So many people have asked me, What
do you want? that I would like to answer the question here.
I, Joseph Clois Teagarden want as the sole heir of the Estate of
disclosure from any person or firm planning to, or currently publishing
some form of the work(s) of the late, Jack Teagarden. Including,
but not limited to:
A chronological report of sales and uses of the works of Jack Teagarden
in the past and their corresponding Royalty Statements going as
far back as may be available or the law requires.
A report providing the contact information for any and all associated
persons estates, authors, artists, producers, publishers, proprietors,
companies and other firms that currently receive compensation in
association of the sales and use of publications using work of Jack
Copies of any agreements, contracts, licenses, or other authorizations
that may have been provided by any person(s) or firm(s) associated
with any use of the works of the late, Jack Teagarden.
Due compensation as directed by Jack and Addie Teagarden in accordance
with domestic and international law.
WHAT'S UP WITH JOE TEAGARDEN
by Brenda Teagarden
has been a few years since Joe Teagarden's mom, Addie Teagarden
passed on leaving him the Jack Teagarden Estate. Addie was the manager
of Jack's band for many years. She provided the business sense to
contribute to Jack's a great success in his later years. Unfortunately,
Addie was unable to realize and receive many of the royalties due
her from the publishing of his music and recordings he made over
a 5 decades. More recently, the rights of celebrities, performers
and writers have became more defined and legislation has contributed
to copyright law. Jack Teagarden died in January 1964 in New Orleans.
In spite of a proliferation of bootlegged music Jack Teagarden's
music has continued to be popular and many reputable firms have
been able to preserve and restore rights to the benefit of the Estate.
Addie Teagarden died broke, while many record producers and publishers
continued to profit from Jack Teagarden's music. For years Addie
was able to archive and to keep much of the memorabilia, songs,
sheet music, newspaper articles, and photos of Jack's career. As
her health began to fail, some of this was loaned out to alleged
friends and collectors of Jack Teagarden's music. She never wrote
any contracts or agreements with anyone giving them the right to
republish or produce any of his music. Yet, many have done this
very thing. Anyone who knew Addie Teagarden was aware that she was
adamant about this, particularly knowing that Joseph Teagarden,
the son of Jack and Addie was the only other remaining heir to his
father's music and related rights.
Since Addie died in February 1997, Joe Teagarden the only remaining
son and sole heir AT LAW has been tracking all of his songs and
recordings since Jack's humble beginnings as a trombone player and
composer who performed during the "Big Band" and the "Dixieland
Jazz" era's. This has been a major undertaking, requiring numerous
hours and funds to accomplish. Attorney's fees are exorbitant and
many of Jack's old friends and fellow musicians have gone on to
a more etheric bandstand, making the research even more difficult.
The law clearly states that Joe Teagarden has the right to any royalties
realized as a result of publishing and recording his father's music.
was quite surprised to find between 30-40 CD's in different record
stores and up to ninety different titles on music sites on the web.
Yet, Joe Teagarden has not received one red cent from any of these.
This doesn't even include the tapes or vinyl records that are still
available for sale. In a taped interview in the late 1940's, Jack
in his own words said that he was featured in over 5000 albums at
that point in time. Jack Teagarden was also in eighteen movies which
Joe and several of his friends has seen featured on T.V. He also
has not received any royalties for these.
website is part of the due diligence required to ascertain and to
claim his royalties. He has written and sent certified letters of
notification with the attached court order stating that Joe Teagarden
is the son and sole heir AT LAW to the music and related rights
of the late, Jack Teagarden, to over one hundred firms currently
using the works of Jack Teagarden for profit. Many have not responded
at all and in some cases, others have redirected him elsewhere,
stating that someone else is responsible for paying the royalties.
Distributors redirect him to record labels, record labels redirect
him to publishers and publishers redirect him back to other record
labels. Are we just "tilting at windmills" like Don Quixote?
Teagarden family is actively seeking anyone who would like to assist
in this quest. Joe is also attempting to create a scholarship fund
for musicians to further their music education. Joe would like to
contribute to the development of an online museum and library and
hopefully ease the pain of cataloging so much of the artistic wealth
currently being left to the Universities as each generation passes
on. Many of our universities and museums are backlogged with the
work of cataloging and incorporating newly donated material and
perhaps grant money should be offered to help them out.
anyone who reads this and is in appreciation of what Joe Teagarden
is trying to accomplish, please email or write him through the "Contact
Us" section of this website.
name is Brenda Teagarden, former wife and dear friend of Joe Teagarden.
I have been providing volunteer assistance to Joe for several months
and will continue to assist as much as I am able. Anyone else want
to get on the "Bandwagon", so to speak?
A NOTE FROM JOE
Teagarden Online, the website, (and
now JackTeagarden.com) has been up and running since the forth of
June and we have already had hundreds of visitors. Several people
have responded to our "general call for assistance" and
are sending in data, stories, donations, leads, suggestions, and
call for help is somewhat explained in the "Legal Dept."
section of the site but the bottom line is an inquiry. What happened?
How is it, that a musician such as my father, Jack Teagarden, who
gave is heart and soul to the development of a better world, who
was before his time in contributing to equal rights, whose work
has and continues to contribute to the GNP of many nations, whom
has been acknowledged as a major contributor by the State of California
as a pioneer in the development of the entertainment industry, and
whose music is still enjoyed throughout the world today,,, how is
it, that in this day and age,,, that his survivors receive little
or no benefit? How is it happening, or, how does it happen that
hundreds of thousands of dollars are spent every year, in the name
of "Jack Teagarden", and the few cents on the dollar that
are customarily provided to the "Estate" have never reached
us? How is this happening and can anything be done about it? If
you have an answer to this question I would love to hear from you.
per Jack Teagarden's Last Will, my father gave me hundred's of records
and tapes containing thousands of recordings, all of the written
music, four trombones, and a few other instruments. Most of these
things were placed in museums, lent to people for their personal
enjoyment, or given to others for "safe keeping" over
the years. To the best of my knowledge, no authorization has ever
been provided to use any of these recordings for commercial gain.
In some cases, these recordings have been found to be the "source
material" used to publish some of the unauthorized Records,
CD's and Tapes that are being sold here in the US and abroad.
years, I played, maintained, shined, and slept with those horns
and packed the manuscripts hundreds of times getting ready for the
next gig. Just for the fun of it, I would like to know where these
things are now where they have traveled over the last few decades
and perhaps tell their story.
major "bottom line" is that we just wanted to say, "Thank
you Dad", and, we love you too....
have been numerous responses to Vernajean's, Miami Herald article
by Sue Reisinger. Her article can be viewed through the link under
"News from Vernajean" found below in this web page. We,
the family of Jack Teagarden, thank all of you who have responded
and offered to assist in the book Vernajean mentioned in the article.
As a clarification, the book Vernajean intends to publish is not
a true historical biography of the life of the late Jack Teagarden,
but a collection of heart-felt and often humorous short stories
of the life and times of Jack Teagarden as Vernajean's Dad. In this
context, Vernajean is seeking assistance in the recording of the
interviews and putting them to paper. Due to the nature of this
"labor of love", someone who is in the vicinity of Ft.
Lauderdale, Florida, would be the most appropriate. You can contact
Vernajean by clicking