"When you're the president of the company, that means that you're responsible for everything," says Nathen Page, whose guitar is the feature on all five albums on his nearly decade-old label, "Hugo's Music." "There's only a certain amount of hours in a day," sighs Page as he outlines how his own days are currently spent promoting his new release, "A Page of Ellington" (available from 870 Little Bend Rd., Altamonte Springs, Fla. 32714). But Page is somehow finding time in his busy schedule to return to Washington, his home from 1958 until 1980, when he relocated in a suburb of Orlando, Fla. He will be at the One Step Down Friday and Saturday with a quartet.
"Since I was 4 or 5 years old I've wanted to play the piano," confesses Page, who has taken his masterly guitar stylings to audiences in Japan and Europe. He now plays the piano in Florida hotels when he is not on the college and festival circuits with his guitar. "I dabbled with the piano, but I was always on the road with Sonny Rollins, Jimmy Smith or Roberta Flack." A couple of years ago Page acquired a piano and, he says, "Now I sort of have time to deal with it. People say that I do very well and there are other pianists that come to listen to me."