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Jack Teagarden


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Weldon Leo “Jack” Teagarden (August 20, 1905 – January 15, 1964), known as “Big T” and “The Swingin’ Gate”, was a jazz trombonist, bandleader, composer, and vocalist, regarded as the “Father of Jazz Trombone”.

Born in Vernon, Texas, his brothers Charlie and Clois “Cub” and his sister Norma also became noted professional musicians. Teagarden’s father was an amateur brass band trumpeter and started young Jack on baritone horn; by age seven he had switched to trombone. He first heard jazz music played by the Louisiana Five and decided to play in the new style.

Teagarden’s trombone style was largely self-taught, and he developed many unusual alternative positions and novel special effects on the instrument. He is usually considered the most innovative jazz trombone stylist of the pre-bebop era, and did much to expand the role of the instrument beyond the old tailgate style role of the early New Orleans brass bands. Chief among his contributions to the language of jazz trombonists was his ability to interject the blues or merely a “blue feeling” into virtually any piece of music.
By 1920 Teagarden was playing professionally in San Antonio, including with the band of pianist Peck Kelley. In the mid 1920s he started traveling widely around the United States in a quick succession of different bands. In 1927, he went to New York City where he worked with several bands. By 1928 he played for the Ben Pollack band.


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  • mirusl

    Para mi fue uno de los mejores trombonistas de la buena época del Jazz, con la oquesta de Louis Armstrong, grandioso! OK?

    29 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Cat_007

    Great Jack!

    1 Sep 2012 Reply
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  • Jamesismynamo

    Probably my favorite trombonist.

    14 Apr 2010 Reply
  • SYL2Oh

    A musician between tradition and modernity, which also revealed a remarkable blues singer.

    29 Apr 2008 Reply
  • zrsullivan

    Up there with Louis as a singer & improviser. I love this man.

    27 Jan 2008 Reply
  • Jojobi

    Empty Shoutbox? I cant believe it..

    24 Aug 2007 Reply

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