Lester Young, saxophonist
birth name: Lester Willis Young

Lester Young

August 27, 1909, Woodville, MS ~ March 15, 1959, New York, NY

Lester Young was one of the true jazz giants, a tenor saxophonist who came up with a completely different conception in which to play his horn, floating over bar lines with a light tone rather than adopting Coleman Hawkins' then-dominant forceful approach. A non-conformist, Young (nicknamed ‘Pres’ by Billie Holiday) had the ironic experience in the 1950s of hearing many young tenors try to sound exactly like him. ~ Allmusic: Lester Young ~ retrieved August 21, 2013 © Allmusic

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August 27, 1977 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (3) Rita Coolidge, (Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher And Higher ~ #2 (2) Andy Gibb, I Just Want To Be Your Everything ~ #1 (1) The Emotions, Best Of My Love


Lester Young ~ Voted into the 1959 Downbeat Jazz Hall Of Fame (Readers Poll).

Lester Young ~ Lester Young/Buddy Rich Trio (1952) ~ Ranked #54 Jazzwise 100 Jazz Albums That Shook The World in 2006 ~ With the spotlight for once firmly on Young himself, the intimate date exhibits all Young’s soul, elusive melodic and rhythmic invention, down-home drive and unearthly delicacy and shows just why he was Charlie Parker's early idol. ~ 2006 © Jazzwise

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