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Lester Young

Lester Young artist page: interviews, features and/or performances archived at NPR Music

Interviews & Profiles

Rather than holding his saxophone vertically, Lester Young held it high and to the right.

August 27, 2009 The tenor saxophonist, born 100 years ago Thursday, is remembered for his remarkable solos.

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The cover of The Essential Count Basie, Volume 2

August 1, 2001 This set featuring "the Kansas City Walk" showcases Basie at the height of his ballroom success.

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The cover of The Complete Aladdin Recordings

August 1, 2001 The Complete Aladdin Recordings shows Young's ability to float over bar lines with a light tone.

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Reviews

The cover of The Essential Count Basie, Volume 2

August 1, 2001 This set featuring "the Kansas City Walk" showcases Basie at the height of his ballroom success.

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The cover of The Complete Aladdin Recordings

August 1, 2001 The Complete Aladdin Recordings shows Young's ability to float over bar lines with a light tone.

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Lester Young gave Billie Holiday her nickname: "Lady Day."

April 23, 2009 Hear songs by six great American jazz musicians who would have turned 100 in 2009.

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The Essential Count Basie, Volume 1

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