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Ben Webster

Benjamin Francis Webster (March 27, 1909 – September 20, 1973) was an American jazz tenor saxophonist. He is considered one of the three most important "swing tenors" along with Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young. Known affectionately as "The Brute" or "Frog", he had a tough, raspy, and brutal tone on stomps (with growls), yet on ballads he played with warmth and sentiment. He was indebted to alto saxophonist Johnny Hodges, who, he said, taught him to play his instrument.

Birth and Death Data: Born March 27th, 1909 (Kansas City), Died September 20th, 1973 (Amsterdam)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1932 - 1966

Roles Represented in DAHR: tenor saxophone, arranger

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-74846 10-in. 12/13/1932 Toby Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor BS-74847 10-in. 12/13/1932 Moten's swing Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor BS-74848 10-in. 12/13/1932 Blue room Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor BS-74849 10-in. 12/13/1932 Imagination Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor BS-74850 10-in. 12/13/1932 New Orleans Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten ; Jimmy Rushing Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor BS-74851 10-in. 12/13/1932 The only girl I ever loved Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor BS-74852 10-in. 12/13/1932 Milenberg joys Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor BS-74853 10-in. 12/13/1932 Lafayette Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor BS-74854 10-in. 12/13/1932 Prince of Wales Count Basie ; Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten Jazz/dance band, with piano instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor BS-041408 10-in. 9/11/1939 Hot mallets Lionel Hampton Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor BS-044887 10-in. 3/6/1940 You, you darlin' Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra ; Herb Jeffries Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor BS-044888 10-in. 3/6/1940 Jack the Bear Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor BS-044889 10-in. 3/6/1940 Ko-ko Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor BS-044890 10-in. 3/7/1940 Morning glory Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor BS-044891 10-in. 3/7/1940 So far, so good Ivie Anderson ; Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor BS-049015 10-in. 3/15/1940 Conga brava Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor BS-049016 10-in. 3/15/1940 Concerto for Cootie Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor BS-049017 10-in. 3/15/1940 Me and you Ivie Anderson ; Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor PBS-049655 10-in. 5/4/1940 Cotton tail Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band arranger, instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor PBS-049656 10-in. 5/4/1940 Don't get around much anymore Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor BS-053020 10-in. 5/28/1940 Dusk Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor BS-053021 10-in. 5/28/1940 Bojangles Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor BS-053022 10-in. 5/28/1940 A portrait of Bert Williams Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor BS-053023 10-in. 5/28/1940 Blue goose Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor BS-053427 10-in. 9/5/1940 There shall be no night Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra ; Herb Jeffries Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor BS-053428 10-in. 9/5/1940 In a mellotone Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor BS-053429 10-in. 9/5/1940 Five o'clock whistle Ivie Anderson ; Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor BS-053430 10-in. 9/5/1940 Warm valley Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor BS-053552 10-in. 10/17/1940 The flaming sword Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor BS-053579 10-in. 10/28/1940 Across the track blues Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor BS-053580 10-in. 10/28/1940 Chlo-e Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor BS-053581 10-in. 10/28/1940 I never felt this way before Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra ; Herb Jeffries Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor BS-053607 10-in. 11/2/1940 Without a song Rex Stewart Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor BS-053608 10-in. 11/2/1940 My Sunday gal Rex Stewart Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor BS-053609 10-in. 11/2/1940 Mobile Bay Rex Stewart Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor BS-053610 10-in. 11/2/1940 Linger awhile Rex Stewart Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor BS-053621 10-in. 11/11/1940 Charlie the chulo Barney Bigard Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor BS-053622 10-in. 11/11/1940 Lament for Javanette Barney Bigard Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor BS-053623 10-in. 11/11/1940 A lull at dawn Barney Bigard Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor BS-053624 10-in. 11/11/1940 Ready Eddy Barney Bigard Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor BS-053780 10-in. 12/28/1940 The sidewalks of New York Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor BS-053781 10-in. 12/28/1940 Flamingo Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra ; Herb Jeffries Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor BS-053782 10-in. 12/28/1940 The girl in my dreams tries to look like you Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra ; Herb Jeffries Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor BS-054606 10-in. 7/22/1940 Harlem air-shaft Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor BS-054607 10-in. 7/22/1940 At a Dixie roadside diner Ivie Anderson ; Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor BS-054608 10-in. 7/22/1940 All too soon Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor BS-054609 10-in. 7/22/1940 Rumpus in Richmond Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor BS-054624 10-in. 7/24/1940 My greatest mistake Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor BS-054625 10-in. 7/24/1940 Sepia panorama Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor PBS-055283 10-in. 2/15/1941 Take the "A" train Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor PBS-055284 10-in. 2/15/1941 Jumpin' punkins Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor PBS-055285 10-in. 2/15/1941 John Hardy's wife Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor PBS-055286 10-in. 2/15/1941 Blue serge Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor PBS-055287 10-in. 2/15/1941 After all Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor PBS-061283 10-in. 6/5/1941 Bakiff Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor PBS-061284 10-in. 6/5/1941 Are you sticking? Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor PBS-061285 10-in. 6/5/1941 Just a-settin' and a-rockin' Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor PBS-061286 10-in. 6/5/1941 The giddybug gallop Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor PBS-061318 10-in. 6/26/1941 Chocolate shake Ivie Anderson ; Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor PBS-061319 10-in. 6/26/1941 I got it bad and that ain't good Ivie Anderson ; Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor PBS-061338 10-in. 7/2/1941 Clementine Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor PBS-061339 10-in. 7/2/1941 The brown skin gal (In calico gown) Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor PBS-061340 10-in. 7/2/1941 Jump for joy Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo; with female vocal solo instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor PBS-061341 10-in. 7/2/1941 Moon over Cuba Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor PBS-061684 10-in. 9/26/1941 Five o'clock drag Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor PBS-061685 10-in. 9/26/1941 Rocks in my bed Ivie Anderson ; Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor PBS-061686 10-in. 9/26/1941 Bli-blip Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor PBS-061687 10-in. 9/26/1941 Chelsea Bridge Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor PBS-061941 10-in. 12/2/1941 Raincheck Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor PBS-061942 10-in. 12/2/1941 What good would it do? Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor PBS-061943 10-in. 12/2/1941 I dont know what kind of blues I got Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra ; Herb Jeffries Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor BS-070682 10-in. 1/21/1942 Perdido Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor BS-070683 10-in. 1/21/1942 The "C" jam blues Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Victor BS-070684 10-in. 1/21/1942 Moon mist Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 38598 10-in. 9/11/1934 Limehouse blues-1, 5 Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 38599 10-in. 9/11/1934 Shanghai shuffle-2, 3 Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 38600 10-in. 9/11/1934 Big John special-3, 4 Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 38601 10-in. 9/11/1934 Happy as the day is long-3, 5 Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 38602 10-in. 9/12/1934 Tidal wave-1, 4 Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 38603 10-in. 9/12/1934 Down South camp meeting-1, 2 Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 38604 10-in. 9/12/1934 Wrappin' it up-2, 3 Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 38605 10-in. 9/12/1934 Memphis blues-3 Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 38723 10-in. 9/25/1934 Wild party-1, 5 Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 38724 10-in. 9/25/1934 Rug cutter's swing-1, 2, 4 Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 38725 10-in. 9/25/1934 Hotter than 'ell-1, 4 Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 38728 10-in. 9/25/1934 Liza-1, 3 Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 39387 10-in. 2/25/1935 The ghost of Dinah Bob Howard Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 39388 10-in. 2/25/1935 Pardon my love Bob Howard Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 71498 10-in. 11/8/1943 The music stopped Woody Herman Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 71499 10-in. 11/8/1943 Do nothin' till you hear from me-1 Woody Herman Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 71500 10-in. 11/8/1943 I couldn't sleep a wink last night Woody Herman Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 71501 10-in. 11/8/1943 By the river of the roses Woody Herman Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 71502 10-in. 11/8/1943 Basie's basement-1 Woody Herman Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 71503 10-in. 11/8/1943 Who dat up there ? Woody Herman Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 71626 10-in. 1/8/1944 Noah-1 Woody Herman Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 71627 10-in. 1/8/1944 I've got you under my skin-1 Woody Herman Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 71628 10-in. 1/8/1944 I get a kick out of you-1 Woody Herman Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 71629 10-in. 1/8/1944 I'll get by Woody Herman Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 105297 7/14/1958 Steppin' into swing society Mercer Ellington Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 105298 7/14/1958 Black butterfly Mercer Ellington Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 105299 7/14/1958 Got my foot in the door Mercer Ellington Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 105300 7/17/1958 Indelible Mercer Ellington Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 105301 7/17/1958 Ruint Mercer Ellington Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 105302 7/17/1958 Frolic Sam Mercer Ellington Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 105303 7/17/1958 Be patient Mercer Ellington Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 105304 7/22/1958 If you were in my place Mercer Ellington Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 105305 7/22/1958 The gal from Joe's Mercer Ellington Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 105306 7/22/1958 Afternoon moon Mercer Ellington Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 105307 7/22/1958 Broadway babe Mercer Ellington Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 105308 7/22/1958 Yearning for love Mercer Ellington Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 105400 8/4/1958 Mister Meadowlark Carmen McRae instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 105401 8/4/1958 Skylark Carmen McRae instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 105402 8/4/1958 Bye bye blackbird Carmen McRae instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 105403 8/4/1958 Flamingo Carmen McRae instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 105404 8/4/1958 A nightingale sang in Berkeley Square Carmen McRae instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 105405 8/4/1958 When the swallows come back to Capistrano Carmen McRae instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 105406 8/6/1958 His eye is on the sparrow Carmen McRae instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 105407 8/6/1958 The eagle and me Carmen McRae instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 105408 8/6/1958 When the red, red robbin comes bob, bob, bobbin' along Carmen McRae instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 105409 8/6/1958 Georgia Rose Carmen McRae instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 105410 8/8/1958 Bob White Ralph Burns Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 105411 8/8/1958 Baltimore oriole Ralph Burns Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 105456 8/8/1958 Chicken today, feathers tomorrow Ralph Burns Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 117712 7/14/1966 Georgia Rose Carmen McRae instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca SRC 845 10-in. 1946 Going back to Washington Bill De Arango instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca SRC 846 10-in. 1946 Did you ever set to thinkin' Bill De Arango instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca SRC 847 10-in. 1946 Susie Bee Bill De Arango instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca SRC 848 10-in. 1946 I ain't gonna marry Bill De Arango instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca SRC 857 10-in. 5/3/1946 The jeep is jumpin' Bill De Arango instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca SRC 858 10-in. 5/3/1946 I got it bad and that ain't good Bill De Arango instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca SRC 859 10-in. 5/3/1946 Dark corners Bill De Arango instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca SRC 860 10-in. 5/3/1946 Blues Mr. Brim Bill De Arango instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca SRC 861 10-in. 5/15/1946 Frog and mule Ben Webster Quintet instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca SRC 862 10-in. 5/16/1946 Spang Ben Webster Quintet instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca SRC 863 10-in. 5/15/1946 Doctor Keets Ben Webster Quintet instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca SRC 864 10-in. 5/15/1946 Park and Tilford blues Ben Webster Quintet instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca N 1403 10-in. 1/8/1944 Crying sands Woody Herman Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca N 1633 10-in. 2/8/1944 Woke up clipped Ben Webster Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca N 1634 10-in. 2/8/1944 Teezol Ben Webster Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca N 1635 10-in. 2/8/1944 'Nuff said Ben Webster Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca N 1636 10-in. 2/8/1944 The horn Ben Webster Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca N 1637 10-in. 2/8/1944 Dirty deal Ben Webster Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca N 1638 10-in. 2/8/1944 Don't blame me Ben Webster Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca N 1639 10-in. 2/8/1944 I surrender dear Ben Webster Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca N 1640 10-in. 2/8/1944 Tea for two Ben Webster Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Webster, Ben," accessed April 13, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103716.

Webster, Ben. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 13, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103716.

"Webster, Ben." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 13 April 2021.

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