We Calloways have had great
tenor saxophone players
since before it was fashionable
Calloway Brooks on Ben Webster:
Ben Webster made his very first recordings with a member of the Calloway family. My dear great aunt, granddad's sister -- Blanche Calloway. This was back in 1931 after Blanche had recorded Louis Armstrong on her records in 1925. Blanche introduced Granddad to Louis around that time. Many decades later Granddad introduced me to Louis when I was 9 years old.
Ben did not record on Blanche's sides with with Louis, Ben recorded in Blanche's band of 1931-1935 called Blanche Calloway and her Joy Boys these bands also included furture greats as Cozy Cole, and Vic Dickenson and the arranger Edgar Battle.
After Blanche, Ben spent the next several years touring with Granddad before moving to Granddad's great pal Duke Ellington's band in 1940. Ben is yet another great player to grow from the Calloway family.
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