A Hundred Years From Today - The Genius Of Jack Teagarden

Born 100 years ago this week, Jack Teagarden was the first truly great jazz trombone soloist whose unorthodox technique and astonishing virtuosity quickly established him as a true jazz legend.



In the 1920s Jack played and sang in his lazy Texan drawl with everyone who was anyone: Red Nichols, Benny Goodman, Eddie Condon and Louis Armstrong, before joining Paul Whiteman as the star soloist for five years in the 1930s.

Alongside archival interviews with Jack and Charlie Teagarden, Geoffrey Smith is joined by trombonists Roy Williams and Scott Stroman to look at Jack's early work and examine what made up that unique sound.

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Following the demise of his own big band in the early 1940s, Jack returned to his preferred style of jazz - small group playing.

After teaming up with Bud Freeman, Rex Stewart and Eddie Condon, Jack joined Louis Armstrong's All Stars and enjoyed several wonderful years with Louis before leaving to lead a succession of small groups with Bobby Hackett, Erroll Garner, Earl 'fatha' Hines and Don Goldie.

Geoffrey Smith is joined by trombonists Scott Stroman and Roy Williams to look at Jack's later career and at how, despite various setbacks, Jack secured his name as jazz's number one trombonist.