The immortal Lester Young (happy birthday!)

On Aug. 27, 1909,  Lester Young was born in Woodville, Miss. He is one of America’s jazz greats, a non-conformist saxophonist who, by the1950s, became the player every young tenor was trying to imitate. He started on alto sax at the age of 13, and gained notoriety playing in Count Basie’s Kansas City Six (Young  joined  in 1934 and toured for $14 a week).  Billie Holiday called him the president of tenor saxophonists and nicknamed him “Pres.”

You can find recordings of Young’s take on numerous standards (“These Foolish Things,” “A Ghost of a Chance,” and so many more), but here’s a song (circa 1951?) with writing credits given to Young: “Up ‘N Adam.”

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