[Dixielandjazz] Re: Lesson From Jack Teagarden, Almost
Robert S. Ringwald
ringwald at calweb.com
Sun Mar 23 21:04:11 PST 2003
A few weeks ago there was a discussion about Jack Teagarden.
Several musicians on the List were telling their stories of how
they met Jack. I sent a couple of the messages to my good friend
Bob Havens. In reply, Bob sent me the following email and gave
me permission to post it on DJML.
Bob mr.wonderful at ringwald.com
Sent: Sunday, February 23, 2003 1:08 AM
Subject: Re: A Lesson with Jack Teagarden (almost)
Thanks for the Jim Beebe story about he and Teagarden.
I was in Chicago during that same year that Jim mentioned and was
playing an engagement with Al Hirt at the Empire Room of the
Palmer House Hotel. I stopped at the Club Continental to
listen to Scobey's band several times after finishing our show.
Teagarden and his band were also in town but I had not managed to
hear him yet.
One night our band came on stage to do our regular hour show. I
was scheduled to do my impression of Jack Teagarden's recording
of LOVER. The curtain opened and we walked out on stage to begin
our show. I peered out into the audience and low and behold ,
right at the front table nearest the stage sat both Bob Scobey
and Jack Teagarden. You can imagine my feelings when I realized
that I would have to do my Teagarden impression when Jack was
sitting in the audience right in front of me. I was probably as
nervous as I have ever been in my life.
In later years I found out from the guys in Jack's band that one
time Jack did an impression of me doing my TIGER RAG solo while
moving the slide with his foot the same way that I did it. That
was the biggest compliment I could ever get coming from
Jack and I became good friends after first meeting that same year
in New Orleans.
I still rate him as the best ever of all trombonists.
Hot Tram Tooter & Bubble Blower
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