In 1967, Dutch director Johan van der Keuken filmed tenor saxophonist Ben Webster
when he lived in the Rivierenbuurt section of Amsterdam. In Big Ben: Ben Webster in Europe,
we see Webster performing, sitting in a cafe and talking to his landlady. In other words, it's not a conventional documentary but more like slices of life, giving us an up-close feel for Webster going about his business. Also featured is Don Byas. [Pictured above: Ben Webster in 1967]
A big thanks to my man Jimi Mentis in Anthens, who sent along this link
to a gorgeous print...
This story appears courtesy of JazzWax by Marc Myers.
Copyright © 2020. All rights reserved.