Hot Lips Page

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Hot Lips Page

Jazz trumpeter, singer, and bandleader born in Dallas, Texas add

Category: Music

Born in 1908.

Countries: United States (76%), Louisiana (6%), New York (6%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Count Basie, Walter Page, Vic Berton

Linked to: Texas College




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Hot Lips Page was born in 1908 add something


He claimed to have appeared around 1925 with a band in Shreveport, Louisiana known as Goog and His Jazz Babies and with a band in New Orleans known as French's Jazz Orchestra, though no documentation has been discovered add something


In 1926, he caught the eye of the bassist Walter Page who had recently assumed leadership of the Oklahoma City Blue Devils add something


It is believed that Oran Page joined the Blue Devils circa 1927, though no known documentation exists to support his presence with the band until the fall of 1928 add something


From 1929, he made over 200 recordings, most as a leader, for Bluebird, Vocalion, Decca and Harmony Records, among others add something


Walter Page - Count Basie and Eddie Durham defected in 1929, followed shortly after by Jimmy Rushing and Hot Lips Page


Page toured extensively throughout the southern United States, and throughout the northeast and Canada at the head of as many as 13 different big bands during the 1930s and 1940s add something


Ernest Hill (musician) - In the 1930s he played with Willie Bryant, Bobby Martin's Cotton Club Serenaders, Benny Carter, Chick Webb, Rex Stewart, and Hot Lips Page


He played and toured with the Blue Devils until the spring of 1931, when he joined the Bennie Moten Orchestra, the leading dance band out of Kansas City add something


Page embarked upon a solo career during this period, playing with small pick up bands out of Kansas City, where he had moved in the spring of 1931 add something


Though not a regular member of the band, Page appeared as a vocalist, emcee and hot trumpet soloist with Count Basie's Reno Club orchestra after the Moten band finally disbanded upon that leader's sudden death in April, 1935 add something


He moved to New York City in December 1936 add something


Page's career as a bandleader got off to an auspicious start, with sold-out appearances and an extended run at Harlem's Small's Paradise in the summer of 1937, but by 1939 he was struggling to maintain a regular working band add something


He appeared briefly with Bud Freeman's Orchestra in 1938, and was a featured vocalist and hot soloist with Artie Shaw's Symphonic Swing Orchestra in 1941 and 1942, with whom he recorded over 40 sides add something


Nonetheless, he remained a popular and successful performer, leading several bands and combos of his own, particularly on New York's 52nd Street, where he appeared from 1938 or 1939 through the 1950s, and in many venues in Harlem add something


He was the leader of the house band at the Apollo Theater during the early 1940s, and he recorded duets with Pearl Bailey on "The Hucklebuck" and "Baby, It's Cold Outside" in 1949 add something


Cecil Scott - In the early 1940s he played with Alberto Socarras, Red Allen, Willie "The Lion" Smith before assembling his own band in 1942, which at times included Hot Lips Page and Art Hodes


Herbie Lovelle - Lovelle began his career with trumpeter, singer and band leader Hot Lips Page late in the 1940s, played in the 1950s with saxophonist Hal Singer, Johnny Moore's Three Blazes, and pianist Earl Hines


Benny Moten - Moten had a long career as a sideman from the early 1940s, including with Hot Lips Page, Jerry Jerome, Red Allen , Eddie South, Stuff Smith, Arnett Cobb, Ella Fitzgerald, Wilbur De Paris , Buster Bailey, Roy Eldridge, and Dakota Staton


Page was known as "Mr. After Hours" to his many friends for his ability to take on all comers in late night jam sessions, and he was recorded at Harlem's Minton's Playhouse in 1941 playing a kind of proto-bebop style in vogue add something


Sonny Payne - After early study with Vic Berton, in 1944 Payne started playing professionally around New York with the Dud and Paul Bascomb band, Hot Lips Page, Earl Bostic , Tiny Grimes , and Lucille Dixon


He traveled to Europe in 1949 and appeared at Salle Pleyel in the first international jazz festival there, and returned to Europe at least twice for extended tours in the early 1950s add something

Hot Lips Page died in 1954 add something


Page died in New York in November 1954, aged 46 add something