Ben Webster hated to fly on airplanes.
When he went to Europe to perform for his fans across the Atlantic, the trip was one-way.
A contemporary of Charlie Parker, Webster grew up in Kansas City, Mo., right off of 24th Street. He taught himself to play the piano at a young age, and started his career performing as a pianist for silent films. It wasn't until he was about 20 years old that he took up the saxophone.