Someone to Watch Over Me: The Life and Music of Ben Webster Frank Büchmann-Møller http://www.press.umich.edu/titleDetailDesc.do?id=86405 The University of Michigan Press, 2006
APPENDIX: BEN WEBSTER’S MUSICAL ACTIVITIES
List of jobs, engagements, and recording sessions
Information listed here is not complete, of course. It is derived from various sources, among others Down Beat, New Amsterdam News, Chicago Defender, Pitts- burgh Courier, Metronome, Jazz Journal, Jazz Monthly, Melody Maker, Jazz Maga- zine (Paris), Jazz Podium, Orkester Journalen, Variety, Billboard, local newspapers, programs from Jazzhus Montmartre (Copenhagen), and also from interviews. To fill the gaps I borrowed some data from Walter C. Allen, Hendersonia (Allen, 1973), Count Basie and Albert Murray, Good Morning Blues (Random House, 1985), Klaus Stratemann, Duke Ellington: Day by Day and Film by Film (JazzMedia, 1992) sup- plemented with new research by Kenneth R. Steiner, and Franz Hoffmann’s most helpful compilations of Jazz Advertised in the Negro Press, 1910-1967 (Hoffmann, 1980–89) and Jazz Reviewed, 1910–50 (Hoffmann, 1995).
“Also” in the date column means that Webster, in addition to the given range of dates, also played another activity, e.g., a recording session.
Odd jobs in Kansas City with his own small band,
Winter–spring 1929 Summer–autumn 1929 Summer Autumn Autumn 1929–late 1930
Late 1930–Feb. 1931
Rooster Ben and His Little Red Hens, and playing piano in clubs and silent movie theaters Brethro Nelson and His Orchestra Tours through Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas Dutch Campbell and His Sugar Stompers Tours through Texas Amarillo, TX, playing piano in a silent movie theater Billy Young and His Family Band
Albuquerque, NM Phoenix, AZ
Plays alto saxophone East Lake Park
Gene Coy and His Original Black Aces Oklahoma City, OK, Market Square Garden Shifts to tenor saxophone Jap Allen and His Orchestra Kansas City, MO Tour through South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska to Tulsa,
OK Booker Pittman and His Orchestra Tour from Tulsa, OK to Kansas City, MO
Edgar Battle and His Orchestra