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