b. 30 May 1905, Crawfordsville, Indiana, USA, d. 13 September 1967. In the early '20s De Paris played trumpet in bands in Washington, DC, before moving to New York where he joined Andy Preer's band. In the late '20s he worked in units led by Charlie Johnson, by his brother, Wilbur De Paris, and then into the '30s with a succession of bands with which he briefly worked: Benny Carter, McKinney's Cotton Pickers, Don Redman, Noble Sissle, Willie Bryant and Mezz Mezzrow. At the end of the '30s, despite the all-pervading swing era, De Paris began to move towards an association with traditional jazz which was to continue for the rest of his life. In 1939 and 1940 he worked with Zutty Singleton, Jelly Roll Morton and Sidney Bechet. He later played with Art Hodes and had brief spells deputizing in the big bands of Benny Carter, Charlie Barnet and Roy Eldridge; but from 1947 he was principally in permanent collaboration with his brother. Their band offered a high standard of traditional jazz performances, always played with reverence for the past but with a sprightly sense of the present.
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