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Williams and Webster Recording Released

The only known recording of vocalist Joe Williams (pictured) and tenor saxophonist Ben Webster performing together live was commercially released for the first time earlier this week. Hyena released the recently discovered nightclub performance, recorded in February 1964 at Pio’s Lodge in Providence, R.I. Titled Havin’ a Good Time!, the album features backing musicians Junior Mance on piano, Bob Cranshaw on bass and Mickey Roker on drums.

The source tapes for the recording were discovered in the Hamilton College Jazz Archive by Joe Williams’ archivist, Monk Rowe. The recording was donated to the school by Williams’ widow shortly after the singer’s death in 1998.

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