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