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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 (Results 26-50 of 145 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
(Results 26-50 of 145 records)

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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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103716

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