GREAT!. DANCED TO HIS BAND IN 1944-45 IN THE PEABODY HOTEL IN MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE, AS A YOUNG SAILOR THE DANCES WERE CALLED THE TEA DANCES ALL OVER THE U.S. AND WERE GREAT. I WAS STATIONED AT THE NAVAL AIR TRAINING CENTER, BEFORE SHIPPING OUT AS AN 18 YEAR OLD MACHINE GUNNER/RADIO M A N , 3RD CLASS PETTY OFFICER ON THE OLD SB2C NAVY DIVE BOMBERS, CALLED THE BEAST BY THE PILOTS. WONDERFUL MUSIC, AND EXCITING TIMES FOR AN 18 YEAR OLD TRAINING FOR WAR.... I TREASURE THE MEMORIES.... T H E PEABODY
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My Grandfather Played with Jack Teagarden in one of the Territory Bands.
Doc Ross's Orchestra. 1920's and or 30's.
His name was Jack McPhee
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Perfection on the jazz 'bone.
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he's good
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robbhare
Proud to say, Jack was my Grandmother' s 1st cousin.
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frank_s
like the light swinging style.
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datb
A genius.
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GOT TO SEE JACK TEAGARDEN WAY BACK IN THE 50s WHEN HIS BAND WAS MAKING HIS TRIP AROUND THE WESTERN U.S. STATES,HE PUT ON A GREAT SHOW...

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