Jack Teagarden

Trombonist Jack Teagarden was a mainstay of late 1920s New York Jazz scene. He was also one of the best White Jazz singers, particularly when he sang the Blues on songs like Making Friends. He recorded frequently with many groups that included Roger Wolfe Kahn Orchestra, Eddie Condon, Red Nichols and Louis Armstrong. In late 1933, he signed a five-year contract with Paul Whiteman Orchestra. After leaving Whiteman in 1939 Jack Teagarden put together a big band that would continue to play until 1946.

From 1947 to 1951 he was a sideman with the Louis Armstrong's All-Stars. After leaving Armstrong , Teagarden led a Dixieland sextet throughout the remainder of his career, playing with such talented musicians as Jimmy McPartland, and (during a 1957 European tour) pianist Earl Hines. Teagarden toured the Far East during 1958-59, teamed up one last time with Eddie Condon for a television show/recording session in 1961 . He died from pneumonia in New Orleans in 1964.