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Ben Webster : his life and music

Author: Jeroen de Valk
Publisher: Berkeley, California : Berkeley Hills Books : Distributed by Publishers Group West, [2001]
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"He has been described as 'the best loved of all saxophonists, perhaps of all jazz musicians' (The Penguin Guide to Jazz). Yet there has not been a biography of Ben Webster until now. Best known for his ballads, Webster had the most personal and immediately identifiable sound in all the music. He was Duke Ellington's premier tenor player. He also played with Fletcher Henderson, Cab Calloway, Teddy Wilson, and Billie
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Valk, Jeroen de, 1958-
Ben Webster.
Berkeley, Calif. : Berkeley Hills Books : Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2001
(OCoLC)654639044
Named Person: Ben Webster; Ben Webster
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jeroen de Valk
ISBN: 1893163172 9781893163171
OCLC Number: 45202094
Description: xi, 280 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: The brute and the beautiful --
Kansas city --
Henderson, calloway and wilson --
With the guv'nor: duke ellington --
52nd Street--on his own --
Norman granz and the fruitful fifties --
Final years in the states --
A new life in europe --
The amsterdam years --
Someone to watch over me --
Twilight years in denmark --
The final tours --
Records in the decade 1964-1973 --
"...and i'm old and going" --
Ol' betsy.
Other Titles: In a mellow tone.
Responsibility: Jeroen de Valk.

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"He has been described as 'the best loved of all saxophonists, perhaps of all jazz musicians' (The Penguin Guide to Jazz). Yet there has not been a biography of Ben Webster until now. Best known for his ballads, Webster had the most personal and immediately identifiable sound in all the music. He was Duke Ellington's premier tenor player. He also played with Fletcher Henderson, Cab Calloway, Teddy Wilson, and Billie Holiday. Charming and offending by turns (the latter linked to his fondness for the bottle), Webster was called 'The Brute and the Beautiful' and 'the Jekyll and Hyde of the tenor sax.'".

"De Valk tells the whole story of Ben's life and times, beginning with his years as a piano player, his switch to saxophone in Kansas City bands, his glory years with the Duke, tours with Jazz at the Philharmonic, and years abroad playing with local and expatriate musicians. The author has interviewed dozens of Ben's friends, fellow musicians, and surviving relatives. He sheds light on his complex personality, as well as the secret of his seductive sound. There is a select discography and many photos from all phases of Webster's career."--BOOK JACKET.

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