Ben Webster

Born 27 March 1909. Died 20 October 1973.
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The history of the saxophone part 1: tenor - The Jazz House

The Jazz House charts the history of the saxophone with Richard Michael. Part One looks at the tenor sax.

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Benjamin Francis Webster (March 27, 1909 – September 20, 1973), 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 (with his own distinctive growls), 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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