A good early cornetist who was influenced by Bix Beiderbecke, Sterling Bose never updated his style, even when playing in swing bands. He gained early experience sitting in with New Orleans-style bands before moving to St. Louis in 1923. He played and recorded with the Crescent City Jazzers and the Arcadian Serenaders during the next few years. Bose was with Jean Goldkette's Orchestra in Detroit during 1927-1928 (the period after Beiderbecke had departed). He was a member of radio station WGN's house band in Chicago until joining Ben Pollack (1930-1933). Bose worked with Eddie Sheasby in Chicago and then became a studio musician in New York. He was with Joe Haymes during 1934-1935, staying with the band for a time after Tommy Dorsey took over its leadership. Bose was a key player with Ray Noble's American Band in 1936, and that year spent a couple months with Benny Goodman's Orchestra (before Harry James) where his Bix style did not really fit in. Bose then had stints with Lana Webster, Glenn Miller (1937), Bob Crosby (1937-1939) and the short-lived Bobby Hackett big band (1939). He also worked with Bob Zurke's Orchestra, Jack Teagarden's big band, Bud Freeman's Orchestra (1942), George Brunies, and Bobby Sherwood (1943). Bose played with Miff Mole and Art Hodes, was briefly with Horace Heidt (1944), and then mostly freelanced in New York and Chicago. He settled in Florida in 1948 where he led his own groups. A long illness led to him committing suicide in 1958 at age 52. Although Sterling Bose never led his own record date, he recorded with quite a few groups in the late '20s and throughout the 30's. ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi

"I'm Prayin' Humble" (1938) Bob Crosby/Bob Haggart featuring Sterling Bose
The Co-Ed - Arcadian Serenaders (w Sterling Bose playing a Bix Beiderbecke style solo) (1925)
Angry - Arcadian Serenaders (w Sterling Bose) (1925) Territory Jazz from St. Louis
Back Home In Illinois – Sterling Bose w. Arcadian Serenaders - 1925 - Okeh 40538
You Gotta Know How - Arcadian Serenaders (w Sterling Bose) (1925)
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