HomeJazzBen Webster: Old Folks Carl May 17, 2012 Jazz 5 Comments The comments to the above clip point out that Ben Webster clearly is crying after Teddy Wilson’s piano solo. The explanation provided — there is no way to verify it, of course — is that Johnny Hodges, with whom Webster had played in Duke Ellington’s band, had just passed away. Everything Webster played was beautiful. One story that I read in more than one place is that when Webster began rehearsing a song that had lyrics he would learn those words in order to play them on his sax. Here is Flying Home — the tune I originally was going to embed until Old Folks popped up — The Brute, C-Jam Blues, Chelsea Bridge and Over the Rainbow. The New Yorker did a piece on Webster about ten years ago. Basic biographical information and discographies can be found on many sites dedicated to Webster, including these two. A special acknowledgement is due to the JazzVideoGuy, who initially posted a lot of these clips and others that I use. He does a terrific job of, well, doing what his name says. Related 5 Responses Scott Dwight May 21, 2012 Thanks for the great Ben Webster clip. Never got to see him live, but I did see Teddy Wilson. One of the most under-rated and under appreciated classic jazz musician. My friend Sammy turned me on to this site. I’m always surprised and delighted by your postings. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.