Texas Tea Party
Original 1933-1950 recordings
Naxos Jazz Legends
- I Gotta Right To Sing the Blues. Jack Teagarden Orchestra
- Texas Tea Party. Benny Goodman Orchestra
- Octoroon. Jack Teagarden Orchestra
- Muddy River Blues. Jack Teagarden Orchestra
- Jack Hits the Road. Bud Freeman & His Famous Chicagoans
- Aunt Hagar’s Blues. Paul Whiteman & His Swing Wing.
- The Blues have Got Me. Jack Teagarden Orchestra
- Casanova’s Lament. The Capital Jazzmen
- Stars Fell on Alabama. Jack Teagarden’s Chicagoans
- If I Could Be with You (One Hour Tonight). V Disk All Stars
- Rockin’ Chair. Jack Teagarden & His Swinging Gates
- Home. George Wettling’s New Yorkers
- When Your Love has Gone. Eddie Condon & His Orchestra
- St Louis Blues. Jack Teagarden’s Big Eight
- Blues After Hours. Jack Teagarden’s Big Eight
- Nobody Knows (and Nobody Seems to Care) Eddie Condon & His Orchestra
- A Song was Born. Louis Armstrong & His All Stars
- A Monday Date. LaVere’s Chicago Loopers
Jack Teagarden (1905 to 1964) was a tremendously influential
figure in jazz; he defined the jazz trombone for all that have followed.
Prior to ‘Big T’s’ influence jazz trombone players had played only short
solos which were by and large similar to the ‘tailgate’ style they played
in the New Orleans ensemble. In many ways his influence on jazz trombone
players had the same impact as Louis Armstrong had on jazz trumpet.
He was also a jazz vocalist of some note and an ideal foil for Louis
Armstrong in the All Stars, although he only stayed in the Armstrong
Band for four years, it was a very influential period for the band,
Louis and jazz in general.
As can be seen from the listings above the band names
in that period were almost as bizarre as those of many later day rock
groups! This is however a very interesting and representative selection
of Teagarden’s trombone playing and singing. The earliest track (1933)
was made when he was 28 and his instantly recognisable style was already
formed. I was quite surprised to find that on track 2, Benny Goodman
who was 3 years younger, sounded like Pee Wee Russell, his development
was obviously at a slower pace! It is perhaps a strange coincidence
that the said Pee Wee was present playing with Bud Freeman’s Band on
The Paul Whiteman track was a feature for Jack during
his time with that Orchestra, he is heard on both Vocal and Trombone
and as usual, his work on both is impressive.
Stars Fell on Alabama was always a Teagarden favourite
and the version here with Billy May on Trumpet is a classic.
Track 10 was originally a V Disk, for anyone unfamiliar
with them, V Disks were made as morale boosters for the US Forces in
World War II. They have been in demand with collectors from the time
of their issue to date. Louis Armstrong is heard here together with
Billy Butterfield and Bobby Hackett on trumpet and cornet respectively.
Rockin’ Chair with Wingy Manone is very similar to the later version
Jack did with Louis Armstrong on the famous 1947 New York Town Hall
Track 12 has Coleman Hawkins on Tenor, he only gets
16 bars here, but it is sufficient to identify this giant of the tenor
St Louis Blues has Max Kaminsky on Trumpet and Peanuts
Hucko another Armstrong All star on Clarinet. The track with the All
Stars has Hucko’s predecessor Barney Bigard on Clarinet. Bigard had
of course already become a well-known soloist with the Duke Ellington
Orchestra by this time.
This is an essential item for those interested in how
jazz developed during this period and one I enjoyed listening to. The
re-mastering is first class as are the sleeve notes, which is not always
the case with budget re-issues.