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Home of Musician and Educator David Marriott, Jr.

David Marriott, Jr. is a jazz trombonist, composer/arranger, educator, and blogger. A two-time Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Award recipient and winner of the 1999 National Jazz Trombone Competition, David is active in a variety of Seattle jazz groups, including the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, Zubatto Syndicate and his own critically-acclaimed groups Septology and Triskaidekaband.

Happy Birthday, Jack Teagarden (1905-1964)

teagardenj.jpgTruly one of the greats on the trombone, Jack Teagarden will forever be remembered for his warm, fluid technique and the down-home Southern-style charm in his voice.  He often shared the stage with the great Louis Armstrong in the later years of his career, but his early recordings from the 1930s and 1940s are still my best models for "swing" trombone playing. Jack Teagarden is not easy to emulate (or even copy for that matter), let me tell you! He makes it looks and sound very easy, but behind all that butter is something else, to be certain. As usual on birthdays, check the videos below, which show Teagarden in his prime for the most part, as well as clicking to this Swing Symphony Cartoon from 1944, The Pied Piper of Basin Street, featuring Jack Teagarden (this one can't be added to the group of videos below, otherwise I would embed it with the rest, but check it out at YouTube).