Lester Young’s Birthday

Lost Treasures from Jazz's Golden Age Head to Harlem Museum

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

Allen, in 1968, to interviewer Michael Aldrich:  “Lester Young was what I was thinking about..“Howl” is all “Lester Leaps In

Douglas Henry Daniels: Lester Leaps In, The life and times of Lester 'Pres' Young, Boston 2002

Here’s more (an NPR report) from the 2009 centennial

Francois Postif’s legendary 1959 interview may be seen here,
but, more importantly, must be heard here.

Frank Büchmann-Møller: You just fight for your life, The story of Lester Young, New York 1990

August 27-29, WKCR’s annual Lester Young and Charlie Parker birthday broadcasts

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