Lester Young Biography

Saxophonist (1909–1959)
Lester Young was a saxophonist who introduced an approach to improvisation that provided much of the basis for modern jazz solo conception.


The impact of Lester Young’s style was so broad that he has been cited as a favorite by such diverse modern jazz figures as Charlie Parker, Stan Getz, and John Coltrane. Much of the West Coast “cool” style was a product of Lester Young's approach. He was so important that singer Billie Holiday called him president of tenor saxophonists, and he was known thereafter as Prez.

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