My sophisticated style is perfect for small functions, i.e. cocktail or dinner parties, gallery openings, etc, and venues like hotel lobbies, country clubs, piano bars, museums, etc.
With a repertoire of 5000 songs, my specialty lies in songs dating from the 1930s to the end of the 20th century, by songwriters like George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hart, and other Tin Pan Alley writers. My audiences are mainly between 40-80, although some younger listeners enjoy my stuff as well.
I almost never say "no" to a request. If it's a standard, a show tune, or jazz...if was made popular by Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Barbra Streisand, etal, I know it & can do it.
Price Range: $200 and up
My name is Chrys Page, and I am a singer of the old songs, dating back to 1930 and into the last decade of the 20th century. My audiences are primarily older folks who used to dance to the Big Bands of Glen Miller and Tommy Dorsey. I've been performing for almost 55 years in clubs from the east coast to the west coast and with big bands and orchestras, trios, quartets, and currently as a solo artist.
Bio info :
Born in New York City and raised in uptown Manhattan, across the street from a retirement home, I first sang for the Ziegfield Follies ladies, who lived in the home, and was encouraged to never stop singing, and I haven't
I attended the Fiorello LaGuardia High School of Music and Performing Arts, Ithaca College, for a Bachelors Degree in Voice, and on to the University of Illinois for my Masters in Theory and Composition.
Solo Jazz and Cabaret Performer
I Produced and recorded an album of standards entitled, "The Lady Can Sing", and 2 albums of original songs.
Worked with world class jazz musicians while traveling as a big band vocalist, with the Les and Larry Elgart Orchestra, the Si Zentner Orchestra, the Tommy Dorsey Band, Pearl Bailey and Louis Bellson’s Band, and the Harry James Orchestra, from New York City to San Francisco, to Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago, and New Orleans, and in just about every small town across the country.
Worked in NYC for 5 years with a piano player, Lenny Dell in a jazz duo appearing in clubs all over the Metropolitan area.
I have appeared on radio and television variety shows throughout the country, both as the vocalist with various big bands and combo's. Programs included "The Mike Douglas Show", and NBC's "Monitor".
I've sung in clubs like Rodney Dangerfield’s, The Improv, and Basin Street East, in NYC, the Tropicana in Las Vegas, Harrah’s Club in Reno, and The Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles.
In addition to doing a solo act, currently residing in Albuquerque, NM, I also sing with my own trio, “Chrys Page Trio” and we perform The American Songbook at various venues throughout the area.
Fortunately, I have remained rather young-looking and sing a genre that is kind to mature performers like myself.
Even though I am in my early 70's, I pass for 55 and sometimes younger, (depending on the lighting, ha ha).
As mentioned above, there aren't too many songs I do not know from the American Song Book, and Tin Pan Alley years. I seldom can be stumped by a request to the point that when a customer approaches the band stand and asks for "Look At Me", I know he means "play Misty", and I am usually correct.
One night a customer bravely walked over and said, "I bet I can stump ya. Can you do the song, "Tropical Splendor?"
I had to think for a moment, but it came to me, and I started to sing it, "When they Begin the Beguine, it brings back a night of Tropical Splendor...etc."
What can an Event Planner expect from me?
East coast humor, but very lady-like, nothing harsh or tasteless, a large personality, and tons of songs, from Broadway to Jazz to Bossa Nova to Swing to Country to Soft Rock. Usually I can play for 2 1/2 hours without a break and although when I sing with my trio, we take breaks every hour for 10 minutes, when I do a solo, I prefer to stay on as long as as I can. People appreciate it and the time passes quickly.
I have very little ego when I perform. I allow myself to be awkward if I forget words and even make it part of my act at times because I believe that audiences love the flaws in any act...makes them feel that the performer is just like them, and not better than they are.
I DO try to bring some of my CD's to a gig and if it's appropriate to sell them for a reasonable price. The CD is what is called an EP CD, or Extended Play with 5-7 songs that I sang on the job. The songs I sell on the CD are in Public Domain and therefore meet the requirements of being exempt from licensing or copyright fees that I would otherwise have to pay to ASCAP and/or BMI.
I often may bring one or two of my adult students to a job, and let them sing a song or two with me or by themselves. It builds their confidence and helps me with my equipment. And I do tip them for acting as my "roadie", when that happens.
That's about it. I may think of more and add it here if that's permitted. But truth be told, my singing speaks for itself.
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