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Happy Birthday Lester Young

By August 27, 2009

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Today, August 27th, 2009, is the 100th anniversary of saxophonist Lester Young's birth. An eccentric, and a loner whose self-destructive tendencies led to his death at age 49, Lester Young’s understated playing was marked by its expression of unexaggerated vulnerability. Read his full artist profile:

Also, watch this moving clip of a 1957 televised concert featuring Lester Young, Billie Holiday, Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster, Roy Eldridge, and Gerry Mulligan playing "Fine and Mellow."

Image Courtesy of Blue Note Records


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