Song of the Day by Eric Berman – “She’s A Great, Great Girl” by Roger Wolfe Kahn & His Orchestra with Jack Teagarden

Singer, trombonist, Jack Teagarden, came from a musical family. His mother taught piano, his father was an amateur trumpeter and his siblings were also professional musicians. “The Big T” sang like he played trombone very lyrically and infused with the blues. During the 1920s he collaborated with the cream of the Jazz crop including Bix Beiderbecke, Fats Waller, Benny Goodman, Eddie Condon, Louis Armstrong and Roger Wolfe Kahn. This song was recorded in 1928 with Kahn & His Orchestra right after Teagarden came to New York City. Teagarden had every intention of joining Paul Whiteman’s band but ended up replacing Glenn Miller in the Ben Pollack Band. Within a year, he finally did join Whiteman’s band seeking financial security during The Great Depression. With Whiteman, he was afforded a solo spot as one of “The Three Ts” with Frankie Trumbauer and his brother Charlie Teagarden. He later joined Louis Armstrong’s All Stars in the mid-1940s and appeared with him performing “Rocking Chair” in Bert Stern’s documentary film about the 1957 Newport Jazz Festival called “Jazz On A Summer Day.”

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