A Packed Copenhagen Jazzhouse, 300 in the audience and 25 on the stage, celebrated Ben Websters 105 year birthday march 28.
It was the seasons last concert for Denmark Radio Big Band, and the soloists where tenorsaxofonist Jesper Thilo and this years prize receiver, singer Sinne Eeg.
Thilo featured a chain of arrangements, associated to Ben Webster in full flight, “Cottontail”, “Did you Call Her Tonight”, “Old Folks”, “Stompy Jones”, “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” and the pretty  Ellington piece “Blue Light” featured on the clarinet. Arrangements by Ray Pitts, Niels Joergen Steen and Dennis Mackrel.
After the intermission chairman Henrik Iversen introduced and presented Sinne Eeg with the Webster prize, 25.000 dKr plus recent Webster CD’s and DVD. Also a fitting Nightgown with Klaus Albrectsens Webster-cartoon on the front and the quote  “No Fool, No Fun” on the back.
Sinne was quite happy and opened up with “One for Ben” a beautiful ballad, written by Ole Matthiessen – member of the board. The music was written when Webster passed but the lyrics were fresh and added this year.
Sinne sang six songs arranged by Jesper Riis and Peter Jensen, a.m.o. “Waiting for Dawn”, “My Favourite Things”, “Hvorfor er lykken så lunefuld?” and finished in a smashing duet with Thilo, “All of Me” arranged by Thad Jones.
Again: It was a happy night in the spirit of Ben Webster. A good time was had by all.

Sonny Rollins talks about Ben Webster on this Video

September 2013
Check you discography. You won't find it. Previously unreleased recordings.

BEN WEBSTER, tenor sax

Recorded at Pub Trondhjem, Norway, March 17, 1970.
Storyville Records in agreement with the Ben Webster Foundation

Ben Webster meets Oscar Peterson for the last time...(DVD is under way)

Listen to the Prize Party produced by Christian Rohde Nielsen

The Ben Webster Foundation

The mission of The Ben Webster Foundation is to keep the music and the memory of one of the worlds finest tenor saxophonists alive. Ben Webster (27.3.1909-20.9.1973) spent his last years in Denmark. 

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►Check out all known gigs by Ben Webster from 1925 to 1973

Listed by Frank Brückmann Møller, member of the Ben Webster Foundation


See all the Ben Webster prize winners
Then Ben Webster Foundation supports Jazz in Denmark. Since 1977 we have given a yearly prize to numerous of Danish jazz musicians. 

all the prizewinners

Jazzbooker and jazz enthusiast con amore Tove Enevoldsen receives the Ben Webster Prize of Honor 2014
At the 2012 prize-party Klaus Albrectsen received the Ben Webster Honorary Prize for his wonderful drawings of jazz musicians

Doug Raney blessed the 2012 prize-party with his effortless guitar playing

On July 3rd, 2011 Sonny Rollins received an honourable membership of the Ben Webster Foundation
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Legendary reedplayer Yusef Lateef and legendary owner of the Montmartre Jazzhus met again in 2009 and became both Honourable Memberes of the Ben Webster Foundation.

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Transcription of Ben Webster's famous solo on Cottontail in 1940
The photo shows Cootie Williams, Russell Procope og Paul Gonsalves visiting Webster in Copenhagen.
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