Jack Teagarden

Swinging on the Teagarden Gate

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Trombonist Jack Teagarden led his own orchestra in the early '30s, worked almost exclusively as a sideman for most of the decade, and formed a swinging big band in 1939. This well-received but scarcely profitable ensemble made commercially produced recordings through 1941; most of the recorded evidence from the following years has been preserved for posterity in the form of Armed Forces-sponsored live and radio broadcast performances that took place during the Second World War. Released in 2005 on the Sounds of Yesteryear label, Swinging on the Teagarden Gate is to some extent a scaled-down sequel to the Jass label's Big T Jump, a more comprehensive 22-track compilation issued in 1995. The two editions share several titles, and the time frame is more or less identical: 1944-1945. Unfortunately, Teagarden was unable to keep his band together for very long after the war. By 1947 he was working as a member of Louis Armstrong's All-Stars, and cooking up traditional jazz with his old friend Eddie Condon.

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