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Posts Tagged ‘Jack Teagarden’

Died On This Date (May 24, 2014) Ed Shaughnessy / Drummer In Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show Band

Posted by themusicsover on May 24, 2013

Ed Shaughnessy
January 29, 1929 – May 24, 2013

Ed-ShaughnessyAs a driving force of the Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson band, Ed Shaughnessy was one of the most famous drummer in America, if not the world, for the better part of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s.  Specializing in swing and bebop, Shaughnessy cut his teeth in New York City during the 40s playing with the likes of Jack Teagarden and George Shearing.  He then went on to play behind Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman and Count Basie before being hired by the Tonight Show Band with whom he played for 29 years.  In between, he played on recordings by a list of who’s who of jazz greats.  Ed Shaughnessy was 84 when he died of a heart attack on May 24, 2013.

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Died On This Date (June 6, 1991) Stan Getz / Jazz Great

Posted by themusicsover on June 6, 2010

Stan Getz (Born Stan Gayetzky)
February 2, 1927 – June 6, 1991

Stan Getz was a jazz saxophone player who earned the nickname, “The Sound” because of his warm mellow tone.  Although he tried his hand at several different instruments, it was the saxophone he received from his father at 13 that Getz connected with.  He reportedly practiced as much as eight hours a day and was soon playing in the All City High School Orchestra of New York City.   And remarkably, Getz was hired at just 16 years old to play in Jack Teagarden’s band.  He would go on to play with the likes of Nat King Cole, Lionel Hampton, Benny Goodman and Stan Kenton before he was barely into his 20s.   Throughout the ’50s and ’60s, Getz came to exemplify all that was “cool jazz.”  He also dabbled in bossa nova, partnering with Tom Jobim, Joao Gilberto and Astrud Gilberto to record the classic album, Getz/Gilberto from which their Grammy-winning hit “The Girl From Impanema” came from.  In the ’70s, Getz moved toward fusion, recording with Stanley Clarke and Chick Corea.  Stan Getz struggled with drug and alcohol addiction from an early age, which likely lead to his death from liver failure at the age of 64.

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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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