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23 April 2024

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Hot Lips Page – Mr After Hours Swing, Bop, R’n’B Trumpeter – Phantom Dancer

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Oran Thaddeus “Hot Lips” Page was a US jazz trumpeter, singer and band leader. He played swing and trad, but also was key in the development of bop and r’n’b. Hot Lips Page was known as “Mr After Hours” to his many friends for his ability to take on challengers in late-night jam sessions. He’s your Phantom Dancer feature artist this week.

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HOT LIPS

Hot Lips Page played in Walter Page’s Blue Devils, Artie Shaw’s Orchestra and Count Basie’s Orchestra. He worked with Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith and Ida Cox. And he was one of the five musicians booked for the opening night at Birdland with Charlie Parker in 1949.

Page’s earliest gigs were in circuses and minstrel shows while also backing such blues singers as Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Ida Cox.

Louis Armstrong was his main trumpet influence was Louis Armstrong, as well as Harry Smith (Kansas City) and Benno Kennedy (San Antonio).

From 1929, he made over 200 recordings, most as a leader, for Bluebird, Vocalion, Decca and Harmony Records.

In 1926, he caught the eye of the bassist Walter Page (no relation) who had recently assumed leadership of the Oklahoma City Blue Devils.

He played and toured with the Blue Devils until early 1931, when he joined the Bennie Moten Orchestra, the leading dance band of Kansas City.

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 disbanded upon that leader’s sudden death in April 1935.

The Reno Club, in downtown Kansas City, had a floor show, which included Page and vocalist Jimmy Rushing.

Basie’s band was just starting to build their reputation, but in the summer of 1936—on the eve of Basie’s national success—and at the beckoning of Louis Armstrong’s manager, Joe Glaser, Page decided to pursue a solo career. He moved to New York City in December 1936.

PAGE

Hot Lips Page’s career as a bandleader had a swinging start with sold-out appearances and an extended run at Harlem’s Smalls Paradise in the summer of 1937.

However, by 1939 he was struggling to maintain a regular working band. He still led several bands and combos of his own, particularly on New York’s 52nd Street, where he appeared from 1938 and in many venues in Harlem.

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.

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, for who he recorded more than 40 sides.

His band backed the singer Wynonie Harris on the session that produced the hit “Good Rocking Tonight”, though Page was never credited as the leader.

He was the leader of the house band at the Apollo Theater during the early 1940s.

And he was recorded at Harlem’s Minton’s Playhouse in 1941 playing in a proto-bebop style.

He recorded for the Mezzrow-Bechet Septet (on two consecutive dates in 1945, as Pappa Snow White, with Mezz Mezzrow, Sidney Bechet, Jimmy Blythe, Jr., Danny Barker, Pops Foster, and Sid Catlett, and on the second session with Cousin Joe on vocals.)

Page recorded duets with Pearl Bailey on “The Hucklebuck” and “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” in 1949.

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.

23 April PLAY LIST

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107.3 2SER Tuesday 23 April 2024
12:04 – 2:00pm (+10 hours GMT)
National Program
5UV Adelaide Monday 2:30 – 3:30am
5GTR Mt Gambier Monday 2:30 – 3:30am
3MBR Murrayville Monday 3 – 4am
4NAG Keppel FM Monday 3 – 4am
2MIA Griffith Monday 3 – 4am
2BAR Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4am
2BRW Braidwood Monday 3 – 4am
2YYY Young Monday 3 – 4am
7RPH Hobart Monday 3 – 4pm
3VKV Alpine Radio Monday 6 – 7pm
7MID Oatlands Monday 3am – 4 and 6 -7pm
2MCE Bathurst Wednesday 9 – 10am
1ART ArtsoundFM Canberra Friday 10 – 11am
and Sunday 11pm
Reading Radio (QLD) Friday 1am – 2
2RRR Ryde Friday 11am – 12
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
5LCM Lofty FM Adelaide Friday 1 – 2pm
6GME Radio Goolarri Broome Saturday 4am – 5am
Denmark FM (West Australia) Saturday 10 – 11am
Repeat: Wednesdays 10 – 11pm
7LTN Launceston Sunday 5 – 6am
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
3BBR West Gippsland Sunday 5 – 6pm
2SEA Sapphire Coast Eden Sunday 9 – 10pm

Set 1
World Music
Racing with the Moon (theme) + Harvard Square
Vaughn Monroe Orchestra (voc) Vaughn Monroe and Band
‘One Night Stand’
Commodore Hotel
NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
8 Feb 1945
The Love I Long For
Vaughn Monroe Orchestra (voc) Vaughn Monroe
‘One Night Stand’
Commodore Hotel
NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
8 Feb 1945
She’s Funny That WayVaughn Monroe Orchestra (tp and voc) Johnny Bond
‘One Night Stand’
Commodore Hotel
NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
8 Feb 1945
When My GI Guy Comes Marching HomeVaughn Monroe Orchestra (voc) The Norton Sisters‘One Night Stand’
Commodore Hotel
NYC
AFRS Re-broadcast
8 Feb 1945
Set 2
Russ Morgan
Does Your Heart Beat For Me (theme) + Doin’ the Prom
Russ Morgan Orchestra
Trocadero
KHJ Mutual LA
3 Sep 1945
Cuddle
Russ Morgan Orchestra (voc) Russ Morgan
Trocadero
KHJ Mutual LA
3 Sep 1945
The Cakewalk
Russ Morgan Orchestra

Trocadero
KHJ Mutual LA
3 Sep 1945
I Can’t Believe It but It’s True + So Long (theme)
Russ Morgan Orchestra (voc) Marjorie Lee

Trocadero
KHJ Mutual LA
3 Sep 1945
Set 3
Hot Lips Page
Dance of the Tambourine
Hot Lips Page (tp and voc)
Comm Rec
14 Jun 1944
Chinatown
Hot Lips Page (tp and voc)
‘Eddie Condon Jazz Concert’
WJZ Blue NYC
24 Jun 1944
The Saints
Hot Lips Page
‘Doctor Jazz’
Stuyvesant Casion
WMGM NYC
15 Feb 1952
Old Miss Blues
Hot Lips Page (tp and voc)
‘Eddie Condon Jazz Concert’
WJZ Blue NYC
17 Jun 1944
Pagin’ Mr Page
Hot Lips Page and his Hot 7
Comm Rec
14 Jun 1944
Set 4
Sam ‘The Man’ Taylor
Open + Push It
Sam ‘The Man’ Taylor Orchestra
‘Rock’n’Roll Dance Party’
WCBS CBS NYC
4 Sep 1956
Ring Ding Dilly
Sam ‘The Man’ Taylor Orchestra (voc) Big Maybelle
‘Rock’n’Roll Dance Party’
WCBS CBS NYC
4 Sep 1956
Candy
Sam ‘The Man’ Taylor Orchestra (voc) Big Maybelle
‘Rock’n’Roll Dance Party’
WCBS CBS NYC
4 Sep 1956
See-Saw
Sam ‘The Man’ Taylor Orchestra (voc) The Moonglows
‘Rock’n’Roll Dance Party’
WCBS CBS NYC
4 Sep 1956
Taylor Made + Close
Sam ‘The Man’ Taylor Orchestra
‘Rock’n’Roll Dance Party’
WCBS CBS NYC
4 Sep 1956
Set 5
1920s Records
Hi Diddle Diddle
Charlie Straight and his Rendezvous Orchestra (voc) Hannah and Dorothea Williams
Comm Rec
10 Mar 1926
That’s You, Baby
Annette Hanshaw (voc) and Orchestra with Bob Effros (tp)
Comm Rec
5 Apr 1929
The Varsity Drag
Sam Lanin Orchestra (cnt) Red Nichols
Comm Rec
17 Aug 1927
Pagan Love Song
Annette Hanshaw (voc)  Frank Ferera and his Hawaiian Trio
Comm Rec
4 Jun 1929
Set 6
Artie Shaw
Nightmare (theme) + Rose Room
Artie Shaw Orchestra
Summer Terrace
Ritz Carlton Hotel
WNAC NBC Red Boston
19 Aug 1939
Concerto for Trumpet
Artie Shaw Orchestra
Summer Terrace
Ritz Carlton Hotel
WNAC NBC Red Boston
19 Aug 1939
Star Dust
Artie Shaw Orchestra
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln
WEAF NBC Red NYC
6 Dec 1938
Who Blew Out the Flame? + Nightmare (theme)
Artie Shaw Orchestra (voc) Helen Forrest
Blue Room
Hotel Lincoln
WEAF NBC Red NYC
6 Dec 1938
Set 7
 Glenn Miller Orchestra
Pavanne
Glenn Miller Orchestra
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WJZ NBC Blue NYC
18 Apr 1939
And the Angels Sing
Glenn Miller Orchestra (voc) Ray Eberle
Meadowbrook Ballroom
Cedar Grove NJ
WJZ NBC Blue NYC
18 Apr 1939
Elmer’s Tune
Glenn Miller Orchestra (voc) Ray Eberle and The Modernaires
‘Sunset Serenade’
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania WJZ NBC Blue NYC 27 Dec 1941
Keep ‘Em Flying + Close
Glenn Miller Orchestra
‘Sunset Serenade’
Cafe Rouge
Hotel Pennsylvania WJZ NBC Blue NYC 27 Dec 1941
Set 8
Woody Herman
Northwest PassageWoody Herman’s Third Herd‘Wild Root Creme Show’
ABC
17 Nov 1945
Blue Flame (theme) + Nice Work if You Can Get ItWoody Herman’s Third Herd
Blue Room
Hotel Roosevelt
WWJ CBS New Orleans
10 Nov 1951
Your Father’s MoustacheWoody Herman’s Third Herd‘Wild Root Creme Show’
ABC
1 Dec 1945
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