Bud Freeman's (Very) Brief Sojourn with Whiteman

by David Tenner

Until I read Volume Two of Don Rayno's *Paul Whiteman: Pioneer in American Music* I had not realized that Bud Freeman had been with Whiteman's band. It was a very brief sojourn; he joined in March 1936 and left the next month to join Tommy Dorsey. None of the few recordings the full Whiteman band made (on March 10 and March 13) when Freeman was with them has a Freeman solo. However, he did solo on "I'se a Muggin'" with "Paul Whiteman Presents the Teagarden Boys and Trumbauer Swing Section," recorded March 10. (Personnel: Charlie Teagarden (t); Jack Teagarden (tb); Frank Trumbauer (Cm); John "Bullet" Cordaro (cl); Bud Freeman (ts); Roy Bargy (p); Art Miller (sb); Carl Kress (g); Bob White (d).) You can listen to it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=birGQbJF2PY

Part One features nice solos by the Teagardens and Freeman. Personally, I find the "humorous" patter in Part Two a bit tedious, though...

Posted on Aug 10, 2017, 6:24 AM

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