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Overview (4)

Born in Vernon, Texas, USA
Died in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA  (bronchial pneumonia)
Birth NameWeldon Leo Teagarden
Nickname Big T

Mini Bio (1)

Jack Teagarden played trombone with a relaxed style and a unique technique that still inspires awe even today. He was also a great jazz singer, charming and warm, with influences from the African American blues singers he listened to while growing up in Texas. Born on Aug. 29, 1905, Teagarden learned trombone by the age of 10. While still in his teens, he was touring with such groups as Peck Kelly's Bad Boys. He recorded with his own small groups and played notably as a sideman with Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Red Nichols and Eddie Condon. He performed in the Paul Whiteman Orchestra in the 1930s, then performed with his own band. From 1947 to 1951 he toured with the Louis Armstrong's "All-Stars", and Louis Armstrong considered him to be his equal. After leaving Armstrong in 1951, Teagarden worked with his own small band for the most of his career. After years of hard touring and drinking, he died of a heart attack in New Orleans in 1964.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: brickwall

Spouse (4)

Adeline Barriere (1942 - 15 January 1964) (his death) (1 child)
Billie Coates (1938 - 1941) (divorced)
Claire Manzi (1930 - 1936) (divorced)
Ora Binyon (1923 - 1930) (divorced) (2 children)

Trivia (8)

Jazz trombone virtuoso.
Was a member of "Louis Armstrong and his All-Stars."
Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1985.
From a jazz-oriented family. Mother Helen was a ragtime pianist. Brother of pianist Norma Teagarden (1911-1961); trumpeter Charley Teagarden (1913-1984); drummer Clois (nicknamed "Cub" or "Cubby") Teagarden (1915-1969).
Buried at: Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, California
He is considered one of the all-time greats in the history of jazz, known for his unique trombone style. One of the first jazz musicians to incorporate "blue notes" into his playing. Teagarden was also a respected jazz singer and developed his own blues vocal style.
He was an inventor, redesigning mouthpieces, mutes, and water valves and inventing a new musical slide rule.

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