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Died On This Date (January 15, 1964) Jack Teagarden / Jazz Great

Posted by themusicsover on January 15, 2010

Waldo “Jack” Teagarden
August 20, 1905 – January 15, 1964

Jack Teagarden was an influential jazz trombonist who achieved acclaim during the pre-bebop era.  He was also an accomplished composer and, unlike most other jazz greats, had a beautiful singing voice.  Teagarden had already learned to play the trombone by the time he was ten, and by his twenties, he was playing professionally in and around San Antonio, Texas.  Over the course of his career, Teagarden played with the likes of Louis Armstrong, Glenn Miller, Bix Beiderbecke, and Paul Whiteman.  Jack Teagarden was 58 when he died of a heart attack on January 15, 1964.

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