Ben Webster biography

Ben Webster

Jazz, Composer

1909 – 1973

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Who was Ben Webster?

Benjamin Francis Webster, a.k.a. "The Brute" or "Frog", was an influential American jazz tenor saxophonist. Webster, born in Kansas City, Missouri, is considered one of the three most important "swing tenors" along with Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young. Known affectionately as "The Brute", he had a tough, raspy, and brutal tone on stomps, yet on ballads he played with warmth and sentiment. Stylistically he was indebted to alto star Johnny Hodges, who, he said, taught him to play his instrument.

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Born
Mar 27, 1909
Kansas City
Also known as
  • B. Webster
  • Webster, Ben
Nationality
  • United States of America
Education
  • Wilberforce University
Died
Sep 20, 1973
Amsterdam

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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