Known by the nickname 'The Brute,' he is one of the three most important swing tenor musicians to ever make music, grouped with
He was taught how to play piano and violin before focusing on saxophone; he was eventually invited to play with
He toured with the Jazz at the Philharmonic Orchestra in the 1950s.
He was born and grew up in Kansas City, Missouri.
Webster recorded a classical album called The Tatum Group Masterpieces, Vol. 8 with Art Tatum, Red Callender, and Bill Douglass.