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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 76-100 of 145 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
(Results 76-100 of 145 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Webster, Ben," accessed April 14, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103716.

Webster, Ben. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 14, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103716.

"Webster, Ben." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 14 April 2021.

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

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