Paul Webster (August 24, 1909 - May 6, 1966) was a jazz trumpet player in the big band era. He is best remembered for having been Jimmie Lunceford's high-note trumpet player (taking over Tommy Stevenson's spot when he left the band). According to some sources, he was a big influence on a young Stan Kenton, who later featured high-note trumpeters in many of his bands.
Born in Kansas City, Webster attended Fisk University and worked as an embalmer before switching to music. He played in bands led by George E. Lee (1927), Bennie Moten (1927–1928), Tommy Douglas, and Eli Rice before joining Lunceford's band (first briefly in 1931 and then from 1935 to 1944). Following this Webster played lead trumpet in bands led by Cab Calloway (1948–1949, off and on), Charlie Barnet (1946–1947 and 1952–1953), Sy Oliver (1947), Ed Wilcox (1948–1949), and Count Basie (1950). After 1953 he played trumpet only part-time but still occasionally played with Sy Oliver's band into the 1960s. Contributed to 'Paul Curry Presents the Friends of Fats' LP: 1959 Golden Crest Label.
Birth and Death Data: Born August 24, 1909 (Kansas City), Died May 6, 1966
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1927 - 1956
Roles Represented in DAHR: trumpet, arranger, vocalist
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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 147 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BVE-38667||10-in.||6/11/1927||Sugar||Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Victor||BVE-38668||10-in.||6/11/1927||Dear heart||Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Victor||BVE-38669||10-in.||6/11/1927||The new Tulsa blues||Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Victor||BVE-38670||10-in.||6/11/1927||Baby dear||Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal duet||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Victor||BVE-38671||10-in.||6/11/1927||12th Street rag||Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Victor||BVE-38672||10-in.||6/12/1927||Pass out lightly||Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Victor||BVE-38673||10-in.||6/12/1927||Ding-dong blues||Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Victor||BVE-38674||10-in.||6/12/1927||Moten stomp||Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Victor||BVE-42924||10-in.||9/6/1928||Justrite||Kansas City Orchestra ; Bennie Moten||Jazz/dance band||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||39551||10-in.||5/29/1935||Sleepy time gal-4, 5||Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||39552||10-in.||5/29/1935||Bird of paradise-2, 4||Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||39553||10-in.||5/29/1935||Rhapsody junior-2, 4||Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||39554||10-in.||5/29/1935||Runnin' wild-3||Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||39555||10-in.||5/29/1935||Four or five times||Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||39556||10-in.||5/29/1935||Four or five times||Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||39557||10-in.||5/29/1935||(If I had) Rhythm in my nursery rhymes-4||Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||39996||10-in.||9/23/1935||Babs-1, 5||Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||39997||10-in.||9/23/1935||Swanee river-1||Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||39998||10-in.||9/23/1935||Thunder-4||Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||39999||10-in.||9/23/1935||Oh boy-2||Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||60000||10-in.||9/23/1935||Charmaine-1||Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||60001||10-in.||9/23/1935||Hittin' the bottle-2||Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||60013||10-in.||9/30/1935||I'll take the South-1||Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||60014||10-in.||9/30/1935||Avalon-2||Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
|Decca||60015||10-in.||9/30/1935||Charmaine-2||Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra||instrumentalist, trumpet|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Webster, Paul," accessed January 26, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/210846.
Webster, Paul. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 26, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/210846.
"Webster, Paul." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 26 January 2023.
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