Young, Lester

Young, Lester

▪ American musician
byname  Pres, or Prez  
born Aug. 27, 1909, Woodville, Miss., U.S.
died March 15, 1959, New York, N.Y.
 American tenor saxophonist who emerged in the mid-1930s Kansas City, Mo., jazz world with the Count Basie (Basie, Count) band and introduced an approach to improvisation that provided much of the basis for modern jazz solo conception.

      Young's tone was a striking departure from the accepted full-bodied, dark, heavy variety, with its quick vibrato, because his was light in weight, colour, and texture, with a slow vibrato. The swinging, rhythmic feeling in his improvisations was far more relaxed and graceful than that usually heard in the work of others during the 1930s. His lines were streamlined, logical, and refreshingly melodic. The impact of his style was so broad that he has been cited as a favourite by such diverse modern jazz figures as Charlie Parker, Stan Getz, and John Coltrane. Much of the West Coast “cool” style was a direct product of Lester Young's approach, many saxophonists playing his lines note for note in their own performances. He was so important that singer Billie Holiday (Holiday, Billie) called him president of tenor saxophonists, and he was known thereafter as Pres (or Prez). His best-known performances include “Taxi War Dance,” “D.B. Blues,” and “Lester Leaps In.”

Additional Reading
Lewis Porter, Lester Young (1985); Lewis Porter (ed.), A Lester Young Reader (1991).

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