Friday, April 10, 2020

Now's the Time: Ben Webster

The embedded clip of the Kansas City native Ben Webster performing “Old Folks” in 1970 is the stuff of jazz lore.  The tear that appears to stream down Webster’s face at the 4:10 mark is said to be a reflection of the grief he felt upon learning of the death of Johnny Hodges prior to the gig.  Want more?  The edifying 48-minute Webster documentary Big Ben also streams on YouTube.

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