This day (March 15, 1959 ), in New York City, New York,, died Lester Willis Young, nicknamed ‘Pres’ or ‘Prez’, an American jazz tenor saxophonist and clarinetist.
Wikipedia : This day (March 15, 1959 ), in New York City, New York,, died Lester Willis Young, nicknamed ‘Pres’ or ‘Prez’, an American jazz tenor saxophonist and clarinetist.
@allmusic : 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.
@last.fm : “We called my mother ‘the Duchess,’” Holiday said in a 1959 interview, “so he named me ‘Lady Day’ and I called him ‘Prez’—we were the royal family.” It has been suggested that Young was called “Prez” long before meeting her, but there is no evidence of this.
@Discogs : US jazz tenor saxophoneplayer (August 27th, 1909, Woodville – March 15th, 1959, New York), ranks together with Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster as one of the three great tenors of the the swing era.
Audio : There Will Never Be Another You . Ad Lib Blues . I Can’t Get Started . Stardust . These Foolish Things . Tea for Two . Almost Like Being In Love . On the Sunny Side of the Street . Just You, Just Me . Lester Leaps In .
Video : w/ Billie Holiday – Fine And Mellow . Polka Dots And Moonbeams – (1958) . w/ Coleman Hawkins – Jumpin’ With The Synphony Sid (1958) . w/ Ella Fitzgerald – Blues For Greasy (1950) . Lester Leaps In – The Life And Times Of Lester Pres Young .