Lester Young

Lester Young‘s Birthday today.  We at the Allen Ginsberg Project continue to be big fans of Lester Young, “The Prez”,  the real Prez  (see previous notices here, and here).

We await with eagerness and anticipation the definitive Prez movie- President of Beauty – The Life and Times of Lester Young –  coming to us soon from filmmaker Henry Ferrini

Here’s a video-pitch for last-minute necessary funding.

and plenty more about this essential movie – here

and a shout-out to Shelton “Shakespear” Alexander for his extraordinary, evocative poem.

Lester Young (1909-1959) – Photograph by Dennis StockRead More

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”Read More

Jack Kerouac’s Birthday

[Jack Kerouac – 1942 Naval Reserve photograph – courtesy The Archive – Sketches on Kerouac]

[Jack Kerouac – Staten Island Ferry Dock, New York City 1953 (Photo c. Allen Ginsberg Estate]

Jack Kerouac’s birthday today! – Happy Birthday, Jack! – Had he lived, he would have been (strange vision!) 91 years old.

Here are some of our more choice Jack Kerouac posts from the Allen Ginsberg Project:

Here‘s Allen reading from Dharma Bums, here‘s Kerouac reading from American Haiku (for more vintage Kerouac recordings, check out these resources here). Here and here are the (video) record … Read More