Paul Quinichette

Paul Quinichette (May 17, 1916 – May 25, 1983) was an American jazz musician who played the tenor saxophone. He was known as the "Vice President" or "Vice Prez" for his uncanny emulation of the breathy style of Lester Young, known as "Prez". Young, who affectionately called everyone "Lady ****" (he called Billie Holiday "Lady Day"), called him "Lady Q". Quinichette was also capable of a gruffer style on his own.

He played with Jay McShann, Louis Jordan, and Henry Red Allen before being hired by Count Basie specifically to replace Young in his band. He is featured on some of Dinah Washington's best work recorded in 1952–54. He recorded many small combo dates, including sessions with Young, Charlie Rouse and later with John Coltrane.

Quinichette was born in Denver, Colorado and died in New York City.

Birth and Death Data: Born May 17th, 1916 (Denver), Died May 25th, 1983 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1943 - 1954

Roles Represented in DAHR: tenor saxophone

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 71527 12/1/1943 Say forward I'll march Jay McShann Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 71528 10-in. 12/1/1943 Wrong neighborhood Jay McShann Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 71529 10-in. 12/1/1943 Hometown blues Jay McShann Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 71530 10-in. 11/1/1943 Save me some Jay McShann Orchestra instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 85269 9/25/1953 The heat's off Paul Quinichette Quartet instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 85270 9/25/1953 Mine Paul Quinichette Quartet instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 85271 9/25/1953 The heat's on Paul Quinichette Quartet instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 85272 9/25/1953 The very thought of you Paul Quinichette Quartet instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 85845 2/9/1954 Swingin' the blues Paul Quinichette Quartet instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 85846 2/9/1954 Humpty dumpty heart Paul Quinichette Quartet instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 85847 2/9/1954 I remember Harlem Paul Quinichette Quartet instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  
Decca 85848 2/9/1954 I can't give you anything but love Paul Quinichette Quartet instrumentalist, tenor saxophone  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Quinichette, Paul," accessed October 22, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/338730.

Quinichette, Paul. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 22, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/338730.

"Quinichette, Paul." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 22 October 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/338730

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