One of the great and influential names in the world of Jazz, Ben Webster had a long and productive career spanning several decades. His collaborations read like a Who’s Who in Jazz and his live gigs were always memorable ones.
Webster worked steadily, but in late 1964 he moved to Europe, working with other expatriate American jazz musicians and local musicians. He played when he pleased during his last decade. He lived in London and several locations in Scandinavia for one year, followed by three years in Amsterdam, and made his last home in Copenhagen in 1969. Webster appeared as a sax player in a low-rent cabaret club in the 1970 Danish blue film titled Quiet Days in Clichy. In 1971, Webster reunited with Duke Ellington and his orchestra for a couple of shows at the Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen; he also recorded “live” in France with Earl Hines. He also recorded or performed with Buck Clayton, Bill Coleman and Teddy Wilson.
Here’s who plays with him on this day and here’s what they play:
Ben Webster, tenor sax
Joe Galiardi, trumpet
Andrè Faist, trombone
Henri Chaix, piano
Isla Eckinger, bass
Romano Cavicola, drums
Benny Bailey, trumpet
1. Swinging The Blues
2. Now’s The Time
3. Debbie’s Blues
4. In A Mellow Tone
5. The Jeep Is Jumpin’
And a swingin’ time was had by all.
Enjoy and stick around for next week’s installment.
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