The Troy Street Observer

March 21, 1947: Big T and Friends at Symphony Hall

Jack Teagarden and a whole gang of Bostonians took over the stage at Symphony Hall on March 21, 1947.

Jack Teagarden photo
Teagarden, Lesberg, Kaminsky, and unknown drummer. Photo by William Gottlieb.

Jack Teagarden was all done with big bands by 1947, and like many others in jazz, Big T had settled into the small-group setting. Less than two weeks before this date, in fact, Teagarden had been in the studio for Victor, recording as Jack Teagarden’s Big Eight. Some of the eight were with him in the sextet he brought to Symphony Hall: trumpeter Max Kaminsky, clarinetist Peanuts Hucko, bassist Jack Lesberg, and drummer Dave Tough. (Pianist James P. Johnson filled out the group.) They surely played “St. Louis Blues,” “Say It Simple,” and other Big Eight tunes.

A second band was on the program, led by cornetist Bobby Hackett, with pianist Dick Carey, bassist Johnny Field, and drummer Buzzy Drootin.

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