Teagarden, Jack, 1905-1964

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Jazz musician Weldon Leo (Jack) Teagarden (1905-1964) was born in Vernon, Texas, to Charles and Helen Teagarden. Beginning piano lessons at the age of five, Teagarden switched to trombone two years later. After his first professional performance in 1921, Teagarden played with several Texas bands and made his first trip to New York in 1926. A year later he moved to the city and defeated Glenn Miller for the position of first trombone in Ben Pollack’s band. Teagarden made his first recording as a member of Pollack’s Kentucky Grasshoppers and went on to record with many jazz greats, including Red Nichols, Benny Goodman, and Louis Armstrong. He was also one of the first white jazz musicians to record with black players.

Departing from the traditional Dixieland “tailgate” trombone style, Teagarden’s playing avoided a strict solo beat and incorporated upper register solos, “blue notes,” and lip trills. He was the featured performer at 1957’s Newport Jazz Festival and appeared in the movies Birth of the Blues (1941), The Glass Wall (1953), and Jazz on a Summer's Day (1959).

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Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. " Teagarden, Weldon Leo [Jack]," (accessed October 18, 2010).

From the guide to the Teagarden, Jack, Archive 2006-119; 2006-155; 2006-209., 1937-1963, 1975, (Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin)

Jazz musician Weldon Leo (Jack) Teagarden (1905-1964) was born in Vernon, Texas, to Charles and Helen Teagarden.

Beginning piano lessons at the age of five, Teagarden switched to trombone two years later. After his first professional performance in 1921, Teagarden played with several Texas bands and made his first trip to New York in 1926. A year later he moved to the city and defeated Glenn Miller for the position of first trombone in Ben Pollack's band. Teagarden made his first recording as a member of Pollack's Kentucky Grasshoppers and went on to record with many jazz greats, including Red Nichols, Benny Goodman, and Louis Armstrong. He was also one of the first white jazz musicians to record with black players.

Departing from the traditional Dixieland "tailgate" trombone style, Teagarden's playing avoided a strict solo beat and incorporated upper register solos, "blue notes," and lip trills. He was the featured performer at 1957's Newport Jazz Festival and appeared in the movies Birth of the Blues (1941), The Glass Wall (1953), and Jazz on a Summer's Day (1959).

Source:

Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Teagarden, Weldon Leo [Jack]," (accessed October 18, 2010).

From the description of Teagarden, Jack, Archive, 1937-1963, 1975 (University of Texas Libraries). WorldCat record id: 776641523

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creatorOf Teagarden, Jack, 1905-1964. I'm gonna stomp Mr. Henry Lee [Multimédia multisupport] / Jack Teagarden, trb. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Teagarden, Jack, 1905-1964. The world is waiting for the sunrise [Multimédia multisupport] / Jack Teagarden, trb. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Teagarden, Jack, 1905-1964. What till I catch you in my dreams [Multimédia multisupport] / Jack Teagarden, trb. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Teagarden, Jack, 1905-1964. Muddy waters blues / Jack Teagarden and his orchestra. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Teagarden, Jack, 1905-1964. And so I do [Multimédia multisupport] / Jack Teagarden, trb. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Duke Ellington recordings collection Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library, Harvard College Library
creatorOf Teagarden, Jack, 1905-1964. Dr. Heckle and Mr. Jibe [Multimédia multisupport] / Jack Teagarden, trb. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Teagarden, Jack, 1905-1964. That's serious thing [Multimédia multisupport] / Jack Teagarden, trb. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Teagarden, Jack, 1905-1964. Fare thee well to Harlem [Multimédia multisupport] / Jack Teagarden, trb. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Teagarden, Jack, 1905-1964. I hear bluebirds [Multimédia multisupport] / Jack Teagarden, trb. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Teagarden, Jack, 1905-1964. What till I catch you in my dreams [Multimédia multisupport] / Jack Teagarden, trb. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Gloria de Herrera papers, 1936-1996, 1947-1985 Getty Research Institute
creatorOf Teagarden, Jack, 1905-1964. Big eight blues [Multimédia multisupport] / Jack Teagarden, trb. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Teagarden, Jack, 1905-1964. Stars fell on Alabama [Multimédia multisupport] / Jack Teagarden and his orchestra. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Teagarden, Jack, 1905-1964. St. James infirmary [Multimédia multisupport] / Jack Teagarden, trb. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Teagarden, Jack, 1905-1964. Dr. Heckle and Mr. Jibe [Multimédia multisupport] / Jack Teagarden, trb. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Teagarden, Jack, 1905-1964. Teagarden, Jack, Archive, 1937-1963, 1975 University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn Southern Folklife Collection Artist Name File, 1940-2005 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Folklife Collection.
creatorOf Teagarden, Jack, 1905-1964. River home [Multimédia multisupport] / Jack Teagarden, trb. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Teagarden, Jack, 1905-1964. And so I do [Multimédia multisupport] / Jack Teagarden, trb. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Teagarden, Jack, 1905-1964. Devil may care [Multimédia multisupport] / Jack Teagarden, trb. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Grover Sales Collection, 1940-2004 Archive of Recorded Sound
referencedIn Irving Berlin collection of non-commercial sound recordings [sound recording] The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
creatorOf Teagarden, Jack, 1905-1964. Big eight blues [Multimédia multisupport] / Jack Teagarden, trb. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Teagarden, Jack, 1905-1964. Devil may care [Multimédia multisupport] / Jack Teagarden, trb. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn American Vaudeville Museum collection, 1845-2007, (bulk 1910-1940) University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections
creatorOf Teagarden, Jack, 1905-1964. The world is waiting for the sunrise [Multimédia multisupport] / Jack Teagarden, trb. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Teagarden, Jack, 1905-1964. Night on the shalimar [Multimédia multisupport] / Jack Teagarden, trb. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Teagarden, Jack, 1905-1964. Prelude to the blues [Multimédia multisupport] / Jack Teagarden and his orchestra. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Teagarden, Jack, Archive 2006-119; 2006-155; 2006-209., 1937-1963, 1975 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin .
creatorOf Teagarden, Jack, 1905-1964. I'm gonna stomp Mr. Henry Lee [Multimédia multisupport] / Jack Teagarden, trb. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Teagarden, Jack, 1905-1964. Shine [Multimédia multisupport] / Jack Teagarden, trb. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Edward Beach Collection, 1940-1975, (bulk 1950-1975) Music Division Library of Congress
creatorOf Teagarden, Jack, 1905-1964. Stars fell on Alabama / Jack Teagarden and his orchestra. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Teagarden, Jack, 1905-1964. Fare thee well to Harlem [Multimédia multisupport] / Jack Teagarden, trb. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Hugh Morton Photographs and Films,  , late 1920s-2006, (bulk 1940s-1990s) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. North Carolina Collection.
creatorOf Teagarden, Jack, 1905-1964. Prelude to the blues / Jack Teagarden and his orchestra. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Teagarden, Jack, 1905-1964. That's serious thing [Multimédia multisupport] / Jack Teagarden, trb. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Teagarden, Jack, 1905-1964. The moon and the willow tree [Multimédia multisupport] / Jack Teagarden, trb. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Teagarden, Jack, 1905-1964. I hear bluebirds [Multimédia multisupport] / Jack Teagarden, trb. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Teagarden, Jack, 1905-1964. The moon and the willow tree [Multimédia multisupport] / Jack Teagarden, trb. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Beach, Ed. Edward Beach collection, 1940-1975 (bulk 1950-1975). Library of Congress
creatorOf Teagarden, Jack, 1905-1964. Night on the shalimar [Multimédia multisupport] / Jack Teagarden, trb. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Teagarden, Jack, 1905-1964. Basin street blues [Multimédia multisupport] / Jack Teagarden, trb. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Teagarden, Jack, 1905-1964. River home [Multimédia multisupport] / Jack Teagarden, trb. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Teagarden, Jack, 1905-1964. Muddy waters blues [Multimédia multisupport] / Jack Teagarden and his orchestra. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Teagarden, Jack, 1905-1964. Tiger rag / Jack Teagarden, trb. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Morton, Hugh M. Hugh Morton photographs and films: People and events, late 1920s-early 2000s (bulk 1940s-1990s) (Series 2). University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
creatorOf Teagarden, Jack, 1905-1964. Junk man / Jack Teagarden and his orchestra. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Teagarden, Jack, 1905-1964. Wolverine blues / Jack Teagarden and his orchestra. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
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associatedWith All Stars (Musical group : Louis Armstrong) corporateBody
associatedWith American Museum of Vaudeville corporateBody
associatedWith Beach, Ed. person
associatedWith Beach, Ed. person
associatedWith Beneke, Tex person
associatedWith Beneke, Tex person
associatedWith Berlin, Irving, 1888-1989 person
associatedWith Crosby, Bing, 1903-1977 person
associatedWith Cullen, Frank, 1936- person
associatedWith De Herrera, Gloria person
associatedWith Dodge, Joseph Jeffers person
associatedWith Herman, Woody, 1913-1987 person
associatedWith Jack Teagarden Orchestra corporateBody
associatedWith Jack Teagarden Sextet corporateBody
associatedWith Joy, Jimmy person
associatedWith Joy, Jimmy person
associatedWith McNeilly, Donald, 1945- person
associatedWith McVea, Jack person
associatedWith McVea, Jack person
associatedWith Morton, Hugh M. person
associatedWith Morton, Hugh M. person
associatedWith Sales, Grover, Mr. person
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Birth 1905-08-20

Death 1964-01-15

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