Lester Young

By Stuart Kremsky

 

           Lester Young was the original hipster. No one talked like he did, no one dressed like he did, and surely no one at the time played the tenor saxophone like he did. When the tall red-haired man in the flashy suit and sunglasses held his tenor up in the air, cocked it to the side and started to blow, everyone paid attention. Young was by all accounts a gentle man, who valued softness in all things, and his tone reflects his personality. With a sound that seemed to float over bar lines with a singularly light and... Read More

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