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Lester Young

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.

Birth and Death Data: Born August 27, 1909 (Woodville), Died March 15, 1959 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1937 - 1949

Roles Represented in DAHR: tenor saxophone, clarinet, saxophone

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 66 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-062747 10-in. 3/10/1941 Blitzkrieg baby Una Mae Carlisle ; Les Young Orchestra Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance sextet instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-062748 10-in. 3/10/1941 Beautiful eyes Una Mae Carlisle ; Les Young Orchestra Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance sextet instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-062749 10-in. 3/10/1941 There'll be some changes made Una Mae Carlisle ; Les Young Orchestra Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance sextet instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-062750 10-in. 3/10/1941 It's sad but true Una Mae Carlisle ; Les Young Orchestra Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance sextet instrumentalist, saxophone  
Philo P1000A 12-in. July 1942 Body and Soul Lester Young Trio Instrumental trio instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Philo P1000B 12-in. July 1942 Indiana Lester Young Trio Instrumental trio instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Philo P1001A 12-in. July 1942 Tea for two Lester Young Trio Instrumental trio instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Philo P1001B 12-in. July 1942 I can't get started Lester Young Trio Instrumental trio instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 61542 10-in. 1/21/1937 Honeysuckle rose Count Basie Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone, clarinet  
Decca 61543 10-in. 1/21/1937 Pennies from heaven Count Basie Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone, clarinet  
Decca 61544 10-in. 1/21/1937 Swinging at the Daisy Chain Count Basie Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone, clarinet  
Decca 61545 10-in. 1/21/1937 Roseland shuffle Count Basie Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone, clarinet  
Decca 62078 10-in. 3/26/1937 Exactly like you Count Basie Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 62079 10-in. 3/26/1937 Boo-Hoo Count Basie Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 62080 10-in. 3/26/1937 The glory of love Count Basie Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 62081 10-in. 3/26/1937 Boogie woogie (I may be wrong) Count Basie Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 62331 10-in. 7/7/1937 Smarty Count Basie Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 62332 10-in. 7/7/1937 One o'clock jump Count Basie Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 62333 10-in. 7/7/1937 Listen my children (and you shall hear) Count Basie Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 62334 10-in. 7/7/1937 John's idea Count Basie Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 62511 10-in. 8/9/1937 Good morning blues Count Basie Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 62512 10-in. 8/9/1937 Our love was meant to be Count Basie Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 62513 10-in. 8/9/1937 Time out Count Basie Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 62514 10-in. 8/9/1937 Topsy Count Basie Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 62682 10-in. 10/13/1937 I keep remembering Count Basie Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
(Results 1-25 of 66 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Young, Lester," accessed January 28, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/211293.

Young, Lester. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved January 28, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/211293.

"Young, Lester." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 28 January 2022.

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