Theodore Guy ” Teddy” Buckner was an American jazz saxophonist and the brother of another great musician, Milt Buckner. Buckner is best known for his time spent in the orchestra of Jimmie Lunceford, where he remained active from 1937 to 1943.
Buckner was born in St. Louis on April 12, 1913. He was raised in Detroit, where he played very early in his career. After working with Lunceford, Buckner primarily played locally in Detroit, where he worked into the 1970s. His activities included small jazz combos, work on many Motown recordings, and co-leading a big band with Jimmy Wilkins, Ernie Wilkins’s brother.
Buckner played solo on such tunes as Margie, Down by the Old Mill Stream, Ain’t She Sweet, and Well, All Right Then. He also helped train several other respected jazz sax players. Buckner died on April 12, 1976.