[Lester Young – “Prez” – (1909-1959)]
August 27 – It’s Lester Young‘s birthday today
Henry Ferrini‘s upcoming film biography is our focus. More on that essential documentary here.
Drummer Tootie Heath recalls Lester’s lingo, Wayne Shorter recalls apprenticeship with Prez, George Wein recalls sitting-in, Monica Getz recalls travelling on the bus, David Amram, in 2009, speaking of the exuberance of Lester Young…
As Ralph J Gleason memorably put it, “If you don’t know who Pres was, you’ve missed a great part of America”.
Here‘s the original “Lester Leaps In” with Count Basie from 1939