Lester Young, saxophonist
birth name: Lester Willis Young

Lester Young

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

He was the greatest improviser between Coleman Hawkins and Louis Armstrong of the 1920s and Charlie Parker in the 1940s. […] He played the ordinary in an extraordinary way, using a lot of subtleties to produce music that Billie Holiday said flips you out of your seat with surprise. ~ All about Jazz: Lester Young ~ retrieved August 21, 2013 © All About Jazz

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Lester Young ~ Inducted in the 1980 Big Band And Jazz Hall Of Fame.

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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