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Young, Lester, 1909-1959

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LC classificationML419.Y7 Biography
Personal name headingYoung, Lester, 1909-1959
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Variant(s)Young, Lester Willis, 1909-1959
Pres, 1909-1959
Prez, 1909-1959
See alsoCorporate body: Lester Young-Teddy Wilson Quartet
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LocatedUnited States
Birth date1909-08-27
Death date1959-03-15
Place of birthWoodville (Miss.)
Place of deathNew York (N.Y.)
Field of activityJazz
AffiliationUnited States. Army. Infantry Division, 88th King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band Basie-ites (Musical group)
Keynote Records U.S. Army Garrison (Fort McClellan, Ala.)
Profession or occupationSaxophonists Jazz musicians
Found inLester Young, 1959.
Lester Young in Washington, D.C., 1956 [SR] v. 3, p1981: labels (Lester Young) container ("Pres")
Lester Young, 1985: CIP p. 3 (Prez)
Baker, 8th ed. (Young, Lester (Willis),"Pres" or "Prez"; b. 8-27-09, Woodville, Miss., d. 3-15-59, N.Y.; jazz tenor saxophonist)
Wikipedia, Sept. 08, 2014 (Lester Willis Young; born August 27, 1909 in Woodville, Miss.; died March 15, 1959 in New York City; 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. Known for his hip, introverted style, he invented or popularized much of the hipster jargon which came to be associated with the music. Lester Young is said to have popularized use of the term "cool" to mean something fashionable and the term "bread" for money.)
African American National Biography, accessed April 22, 2015, via Oxford African American Studies Center database: (Young, Lester; “Prez,”; “the President”; saxophonist, jazz musician; born 27 August, 1909 in Woodville, Mississippi, United States; played drums, then alto saxophone, Minneapolis (1922-1927); played tenor saxophone for Blue Devils and Art Bronson's Bostonians (1927-1931), toured with Blue Devils (1932), King Oliver's band, Kansas City, Basie-led group (1930s-1940, 1943); played also clarinet; co-led a group with his brother Lee Young (1940); recorded sessions for Keynote Records (1943); was drafted by the U.S. Army, Fort McClellan, Alabama (1944), was dishonorably discharged because of addiction to painkillers and sentenced to a year in the detention barracks at Fort Gordon, Georgia; toured with Norman Granz's well-paying Jazz, Philharmonic (1946); made live sessions with a trio, Olivia's Patio Lounge, in Washington, D.C.; recorded sessions with different musicians (1951, 1952, 1956); suffered sporadic epileptic attacks, was hospitalized several times for alcohol-related problems; played at the television show The Sound of Jazz (1957), Blue Note Club in Paris (1959); won the Down Beat poll for tenor saxophone (1944); died 15 March, 1959 in New York, United States)