Paul Webster

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 24th, 1909 (Kansas City), Died May 6th, 1966

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1927 - 1956

Roles Represented in DAHR: trumpet, arranger, vocalist

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  
(Results 1-25 of 147 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Webster, Paul," accessed May 14, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/210846.

Webster, Paul. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 14, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/210846.

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

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/210846

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