Lester Young

Born 27 August 1909. Died 15 March 1959
Lester Young
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1909-08-27
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Lester Young

Lester Young Biography (BBC)

Together with Coleman Hawkins, Young was one of the most influential saxophonists of the swing era. His light, airy sound, and the melodic grace of his improvisations were in direct contrast to Hawkins's gruffer, more harmonically-based approach. Young's velvety tone and rapid articulation were major influences on the bebop generation of saxophonists that followed, notably Charlie Parker.

Young had grown up close to New Orleans, before going on the road with his father's family band. As well as this practical musical apprenticeship - Young tried several instruments before deciding on saxophone - he absorbed the styles of Jimmy Dorsey and Frankie Trumbauer from records. In the early 1930s he played in various territory bands, and settled in Kansas City in 1933.

The following year he first played with Count Basie, whom he rejoined in 1936 as a founder-member of the first great Basie band. Part of the band's style was built around the contrasting tenor styles of Young and Herschel Evans (who emulated Hawkins), and Young quickly established himself as one of the group's key soloists. He also played some beautiful, limpid clarinet solos with Basie's small group, the Kansas City Five.

During this time he also played on several of Billie Holiday's recordings with Teddy Wilson, committing to disc his very special musical relationship with the singer in which his phrasing created a delicate counterpoint to her vocals. He left Basie to lead his own groups from 1940-43, but returned to the band until his disastrous induction to the military in 1944.

After several nightmarish months - most of which were spent in detention - he was returned to civilian life, and began working as a freelance and occasional bandleader. His most high profile work during his last decade was with Jazz at the Philharmonic, playing in tenor 'battles' with other soloists including Hawkins. His final years were bedevilled by alcoholism, but he nevertheless produced some outstanding and heartfelt recordings, including a first-rate reunion with Wilson for the Verve label.

Lester Young Biography (Wikipedia)

Lester Willis Young (August 27, 1909 – March 15, 1959), nicknamed "Pres" or "Prez", was an American jazz tenor saxophonist and occasional clarinetist.

Coming to prominence while a member of Count Basie's orchestra, Young was one of the most influential players on his instrument. In contrast to many of his hard-driving peers, Young played with a relaxed, cool tone and used sophisticated harmonies, using what one critic called "a free-floating style, wheeling and diving like a gull, banking with low, funky riffs that pleased dancers and listeners alike".

Known for his hip, introverted style, he invented or popularized much of the hipster jargon which came to be associated with the music.

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Indiana
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Nat King Cole
Red Callendar
Billie Holiday
A Sailboat in the Moonlight
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Gigantic Blues
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Gigantic Blues
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Mean To Me
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Mean To Me
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Ad-lib Blues
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Ad-lib Blues
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Jumping With Symphony Sid
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Jumping With Symphony Sid
Vic Dickenson
These Foolish Things
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These Foolish Things
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Body And Soul
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Body And Soul
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Indiana
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Indiana
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Blues (ad lib blues)
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Blues (ad lib blues)
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I Didn't Know What Time It Was
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I Didn't Know What Time It Was
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Barefootin Time In Chinatown
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Barefootin Time In Chinatown
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D B Blues
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D B Blues
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I've Found A New Baby
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I've Found A New Baby
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Me Myself and I
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Me Myself and I
Count Basie
One O'Clock Jump
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One O'Clock Jump
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I Can't Get Started
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I Can't Get Started
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I Can't Give You Anything But Love
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I Can't Give You Anything But Love
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Lester Leaps In
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Lester Leaps In
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Destination K.C.
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Destination K.C.
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Tickle Toe
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Tickle Toe
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I Never Knew
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I Never Knew
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Easy Does It
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Easy Does It
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Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie
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Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie
Count Basie
Taxi War Dance
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Taxi War Dance
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Countless Blues
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Countless Blues
Count Basie
Jumpin' At The Woodside
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Jumpin' At The Woodside
Count Basie
Every Tub
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Every Tub
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Oh, Lady Be Good
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Oh, Lady Be Good
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Shoe Shine Boy
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Shoe Shine Boy
Dave Dreyer
Back In Your Own Backyard
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Back In Your Own Backyard
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Sometimes I'm happy
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Sometimes I'm happy
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There Will Never Be Another You
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There Will Never Be Another You
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There Will Never Be Another You
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There Will Never Be Another You
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These Foolish Things
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These Foolish Things
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I've Found A New Baby
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I've Found A New Baby
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Jump Lester Jump
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Jump Lester Jump
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Dickie's Dream (Take 2)
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Dickie's Dream (Take 2)
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You're Driving Me Crazy
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You're Driving Me Crazy
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I've Found A New Baby
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I've Found A New Baby
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Indiana
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Indiana

Indiana

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Pagin' The Devil
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Pagin' The Devil
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I Cover The Waterfront
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I Cover The Waterfront
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Body And Soul
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Body And Soul
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I Never Knew
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I Never Knew
Billie Holiday
Pennies From Heaven (feat. Lester Young)
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Pennies From Heaven (feat. Lester Young)
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