Jack Teagarden

Jack Teagarden was a trombone player, singer, and band leader whose career spanned from the 1920’s territory and New York jazz scenes to shortly before his death in 1964. Teagarden was not a successful band leader, which may explain why he is not as widely known as some other jazz trombonists, but his unusual singing style influenced several other important jazz singers, and he is widely regarded as the one of the greatest, and possibly the greatest, trombonist in the history of jazz.

Teagarden was born in 1905 in Vernon, Texas. Born Weldon Lee Teagarden or Weldon John Teagarden (more sources say Weldon Lee, but John makes more sense considering his nickname), Jack’s earliest performances were working with his mother Helen, who played ragtime piano, in theaters. His siblings also became professional musicians: his younger sister Norma played piano, his younger brother Charlie, trumpet, and his brother Clois (“Cub”), drums.

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Stars Fell On Alabama
Strand Records
2008
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Classic Jazz Archive
Strand Records
2004
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Mis'ry And The Blues
Strand Records
2003
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The Complete Roulette...
Strand Records
2003
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Meet Me Where They Play the Blues
Meet Me Where They...
Good Time Jazz
1999
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The Complete Capitol...
Strand Records
1996
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