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Shelton Hemphill


An excellent section trumpeter who unfortunately seldom had possibilities to solo, Hemphill was an integral part of many major orchestras. In early stages Hemphill toured with Bessie Smith within Fred Longshaw’s music group (1924). After participating in Wilberforce University, he caused Horace Henderson’s Collegians. Hemphill was with Benny Carter (1928-29), Chick Webb (1930-31), the Mills Blue Tempo Music group (1931-37), Louis Armstrong’s Orchestra (1937-44) and Duke Ellington (1944-49). After departing Ellington, Shelton Hemphill (who under no circumstances led his very own record time) freelanced for a while but ultimately retired from playing because of ill health.

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Full Name Shelton Hemphill
Died January 6, 1960, New York City, New York, United States
Music Songs Jeepers Creepers, I'm in the Mood for Love, Ain't Misbehavin', I Can't Give You Anything but Love, Satchel Mouth Swing, West End Blues, Shine, Savoy Blues, Wolverine Blues, Shoe Shine Boy, Dear Old Southland, Kiss of Fire, Star Dust, I Used to Love You, You Can Depend on Me, St. Louis Blues, Rockin' Chair, Them There Eyes, Kickin' the Gong Around, Something Tells Me, This Younger Generation, Let That Be a Lesson to You, If I Could Be With You, I'll Walk Alone, Dardanell, True Confession, I've Got a Pocketful of Dreams, Save It Pretty Mama, I Ain't Got Nobody, When It's Sleepy Time Down South, Struttin' With Some Barbecue, Someday You'll Be Sorry

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Mills Blue Rhythm Band 1934 Short Orchestra Musician (uncredited)



Adventures in Jazz 1949 TV Series Himself

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