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Lester Young

Lester Young (Saxophone)

Born: 27th August 1909, Woodville, Mississippi, USA

Died: 15th March 1959, New York, New York, USA

Nationality: American

Lester Willis Young 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".

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