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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 126-145 of 145 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
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  
(Results 126-145 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.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

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

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