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Nathen Page: 1937-2003
Nathen Page
Guitar, piano

Born: August 23, 1937 in Leetown, West Virginia
Died: March 8, 2003 in Bradenton, Florida

Guitarist worked with major names

Copyright © 2003 


Nathen Page was a guitarist and pianist active in Washington and Florida. He played with many major performers in his career, including Jimmy Smith from 1965-70, Herbie Mann, Roberta Flack, Jackie MacLean and Sonny Rollins.

He recorded with Charles Tolliver in Paris in 1977, and toured Europe with Lonnie Smith (1990) and Alvin Queen (1991).

Mike Fitzgerald writes:

Although very under-recognized, Page was the feature of a recent radio show by Bill Kirchner. Originally from West Virginia, Page played on the Washington, DC scene. He had been living in Florida since 1980.

Information on his career and recordings at

Bill Kirchner writes:

Nathen had been under treatment for cancer since last year. His condition had taken a turn for the worst a couple of weeks ago, so his passing was expected, though no less saddening for that. He was 65.

Nathen was one of the truly great jazz guitarists, and a gentle, warm human being, and will be greatly missed.

JJA members are invited to submit a full obituary or appreciation.

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