Bringing the West Texas Jazz Party tapes home to the Permian Basin

This Travelog page of our website follows our route as we bring a treasure chest of priceless audio recordings back to West Texas. So far, our visits have been to Newark; the Pennsylvania Turnpike; just across the border in Wheeling, WV; and to Cincinnati and St. Louis.

Still to come – Muskogee, OK, Dallas and Vernon, Texas – we have to visit Jack Teagarden’s home during this pilgrimage. He would have been the perfect guest at any jazz party.

Preface – somewhere along the Pennsylvania Turnpike

Stop 1 – Wheeling, West Virginia – Home of Chu Berry, who played with early Jazz Party pioneers Milt Hinton and Bud Freeman, among others.

Stop 2 – Cincinnati, Ohio – Not far from Pittsburgh – where the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers merge to form the Ohio River – Cincinnati is just upriver from Louisville, Kentucky, and the home to jazz party attendees guitarist Cal Collins and bassist Michael Moore.

Stop 3 – St. Louis, Missouri – St. Louis is actually the home of the late trumpeter Clark Terry and late pianist Ray Kennedy, who both left us in the past year. Long-time Jazz Party pianist Ralph Sutton is from nearby Hamburg, Mo., which was vacated during WWII to make way for a munitions plant. Our 30 second visit to St. Louis features Clark.

Stop 4 – Muskogee, Oklahoma, home of Jay McShann and Barney Kessel.