Caption: Ted Lewis & his ubiquitous silk hat
Ted Lewis & his ubiquitous silk hat 

The Tragedian of Jazz

From: Guy Rathbun
Series: the Club McKenzie: Your 1920s Jazz Speakeasy
Length: 59:01

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He has one foot in vaudeville and one foot in jazz, and he was a show unto himself. Ted Lewis was the only popular bandleader who could show up without his orchestra, and still pack the house.

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While Theodore Leopold Friedman was still a teenager, he began performing in various vaudeville bands. He acquired his new name, Ted Lewis, when he teamed up with comedian Eddie Lewis, and was billed as "Lewis & Lewis."
But, in 1919 he made is first recording. His reputation soare

Piece Description

While Theodore Leopold Friedman was still a teenager, he began performing in various vaudeville bands. He acquired his new name, Ted Lewis, when he teamed up with comedian Eddie Lewis, and was billed as "Lewis & Lewis."
But, in 1919 he made is first recording. His reputation soare

Broadcast History

KCBX Public Radio

Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
Milenberg Joys Ted Lewis & his Band LP 1925 02:46
Beale Street Blues Ted Lewis & his Band LP 1927 02:59
Memphis Street Blues Ted Lewis & his Band LP 1927 03:16
A Jazz Holiday Ted Lewis & his Band LP 1928 02:55
Glad Rag Doll Ted Lewis & his Band LP 1928 02:53
Tin Roof Blues Ted Lewis & his Band LP 1925 03:09
Where'd You Get Those Eyes? Ted Lewis & his Band LP 1926 02:47
Jungle Blues Ted Lewis & his Band LP 1928 02:46
Camel Walk Ted Lewis & his Band LP 1925 02:37
Some of These Days Ted Lewis & his Band LP 1926 02:50
She's Funny That Way Ted Lewis & his Band LP 1928 03:15
My Mama's in Town Ted Lewis & his Band LP 1926 02:57
Me and My Shadow Whispering Jack Smith LP 1926 03:12
That Certain Party Ted Lewis & his Band LP 1925 02:51
New St. Louis Blues Ted Lewis & his Band LP 1926 02:54
Hello! Montreal Ted Lewis & his Band LP 1928 02:41
Goodnight (excerpt) Ted Lewis & his Band LP 1927 01:13