Teddy Wilson by Bob Melvin Part2

While recording with Brunswick, he was free to play and record with other groups.
In May of 1936 he played at a Swing Concert at the Imperial Theatre in New York on the same bill with Red Norvo, Mildred Bailey and Bunny Berigan.
Teddy accompanied Mildred on “I Surrender Dear” and brought the audience to their feet.
That year he recorded “Blues in C Minor” with Roy Eldridge and was on a Brunswick recording with Harry Carney “Why Do I Lie To Myself About You?”.
In 1937, he recorded “The Teddy Wilson Quartet “for Brunswick un-der his own name. Featured were Harry James (T) Vido Musso (Ts, Cl), Red Norvo (Xyl) on: “Aint Misbehaving”.
This made the Hit Record charts that year. In 1937 he appeared on piano with Benny Goodman and Gene Krupa in the movie “Hollywood Hotel”.
Teddy left Goodman in early 1939 to form his own band. Jess Stacey took over his seat in Benny’s band. Teddy’s new Band featured Ben Webster, Rudy Powell, Chu Berry (Sax) Doc Cheatham, Hal Baker, Red Allen (T) Al Casey (G) Al Hall (B) Cosy Cole (D). On vocals
Thelma Carpenter and sometimes Billie Holiday.
His orchestra was always noted for his smooth interpretation of tunes.
However it was more of a subtle swing which never caught the public’s attention and he was forced to disband in less than a year.
Soon after folding the band in April of 1940, Teddy formed a sextet to appear in clubs and at concerts.
For the next four years he toured with the sextet meeting success at every appearance.
He rejoined Goodman for a short period and recorded “Perfidia” and “Air Mail Special” with the Goodman Band. in 1941.
During the coming years he often returned to the Goodman Band-stand for concerts and radio and television appearances.
He took up residence in New York in the early 1940’s and seldom strayed from there.
Earlier he and Irene had divorced.
During this period he married Joan Roberts and they became parents of a son, Theodore Jr.
Ted Jr. became a drummer in his adult years.