Life and work
Davenport learned from the age of seven trumpet. He started playing at the age of 13 years with the Young Tuxedo Brass Band. In 1941 he worked with Papa Celestin; then he did his military service in the Navy and played four years in the Navy Band. After the Second World he returned to his hometown and is now opened up to swing and bebop. In 1947 he took up with Roy Brown. In 1953 he went with Lionel Hampton on an international tour; in Paris, he took on Mezz Mezzrow with. Between 1964 and 1966 he belonged to the Count Basie Orchestra, with whom he recorded also. He toured continue with Ray Charles and Lloyd Price, with whom he recorded also. In 1969 he returned to New Orleans, where he played amplified Hot Jazz and his Wallace Davenport Gospel Singers founded. On his own label, he released My jazz recordings with his own band. In addition, he also released for other labels, such as Darkness on the Delta (1972). With George Wein in 1974, he was touring Europe to continue in 1976 with Panama Francis and Arnett Cobb; In the same year he also played again at Hampton and was involved in the recording of Earl Hines Album In New Orleans. Several times he appeared at the North Sea Jazz Festival in 1979 with Lionel Hampton. In the 1980s, he worked with the Alliance Hall Dixieland Band and gospel groups such as the Zion Harmonizers and Aline White. Also he accompanied Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis, Jr.. He played regularly in his hometown at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.